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!”
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 clamping 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.
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