'Fake' safety permits investigated

Times investigation finds forgery of British safety certificates ‘rife’ among Chinese factories.
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British toy companies are scrutinising documents for millions of toys currently on route to the country in time for Christmas, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

The report said Chinese factories were altering the dates of tests and using computer graphics to change ‘fail’ to ‘pass’ on the safety certificates after they were issued by international inspection firms.

The certificate, coded EN71, is required for all manufactured toys to protect children from dangerous parts and substances. A factory receives a certificate once a sample product has been tested to see if it conforms to European Union regulations.

The report also claims that despite the availability of customer hotlines and a register, many buyers had failed to check the validity of the certificates because they were more focused on the price.

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