Electrical and Electronic Toys

Interek provides full testing solution for your electrical toys, including safety testing and certification.

Intertek provides testing and certification solutions for many different electrical and electronic products. Electrical and electronic toys are core to our business, among the many products we test and industries we serve. Interek provides full testing solution for your electrical toys, including safety testing and certification. At Intertek Hong Kong, we mainly provide EMC and FCC testing services.  

Introduction in Testing Application

How to apply for testing? Applicant should fill in the application form and submit it with samples and required documents (e.g. circuit diagram, user manual). Local clients may also use our free Pickup & Delivery(P&D) Service for samples submission. Please call our P&D Hotline at 2173-8168.

What is the testing lead time? Lead time depends on the types of products. It normally takes 5.5 to 9 working days.

What is the price? It depends on what standards your product has to comply with. Please contact our Account Executives for further inquiries.

What can I do if my sample is failed for the first submission? If your product failed in the first submission testing, then you can either use a special discount rate to submit another modified sample for retest or request us to do a debug modification with retest.

How many samples are required for testing? Do I need providing samples for modification if my product failed in the first test? For first test, 2 sets of complete samples are required for testing. For debug modification, normally we use the tested sample, unless other specified.

If I resubmit a modified sample for retest, then a full test or partial test shall be done? A full test is required as to ensure your product meets all the requirements after modification.

Can I change/add new model number(s) on old report(s)? Yes, it is possible to change/add new models on old report(s) if they are within 3 months upon the issuing date. For over 3 months, new test is needed. Please note that to add new models, a sample-grouping letter is required.

I have 3 models with same design; can it be grouped for 1 EMC test? Yes, the models can be grouped for 1 EMC test only if they are identical in cosmetics, materials, electrical, mechanical, and physical design. And manufacturer declaration letter is required.

EMC Testing

What are the requirements of CE mark?

  • The CE marking can be reduced or enlarged, the proportions must be respected.
  • The CE marking must have a height of at least 5mm.
  • The CE marking must be affixed to the product or to its data plate. Additionally it must be affixed to the packaging, if any, and to the accompanying documents.
  • The CE marking must be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly.

What is the definition of electric toy? As defined in EN55014-1 and EN55014-2, the definition of toy is: A product designed for, or clearly intended for use in play by children under 14 years old and supply voltage below 24V AC/DC.

What EMC test should be covered for an electric toy? From the end of 2001, the scopes of EN55014-1 and EN55014-2 cover toy product.

The tests contain:

For battery operated (B/O) product:

  • EN55014-1, Radiated disturbances test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-2), ESD test

For AC mains product:

  • EN55014-1, Power disturbances test & Terminal voltage test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-2), ESD test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-3), Radio frequency electromagnetic fields test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-4), Fast transients test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-5), Surges test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-6), Injected currents test
  • EN55014-2 (EN61000-4-11), Voltage dips and interruptions test
  • EN61000-3-2, Harmonics test
  • EN61000-3-3, Voltage fluctuation test

How can I reduce the motor emissions in order to meet the requirements?

There are some typical suggestions for reducing motorized emissions:  

  • Add choke coils and capacitors on the motor. And the length of components lead should be as short as possible.
  • Use EMC/DV motor.
  • Twins the motor wire.
  • Keep all wires and metal components apart from the motor.  

For my products have the same design, why I got different results, passed in old samples but failed in new ones? The different results may be caused by the deviations of the sample, tolerance of major components, for examples: motor, crystal, capacitor or inductor in RF part, as well as installation workmanship. And also may be caused by the uncertainty of the test environment.

What can I do to avoid failure in ESD test?

There are some critical points of ESD failure:

  • LCD glass: Add protection plastic sheer/cover or increase the thickness of it.
  • Battery door: Avoid direct air-discharge between the air-gap of battery door. i.e. constructional improvement should be made. Or/And add capacitor and choke coil in the battery wire.
  • Screw: Remove the wire and components near the screw.

R&TTE Testing

What frequencies can I use in Europe?

Frequency BandEurope (Non Specific Short Range Devices)
Content 1Content 2
13.11MHz ~ 14.01MHz13.553MHz ~ 13.567MHz **
26.96MHz ~ 27.28MHz26.995MHz**, 27.045MHz**, 27.145MHz**, 27.195MHz**
40.66MHz ~ 40.7MHz40.665MHz**, 40.675MHz**, 40.685MHz**, 40.695MHz**
49.82MHz ~ 49.90MHz49.82MHz ~ 49.98MHz* (For UK Only)
433.05MHz ~ 434.79MHzOK
868MHz ~ 870MHzOK
902MHz ~ 928MHzUnacceptable
2400MHz ~ 2483.5MHzOK

Remarks:
* = Limitative
** = Harmonized Band for ALL EU members (No "!" alert mark is required)
OK = Acceptable for that country(ies)
û = Unacceptable for that country(ies)

Should the notified body number be affixed? If the radio control product test in Harmonized Standard, such as EN 300220-3 for radio control toy car, the manufacturer is not necessary to put the notified body number in the product.

I want to design a toy walkie talkie, what frequencies can I use? 27MHz & 40MHz are common frequencies for EU member states. Specially, UK can accept 49.860MHz in AM/FM, and 27.145MHz, 40.685MHz in FM.

FCC Testing

What products are needed to conduct FCC test and authorized under FCC part 15C, 15V and 15 DOC?

FCC Guideline

What are the common frequencies used for radio control toy?

The typical frequencies for radio control toy car or toy walkie talkie are:

  • 26.96 - 27.28MHz (typically 27.145MHz)
  • 49.82 - 49.90MHz (typically 49.860MHz)

What documents should I provide before the testing for radio control toys?

  • Letter of Agency
  • FCC ID labeling artwork, size and location
  • Circuit Diagram
  • Block Diagram
  • User manual
  • Technical Description
  • Certification Agreement   

What is the Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCB) review turnaround time? The TCB review time is 2-4 weeks normally.

What is block diagram? The block diagram composed of different blocks, each blocks represent the major functions of the circuit. Then we can link-up all blocks to represent the complete function flow of the device.

Is there any size limitation for FCC label? For more clear indication to the user, the wording should not less than 2 mm in height.

What can I do if the size of the device is too small to put the FCC statement? When the device is so small or for such use that it is not practicable to place the statement, the information required by this paragraph shall be placed in a prominent location in the instruction manual or pamphlet supplied to the user or, alternatively, shall be placed on the container in which the device is marketed. However, the FCC identifier or the unique identifier, as appropriate, must be displayed on the device.

What is the requirement of the label? The label shall not be a stick-on paper label. The label on these products shall be permanently affixed to the product and shall be readily visible to the purchaser at the time of purchase. "Permanently affixed" means that the label is etched, engraved, stamped, silk-screened, indelibly printed, or otherwise permanently marked on a permanently attached part of the equipment or on a nameplate of metal, plastic, or other material fastened to the equipment by welding, riveting, or a permanent adhesive. The label must be designed to last the expected lifetime of the equipment in the environment in which the equipment may be operated and must not be readily detachable.

Is there any change on the FCC part 15 DOC Label? Yes, the FCC label for Declaration of Conformity was simplified from Dec, 2003. All the new application can use this label format on their product.

How can I design my FCC ID? An FCC ID, which should be printed in the following format with legible lettering.

FCC ID: XXXABCDEFG "FCC ID" - in capital letters on a single line XXX - your grantee code as assigned by the FCC. ABCDEFG - up to 14 alphanumeric characters you select. Dash or hyphen (-) can be used. No spaces are allowed. 

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