01. Definition of Toys | v.20211122

1. Types of Classification

Part(s) of board game products labeled as under 14 years of age are classified as toy products. The other part(s) that are labeled as for ages 14+ are classified as non-toy general leisure and entertainment products.


1.1 Classification of Toy(s)

Generally, toys  are considered to be products that are used for play by people under the age of 14. Board game products usually need a label on the box with the intended age group (e.g., 8+, 14+) that the product is designed for. If it is labeled 8+, it will be identified as a toy. If it is labeled 14+, it will not be identified as a toy.

Keyword: 14+

1.1.1 Classification of Toys in the USA 

Toy—any object designed, manufactured, or marketed as a plaything for children under 14 years of age.

1.1.2 Classification of Toys in Europe

This European Standard applies to toys for children, any product or material designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children less than 14 years of age.


1.2 Determination of Age Group(s)

The European Union, the United States, and ISO all have guidance documents for determining the age range of a product.
The testing company (laboratory) makes a comprehensive determination of the age range of a product based on the "Product Age Range Guidelines" document in its own database. In most cases, the lab respects the customer's own labeling of the age range of their product. However, if your labeling deviates too much from the suitable age range, then, it will not be approved by the lab. For example, if you label a plush toy as suitable and intended for ages 14+, it is not reasonable and will not be approved as the recommended age of use.

For example, if a game contains this plush toy, the lab will consider that children under 3 years old may still have a chance to come into contact with it; therefore, a label showing the intended age of 6+ will not be recognized by the lab.

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