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For every single design of sock, you will need to contact the manufacturer of said sock to obtain certification for the fibre composition, washing stability, colour fastness and also the OEKO- Tex Standard 100 certificates for heavy metals, formaldehydes and pesticides. These documents will go into the ‘technical file’. You will then have to show that you have ensured that the socks will stand the mechanical, physical and flammability test.


Toy filling already complies with the regulations, so taking a photograph of the labelling that accompanied your filling is all you need to do. Toy fabric manufacturers tend to test their fabrics so you will be able to get documentation. A fire test certificate from a fabric manufacturer will not do as flammability can also depend on the shape of the toy. You will still need to test it: yes, you will have to sacrifice a toy for burning - ouch! Your local Trading Standards Officer will help you check that you have everything required, but they will


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charge you for the consultation at £52 per hour. Talk fast!


The alternative is to pay to have all the testing done for you. To test a toy will cost you around £300 and you will get to assign the CE mark to it forever. Your finished toy will be submitted to a series of tests that comprise EN71. This consists of a physical test, a flammability test and a third test for migration of certain elements in the dyes. Every colour used in the sock, plus the threads used to hand stitch the face etc, and any labels attached need to be tested.


There are many laboratories around the country offering the testing, and prices vary, but I was quoted the following: Physical test £75 Flammability £25 Migration £186 (A sock with four colours, a label and one colour thread would mean a total of six migration tests at £31 each.)


Total: £286 The good news is that all you have to do is post your toy off to a laboratory. The bad news is that this applies to one design, using a pre-determined set of materials. Change anything and you will have to re-test. For my sock bunnies, whose charm lies partly in the myriad of designs and colours, this is totally unworkable, as the price is for one design of sock. 150 bunnies, in one design would mean adding £2 to the price of each.


The TS officer was relieved to hear that I wasn’t shifting thousands of unsafe bunny toys. He said that it was something that I will have to sort out for the long term but for now I need to state ‘Not suitable for anyone under the age of 14 years’.


This is a short-term safeguard that will not hold a lot of water in court when some child chokes on the thread used to make the eyes, but is better than nothing whilst I sort out what to do next.


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