European standard EN71 specifies safety requirements for toys. Compliance with the standard is legally required for all toys sold in the European Union.
The standard consists of the 12 parts (with part 6 withdrawn) and provides a comprehensive set of rules manufacturers must meet. The standards are created by experts and industry groups who collaborate to create the standards that minimise risk and injury to consumers.
Any toy products found to be in breach of the safety standards, or found to be, usage leads to an investigation and either the producer, or primary importer of the product into the EU is held of an guilty offence under the Toy Safety Regulations within the EU.
The EN71 safety requirements are considered by many to be more stringent than toy safety regulations in the United States.
Look for the CE logo on your toys.