Fabric certification information
Attention all toy makers! If you make toys to sell then you are legally required to ensure they are safe and carry the CE Mark. This might sound daunting, but we are reliably informed it’s not as scary as you might think.
Part of the process for gaining CE Certification is ensuring that the materials you use are compliant with the European Standard “EN71” and if you are reading this then you are probably wondering whether the fabrics we sell are compliant with that standard. Many of the fabrics we sell are imported from other continents, and as such fall outside of any European regulations. Some fabrics and components come from the United States. The US have a similar system of certification called CPSIA which stands for the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. EN71 and CPSIA do have similarities, but are not the same. Many people choose to use the CPSIA certification when conforming their products to CE standard under the concept of “due diligence”, ie that you, as a toy maker, have taken reasonable steps to satisfy the legal requirement but you should check with your local Trading Standards Office for clarification.
There is another standard in the US that is often referred to, OEKO-TEX®. OEKO-TEX® compliant products have the label "Confidence in textiles". This label can be found in the shops on many textiles which have been successfully tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent test and certification system for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances – from threads and fabrics to the ready-to-use items that you can buy in the shops.
Many of our suppliers are based in the United States and issue statements around CPSIA and OEKO-TEX®. We have contacted our suppliers and have put together the following information to assist you but should you require further information than we have provided we would encourage you to contact the manufacturers directly, or alternatively arrange for your own independant testing.
In addition to contacting the manufacturers of many of our fabric ranges, we have also had some of the unbranded products we sell independently tested ourselves and are making these results freely available for you to use when you are self-certifying.
Please remember it’s not all of the fabrics that we sell have the CE Mark, but the products that you manufacture that require it. If the manufacturer you want is flagged as “Awaiting Information” it means that we have contacted them and have yet to receive a response.
Cuddlesoft : The cuddlesoft fabric we sell is unbranded plush fabric and the range is unique to Plush Addict. We took the decision to have these fabrics tested ourselves to EN71 & EN73 standard and they passed, the certificate can be seen here.
Shannon have this statement on their website about theit minky. We also have copies of some lead testing certificates, these can be seen here: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4. Here is the OEKO-TEX certificate for their fabrics
Benartex Minkee: Awaitinginformation
Minky Baby Fabrics: Awaitinginformation
Riley Blake: Awaiting Information
Robert Kaufman : have provided this information
- RK Letter
- Test Report 1
- Test Report 2
- Test Report 3
- Test Report 4
- Test Report 5
- Test Report 6
- Test Report 7
We stock the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton range of fabrics.The Kona Cotton Shade card states that Kona cotton solid fabrics are tested for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Camelot Cottons: Awaiting information
Alexander Henry: Received from Alexander Henry “In the U.S. the quality of fabric that we use was exempt from the CPSIA rulings and because of that we can no longer issue a “Certificate of Compliance”. The certifications that we have are for domestic use and are not recognized internationally."
Adorn-It: Awaiting information
Every Day Range: There is no information available for these fabrics
Microfleece:The microfleece range we sell is unique to Plush Addict. We took the decision to have these fabrics tested ourselves to EN71 & EN73 standard and they passed and you can use these certificates.
Polar Fleece: The polar fleece range we sell is unique to Plush Addict. We took the decision to have these fabrics tested ourselves to EN71 & EN73 standard and they passed and you can use the following certificates.
Chalk cloth: We took the decision to have the chalk cloth we sell tested ourselves to EN71 & EN73 standard and they passed and you can use these certificates.
NOTIONS AND THREADS
KAM Snaps, pliers and presses: We only supply branded snaps from KAM. These are certified to OEKO-TEX® and the certificate can be viewed here. We often get asked if hand pliers and/ or presses are EN71 compliant, these are tools which are used to apply KAM snaps and as such is not relevant, it is the snaps themselves which are of interest. Bear in mind it is the finished article you make that needs to be safe and comply. KAM snaps that are applied by hand pliers are rarely as secure as those applied by a press. We would recommend that you use a press for applying snaps on products that you wish to CE certify.
Berisford Ribbons: Berisford replied with the following information “Our dyed satin ribbon is tested to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class II. Please follow this link which will give you a full understanding of what testing is done and its skin contact suitability.
Our pre-dyed woven ribbons have a Class I certificate which would be suitable for babies/small children up to the age of 3. We do not do any testing for EN71 on our ribbon. If you require the ribbon testing to EN71 then you will need to arrange this independently”
We hope that the above information is useful for you. We shall keep trying to obtain information from manufacturers that have yet to respond.
If you are embarking on this journey and would like some extra support from people who have been there, or are undergoing the certification process there is a very supportive Facebook group you might find helpful. We would encourage you to join the group if you are looking to certify your goods, you can find them here.