Children’s Product Testing-for the safety of children

Middle East Testing Services’s regulatory experts verify the design, safety, and quality of a variety of toys and children’s product to meet the requirements of vide notification no

Middle East Testing Services Test and Research Centre is a NABL accrediated* laboratory for Toys Testing as per IS – 9873 (Part 1, 3, 9) and IS 15644.


The safety of kids is a sensitive subject, which is mainly close to the heart of every parent. When purchasing toys/products for a kid, product safety is an important issue. Finger traps, sharp edges, loose components, the presence of toxic materials and substances which are too flammable can all affect in severe damage to the kid and severe penalty for the suppliers of any toy/product deemed to be unsafe.

IS 9873 Part 1: Mechanical & Physical Properties of Toys

The principle of this standard is to diminish risks related with children’s toys. Particular tests are performed on toys based upon the toy type and/or characteristics of the toy. In addition, proper warning labels are addressed in this standard..

EN 71 Part 2: Flammability of Toys

This section determines the flammability of toys. It provides general requirements along with exact requirements for particular toys, which come out to be the most harmful, this includes: toys to be worn on head (moustaches, wigs, beards, etc.), toy disguise costumes & intended to be worn by kids in play, toys intended to be entered by a kid, and soft filled toys.

IS 9873 Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements

This section involves determining the migration of the following elements: Cadmium, Barium, Lead, Mercury, Chromium, Antimony and Selenium from easily reached parts of toys. This applies to the following toy materials: varnishes/ paints/ lacquers/ coatings/ polymeric & similar materials/ printing inks/similar material, textiles, paper and paper board, ceramic/ glass/ metallic materials, other materials whether mass colored or not, materials intended to leave a trace, (i.e. pencils or liquid pens) and pliable modeling materials.

IS 9873 Part 4: Swings, Slides and Similar Activity Toys

This section specifies requirements for indoor & outdoor activity toys for domestic family use intended for children under 14 years. This standard covers swings, slides, rocking toys, carousels, climbing frames, inflatable activity toys, paddling pool, motion rides, rung ladders, stepladders, stairways, head & neck entrapment.

IS 9873 Part 7: Tests for Finger Paints

This part involves requirement for the safety of finger paints only. Finger paints are aqueous semi-solid or liquid, coloured mixture specially designed for children to apply directly to different IS 9873 Part 7 Specifies limits that finger paints may contain for listed preservatives, colourants, carcinogenic primary aromatic amines, and migration of certain elements, benzo (a) pyrene, N- Nitrosamines and label warnings.

IS 9873 Part 9: Certain Phthalates Esters in Toys

This part specifies maximum acceptable level of certain phthalate esters in toys and children’s product. This standard provide separate limit for toys meant for child under 4 years of age and other toy products.

*Please refer detailed scope of accreditation.