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Toy Electrical Standard EN 62115 A12 Harmonised under the EU Toy Safety Directive

Photo: electrical toys
Photo: electrical toys

The new amendment A12 to EN 62115 is now harmonized under the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. The changes mainly affect electrical toys with a motor or inductor. New requirements are applicable for toys with integrated electromagnetic field source. They will come into force from 3 June 2017.

Major Changes in Amendment A12

1. Marking and instructions:

When the markings or instructions included in 7.4 are present only on the packaging, there must be a statement on the packaging to retain the packaging because it contains important information.

2. Heating and abnormal operation:

Each low-power circuit is short-circuited by connecting the low-power point to the pole of the power supply from which the measurements are made. If this short circuit results in a hazardous condition, the short circuit is removed and the tests of 9.8.2 a) to f) are applied to the relevant low-power circuits.

3. Construction:

The content of the former note Z1 (see below) is incorporated in clause 14.10 as part of the requirement.

“Connectors (jack plugs, USB plugs, RCA phono plugs etc.) with a diameter or diagonal measurement between 3.75 mm and 5.25 mm and length greater than 7 mm are considered to fail this requirement.”

4. Toys with an integrated field source:

Toys with an integrated field source generating Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) shall comply with EN 62233:2008 with the following modifications:

Toys without a motor, inductor or which only include passive electronic components, are considered to comply with this requirement without measurement. The requirements do not apply to parts of toys consuming a current of 3 A or less.

In EN 62233:2008, A.2.3 "Measuring distances and sensor location", add the following to Table A.1, before the row for "transformers for toys":

Table: Measuring distances and sensor location
Table: Measuring distances and sensor location

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