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Charity shops banned from selling second hand toys

November 10th, 1992

Myth: Charity Shops are now banned from selling second-hand toys as a result of the EC toy safety Directive.Response: According to Directive 88/378/EEC on the Safety of Toys in force since 1 January 1990, all toys placed on the Community market for the first time must bear the CE  mark.  This also applies to new toys sold for charitable reasons.

Therefore, second-hand toys sold for charitable reasons are beyond the scope of the Directive.

The responsibility for deciding whether unmarked second-hand toys may be sold in a particular national market is left to the national authorities concerned.

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