The phenomenon of "hand spinners" or "fidget spinners" is a global hype at the moment. They come in all shapes, colours and materials (plastic, metal, etc.).
These are incredibly popular gadgets in our schools and are sold in various stores, not just toy stores but also newsagents.
Requirements of the toy regulations
Hand or fidget spinners are considered to be toys because, according to the regulations, they meet the definition of a toy: "any product designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children under the age of 14".
These product must meet the requirements applying to toys, such as:
- CE marking;
- Compulsory indication of toy reference;
- Compulsory indication of the name and address of the manufacturer and, if required, the importer;
- Warning "Not suitable for children under 3 years of age" if small parts such as ball-bearings may come off;
- Availability of a technical file, and so on.
Responsibility for technical conformity
No CE marking, lack of information, possible use of hazardous chemical substances, etc.: all these elements raise doubts about technical conformity.
Hundreds of different models (around 1.5 million items) have been blocked at customs.
Do you sell spinners?
Spinners are considered to be toys and you must take the appropriate regulations into account.
You sell spinners from abroad to other businesses or directly to the consumer?
If you are a trader and import spinners into the European market (e.g. from China) with the intention of selling these to other businesses or directly to consumers, you become the importer in the sense of the regulations and you are therefore responsible for these products.
Therefore, you shall ensure that the mandatory information is clearly stated on the spinners!
For more information, consult the page regarding on the safety of toys.