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The Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995

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I.GENERAL PRINCIPLES

1.  In compliance with the requirements of Article 2 of the Directive, the users of toys as well as third parties must be protected against health hazards and risk of physical injury when toys are used as intended or in a foreseeable way, bearing in mind the normal behaviour of children. Such risks are those—

(a)which are connected with the design, construction or composition of the toy;

(b)which are inherent in the use of the toy and cannot be completely eliminated by modifying the toy’s construction and composition without altering its function or depriving it of its essential properties.

2.—(a) The degree of risk present in the use of a toy must be commensurate with the ability of the users, and where appropriate their supervisors, to cope with it. This applies in particular to toys which, by virtue of their functions, dimensions and characteristics, are intended for use by children of under 36 months.

(b)To observe this principle, a minimum age for users of toys and/or the need to ensure that they are used only under adult supervision must be specified where appropriate.

3.  Labels on toys and/or their packaging and the instructions for use which accompany them must draw the attention of users or their supervisors fully and effectively to the risks involved in using them and to the ways of avoiding such risks.

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