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EU Harmonises Toy Standards EN 71-1 and EN 71-3; and the New Standard EN 71-14 on Trampolines

Photo: Trampoline
Photo: Trampoline

The European Commission harmonises the toy standards EN 71-1:2014 EN 71-3 +A1:2014 and EN 71-14:2014.

In the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 2015/C 087/02 dated 13 March 2015[1] the new amendments to EN 71-1 and EN 71-3 have been harmonised. In addition the new standard EN 71-14 on trampolines has been harmonised for the first time. Only harmonized standards can be used to show compliance to the EU Toy Directive 2009/48/EC. The amendments will come into force after 29 February 2016. The new standard EN 71-14 is in force from the date of publication in the OJEU.

New EN 71-14[2] standard on trampolines

The new EN 71-14 trampoline standard was published by CEN in October 2014. Now this standard is harmonised, there is no longer need to perform EC-type examination on trampolines within the scope of the EN 71-14 standard. The standard applies to trampolines for domestic use, intended to be used indoor or outdoor above ground level by one person. Trampolines for professional, fitness and medical use, and use in public playgrounds are excluded. The standard also does not apply to some specific trampolines like inclined, inflatable, buried at ground level and trampolines with additional features like e.g. tents, basketball hoop.

Different categories have been identified: mini, medium and large trampolines:

Table: Different categories have been identified: mini, medium and large trampolines
Table: Different categories have been identified: mini, medium and large trampolines

Physical, durability, impact resistance, strength and stability requirements have been set.

Changes to EN 71-1[3], physical and mechanical properties

The EN 71-1:2014 revision is an administrative revision. The revision was needed to comply with CEN rules and contains only one technical change: a 6 mm tolerance was added to the self-retraction cord measurement (clause 5.4.e).

Changes to EN 71-3 +A1[4], migration of certain elements

The A1 amendment was a fast track change to provide further details on:

  • pH control and adjustment
  • importance of ensuring test portion is wetted and remains dispersed during agitation
  • means of agitation

A normal CEN revision process is in preparation to include further method improvements.

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[1] Original publication

[2] See for more information: SGS-SafeGuards 181/14

[3] See for more information: SGS- SafeGuards  212/14

[4] See for more information: SGS-SafeGuards  196/14

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