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Dummy clip / Soother Holder Safety

There are mainly 2 types of soother holders/dummy clips:

1) Soother holders/dummy clips intended to be fastened to garment.
2) Soother holders/dummy clips not intended to be fastened to garment.


LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Soother holders/dummy clips must be designed, tested, and made in conformance to the EU safety regulation BS EN 12586:2007, however other regulations also need to be considered e.g., BS EN 71-3:2019, BS EN ISO 105-E01 2013, BS EN ISO 14184-1 2011, BS EN 14372 2004, BS EN 14362-1 -2, BS EN 71-11 and BS EN 71-9.

The highest risks of soother holders/dummy clips lay in their mechanical and physical properties; thus the most important standards are:
- BS EN 12586 Child use and care articles. Soother holder. Safety requirements and test methods.
- BS EN 71-1 Safety of toys - Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties.


At the moment there are some inconsistencies between standards BS EN 12586 and BS EN71-1 relating to requirements and test methods; there are also difficulties on how to interpret test results (see CEN/TR 1641112).
This has led to uncertainties for all actors in the past years. However, the basic rule is: Soother holders which are also classified as toys have to fulfil the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive. Soother holders/dummy clips are not classed as a toy, however every dummy clip design needs to be tested on a case-by-case basis, whether it falls within the scope of application of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC or within the scope of application of other sectoral legislation.

How to distinguish between soother holders that are toys and those that are not:
The definition of ‘toy’ in Article 2 (1), first subparagraph of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC provides the following criteria: Any product designed or intended whether or not exclusively for use in play by children under 14 years of age.

Where the soother holders/dummy clip have play value, it has to be classed as a toy, and tested/CE marked as a toy as well as passing the soother holder standards.

TESTING
Soother holders/dummy clips have a similar testing regime to toys, e.g., all the parts need chemical/migration of elements testing, including things like phthalates and BPA, and this depends on the material types e.g., wood different to plastics etc.The lengths/widths of cords have to be under a certain measurement, the parts need ventilation holes. They need impact tests, tension tests, finger trap tests and more depending on the design.
*All untested dummy clips or soother holders beaded or un-beaded are illegal and could potentially cause harm.

SAFETY STANDARDS
-BS EN 71-3:2019
- BS EN 12586 2007 + A1 2011 Child use and care articles –Soother holder
- BS EN ISO 105-E01 2013
- BS EN ISO 14184-1 2011
- BS EN 14372 2004
- BS EN 14362-1 -2
- BS EN 71-11, BS EN 71-9
- Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.
*The ‘Muncher’ dummy clip range comply with all the relevant UK & EU regulations.


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SAFETY
Silicone is basically made up of silicon, a natural element present in sand and rock, which after oxygen, is the most abundant element on earth! Silicon is transformed into silicone when combined with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Because it is an inert material, it does not react with food or liquids. It’s also non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and does not promote bacteria or fungus growth.

NON-TOXIC
Due to concerns regarding BPA, many people are switching to BPA- Free products. Silicone offers just that solution. Silicone DOES NOT contain toxic chemicals like bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.

DURABLE
Silicone is very durable so you won’t have to worry about disposal for a long time.
No need to dispose and create waste regularly, and silicone is recyclable - although probably not through your city-wide recycling program. There are many specialty recycling facilities that recycle silicone.


If you have any specific questions or concerns please contact us at info@tobbieandco.co.uk.


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