CE Testing – Don’t Be a Dummy!

This post is 3 years old and currently undergoing a re-write. Please be aware that CE testing and conformation requirements are subject to change. If you have any advice and tips to share please do get in touch I’d love to chat with you : joanne@joannedewberry.co.uk

Quick question when/if you buy handmade bibs, toys, comforters, dummy tags, slings etc from Facebook do you check if these are CE tested?

I love a good discussion me. I posted this question on my personal Facebook page and here is what I have learn’t.

Erica from Odds & Soxlets comprehensive article about CE testing is one of the most popular on my blog. She and Nicky from AmaraBay are great examples of how they use Facebook to ensure there customers know that their products are safe and conform by using images of products being tested and what EN they conform too. But as a parent/customer is this something that you check?

Being a bit of a CE Guru Erica suggests that “most people don’t even know what the CE logo stands for! Toys need to be CE marked and tested against the toy safety directive but there are no specific safety regs for bibs or baby clothing etc. dummy tags/clips have a set of standards to follow but don’t need to be CE marked and tag blankets are a grey area some trading standards consider them a toy and others don’t!”

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Did you know that Dummy Clips with beads or any type of bling are now illegal full stop? Trading Standards only allows basic dummy clips made with cross grain ribbon to a specific length with plastic clips. All others are deemed unsafe –  I tell you what I didn’t! And how many times have you seen handmade beaded ones for sale on Facebook?

Trading Standards are beginning to clamp down on those using the CE marking illegally and those who don’t even consider that it applies to them.  This can only be music to the ears of those makers who do produce correctly CE marked products.  Long gone are the days when you can make “pin money” from a hobby making toys, if you take money you are a business.

When starting a small business the most important aspect in a “start up” is RESEARCH!  So much time and effort is put into sourcing materials, deciding where to sell products and pricing as a crafter you MUST research your market too, checking for any rules, regulations that apply to the products you plan to sell. You must register self employed and have correct insurances.

Next time you buy a handmade product aimed at children check it’s tested.

For more tips on developing your craft based business check out my book “Crafting a Successful Small Business


  1. April 30, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Thanks for this – the idea of CE testing hadn’t even occurred to me, and I buy a lot of hand made stuff. When you buy stuff, even if it’s from a small outlet, you tend to think “well it must be safe, or they wouldn’t be allowed to sell it…”
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    • May 1, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      I agree you would “expect” things to be safe. But I think with things like people selling on Facebook it is a bit harder to police these things. Hopefully making consumers aware will play a bit role in stamping out unsafe products.

  2. tracy sutherland
    June 12, 2015 / 2:31 am

    what is the correct length for basic dummy clips

  3. June 13, 2015 / 6:47 am

    Tracy I think it’s 22cm BUT you should check this with your local council and trading standards.

  4. Courtney-lee Merrishaw
    July 3, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    How do i go about testing my dummy clips and how much would if cost?

  5. alice davies
    October 7, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Can anyone give me advice on dummy clips please and make sure im doing with in law

  6. hannah
    November 16, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Can anyone give me tips on regulations for teething necklaces. Was planning to buy the beads on line from china-they state they are bpa free and good grade and then make them at home to sell in a friends craft shop or online. My mum was worried about liability for choking. I see lots of sellers on Amazon and eBay but want to stay within the law. What’s my next step?

  7. Marie
    January 31, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Can anyone give me advice regarding an elephant comfort blanket. Trading standards don’t seem too sure about the marking and I’m going to do it to be safe. Do I test the elephant and the blanket?

    Thank you marie

  8. February 19, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Pleas can you tell me, if I have to get baby bandana bibs tested if I would like to sell them? If so how would I go about this please? I buy my fabric and kam snaps (used for fastening) from the same supplier and use terry nappies for the backing.

    • February 21, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Hi Kirsty, thank you for stopping by. Bandana bibs do not come under the toy safety regulations so long as they are indented for use by a child. They do however need a break away feature (such as Velcro to avoid strangulation). Having said that if you are making them as an accessory to use as a doll/toy/baby dress up item then yes they would indeed require toy safety testing and CE marking. Hope that helps. Do let me know if I can help any further.

  9. Pam Whitham
    March 7, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I would be grateful if you could advise me please. I make fabric dolls pram/bedding sets do these need to be CE tested too? I have searched the internet and various regulations but I am unable to find any information.

    Thank you

  10. Cheryl
    March 14, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Can you help me find out the what I need to do and know to make dummy clips , teething silicone bead necklaces the product is a self making kit on eBay and comes with a all the necessary requirements for them to sell it but do I need to meet any requirements to resell as an actual product made to use, all the baby materials are 100% food grade silicone BPA&TOXIN free what i have looked into buying .. feeling a bit baffled by it all

  11. Alicia
    March 19, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Could you give some information about the regulations for selling baby/children blankets, mats, muslin cloths?
    Thank you

  12. Sue kay
    March 25, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Hi could you give me some information regarding book bag beaded name tags on a key ring for school age children please. Do these need to be ce tested and if so how do I do this? Thank you.

    April 17, 2017 / 3:52 am

    I fully understand CE testing but find the labelling ambiguous, to say the least. The label implies that the toy has been CE tested when, in fact, it hasn’t. Only one toy in a batch is tested but that isn’t sold as the testing has destroyed it. In short none of the toys that you buy with a label has been tested because if it had it wouldn’t exist. The fire test is to make sure that there is time for a child to drop the toy before it is destroyed by flames. That toy may well pass but the hand knitted cardigan that the child is wearing wouldn’t. It could have bling, beads, buttons, feathers, all choking hazards, long ribbons and cords, both strangulation hazards and nearly all yarns go up in flames very easily, yet no testing has to be done. A toy can be dropped but an item of clothing can’t.

  14. Sydnie corley
    July 28, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Hi. What test kit do I need for baby bibs, comferters and nappies winners please.

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