Besides bearing the CE marking sign, toys must also have all appropriate warning labels identifying user limitations and at least the user's minimum or maximum age. Where applicable, toy labels must also indicate the abilities or physical characteristics required by a user to use a specific toy safely (e.g. user weight, need for supervision).

When placing warning labels on a toy, the producer may choose between a warning phase, a pictogram or both. A warning phrase must contain a short description of the specific hazard and a clear indication of the harm. 

The following warning labels must be considered:

  • Toys not intended for children below the age of 3: "Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small parts. Choking hazard." or "Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Long cord. Strangulation hazard."
  • Activity toys: "Warning. Only for domestic use."
  • Functional toys: "Warning. To be used only under adult supervision."
  • Chemical toys: "Not suitable for children under (…) years. For use only under adult supervision."
  • Aquatic toys: "Only to be used in water in which the child is within its depth. Adult supervision is required."
  • Toys in food: "Warning. Toy inside. Adult supervision is recommended."
  • Imitations of protective masks and helmets: "This toy does not provide protection."
  • Skates, skateboards, scooters and similar: "The use of protective equipment is recommended. Not to be used in traffic."
  • Other warnings: "This toy contains fragrances that may cause allergies."

warning labels for toys