We take safety very seriously and invest heavily to ensure the integrity and safety of all our products. We go above and beyond the required safety standards for children’s costumes. In 2015 alone, we invested over £1,000,000 in our safety testing and procedures.
Regulation of Children’s Costumes
Children’s costumes are regulated and must comply with EN71. This is a European standard which tests for flammability, choking and strangulation hazards, and toxicity. This strict criteria does not apply to everyday children’s clothing (with the exception of some nightwear).
- Children’s clothing can catch fire and burn when exposed to fire and naked flames and some manufacturers only voluntarily add “keep away from fire” warnings.
- Children’s costumes must comply with EN71 Toy Directive. This is a Europe-wide standard which tests for Small Parts / Sharp edges (Choking & Strangulation prevention) Flammability and Toxicity.
- The flammability testing for EN71 measures the ‘rate of flame spread’ on fabric & complete costumes and how quickly the flame self-extinguishes.
Suppliers can voluntarily test children’s costumes to Nightwear (Safety) Standards, and Smiffys does this as an additional measure to EN71.
Smiffys approach: Going above and beyond
Our dedicated in-house team ensure that all of our children’s costumes (and certain accessories) are manufactured and rigorously tested to comply with both EN71 regulations and Nightwear (Safety) Standards. This ensures the absolute highest safety standards and reassurance that all children’s costumes are as safe and fit for purpose.
We take pride that all Smiffys children’s costumes are:
- Labelled “Warning. Keep away from fire” irrespective of the burn rate within the EN71 regulatory limit
- Labelled with the CE mark as a declaration that the product meets the European Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC), and has undergone a variety of product tests to ensure that it is safe for use
- Tested to Nightwear (Safety) Standards as an additional safety measure
- Subject to further safety checks through spot-checks and batch tests (surveillance and due-diligence testing) once the products are received in the UK warehouse to guarantee quality and safety assurance
In addition, every production run is batch tested and verified as compliant at source and our safety certificates are continually updated.