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What does "CE" mean regarding children's toys?

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The symbol "CE" found on children's toys stands for "Conformité Européene," which means European Compliance. The symbol indicates that a toy meets European Toy Safety Directive (TSD) requirements. When toy manufacturers adhere to the TSD, those products can be freely traded in European Union and EFTA member states.

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As of August 2014, the most-recent directive, enacted in 2009, required that all toys pass a series of chemical and non-chemical safety assessments. The original mark, "EC," was adopted in 1990 and changed to "CE" in 1993. It is referred to as a CE Marking in all official European documents. The symbol itself may be reduced or enlarged, but its proportions must be maintained and it can be no less than 5 millimeters tall.

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