CE Mark/Certificate For Board Games

CE Mark/Certificate For Board Games

5/5 - (1 vote)
Reading Time: 4 minutes

CE Mark/Certificate for Board Games.

What is the CE mark for?

Certification for board game, The CE mark is a symbol affixed to the package of product to recognize which product confirms to the standards set forth by the European Council for toy safety. The product safety directive applies to all products manufactured in Europe or imported into Europe from a third country. If you manufacture your games in Europe you should also have a CE test report. Check the EC Europa website.

Does my board game need a CE mark on it?

The council for toy safety has detailed in its Annex that a toy for people over the age of 14 is not considered a toy and does not need a CE/ certification for board game. However, if your game will be played by kids as well, it is the utmost importance that you ensure the safety of players and get a test report for your game.

Whose name should be on the CE test report?

If you are an importer or a distributor of games, you have the same responsibility towards the games as the manufacturer does. Hence, you should have a test report showing that the games you are selling conform to the standards. Having a report from a manufacturer is not enough to cover in case your company and games are audited.

Is the CE mark on my board game applicable to other countries as well?

Though the UK is Brexiting (looks like it) from Europe, still the two governments are in transition, and many of the rules that applied in Europe still apply to the UK. As long as the UK government does not declare otherwise, the CE safety standards apply to the UK as well.


As for the USA, CE does not apply and is not a sufficient proof for safety standards. In the USA, the federal government has established the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), and they have a separate set of standards under the ASTM F963 act. For more information, check our article about getting an ASTM test report.


However, CE and the European standards are still most widely used and though countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, and Korea have their own set of standards, the CE standards will do.


Check our article about overlapping tests.

What does the CE standard tests include for board games?

Certification for board game, Overall, toys are all under the EN-71 category, however, within this category, there are various tests.

For board games’ CE, the most common tests are as follows.

  1. Physical and Mechanical Properties – making sure that the physical property of the game do not present any risk, such as sharp edges that can cut or small pieces that can cause asphyxiation.

  2. Flammability – to make sure that the toys are not prone to burn.

  3. Chemical substances – to ensure that the chemicals used in the board game do not harm human health. This largely relates to heavy metals used in coating and color.

  4. Checking the labeling on the package to make sure it is according to standard.

Some tests such as electrical properties, radioactivity, elasticity etc. understandably do not apply to board games. There are additional tests required by the European Union namely the REACH test, but we will discuss them in a separate article.



Click here to download the proceedings from the CE Safety council.

How to get the CE standard check?

Hero Time cooperates with world-leading testing labs and can help with the standard test. In general, there are 5 steps your game should go through to permit the affixation of the CE mark.

  1. Make 3-5 proof samples of your game.

  2. Send them to the testing lab.

  3. The testing lab will take apart your game and check for the mentioned standards.

  4. After a week, the lab will give you back the results of the test with a test report, and also a license.

  5. Once you get the test report, you can affix the CE mark to your game.


Feel free to contact us

Download the official CE mark here.


What documents will I need?

As you are looking to sell your game in Europe, you will need the following documents.

  1. The test report from the testing lab

  2. An official declaration of conformity from the manufacturer.

  3. The CE mark on your game

If you want to learn about other required labeling, simply go and download the required labels.


How Much does the CE Test Cost?

The price largely depends on the game that is being produced. Each component in the game should undergo the mentioned tests.

  • EN 71-1 costs 70 USD per item,

  • EN 71-2 costs 80 USD per item,

  • and EN 71-3 costs 105 USD per material and color.

an item refers to a whole set of a component. For example a set of cards is one item. The outer box is considered one item, and so are the meeples and other components.


In the Chemical test each color needs to be tested for chemical composition, and so does each material, so if you have multiple-color meeples, each color needs to be tested. If you have two meeples same color but made from different material there is also a need for two tests.

Paper or cardboard tokens need only one EN 71-3 test, as they are all printed on one sheet.


Contact us to get an exact quote for your game.

Log in to leave a comment.

3 thoughts on “CE Mark/Certificate For Board Games

  1. Sam says:

    Thanks for this great info!

    So are the EN71-1, EN71-2, and EN71-3 tests the only ones required?

    I’ve seen a bunch of other tests like the REACH tests, 94/62/EC, and the POPs, not sure if they apply or not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Explore The Most Popular Categories



Explore The Most Popular Categories

5/5 - (1 vote)
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
As you embark on your board game manufacturing journey, there are a few things you should know about working procedures what different manufacturers offer, and which pitfalls to avoid. Though working with a board game manufacturer can vary between board game manufacturers and general manufacturers or agents there are still some essential key points you must make sure you cover. Topics in this series will cover lists of board game manufacturers, what is the difference between some of them, which manufacturer is suitable for you, how to build an organized component list to avoid mistakes, and much more.
Rate this university-category
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
Generally speaking, there are 4 different types of board game pieces and components you can use in your card and board game. 1. Printed Pieces 2. Wood pieces 3. Plastic pieces and miniatures 4. Other Accessories Printed pieces for board games include all components that use paper and cardboard. They have but are not limited to Board game boxes, playing cards, foldable playing boards, individual player boards, board game token sheets, map tiles, rulebooks, and inserts.
Rate this university-category
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
This topic is probably one of the more abstract hidden and unknown topics in our industry; the vague government regulations and guidelines and the secrecy and inaccessibility of the testing labs are making it hard for everyone to understand what actually should be labeled and how.
Rate this university-category
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
This topic is for geeks who love to see and understand behind the scenes board games and card game production. Here we will go through the different cost structures of production down to the delicate details of gluing and labor costs. Once you read and understood these articles you will understand the cost and size limitations for your game and you will be able to reconfigure and redesign your game accordingly, all by yourself. Please note that in this topic we cover machines that are used by Hero Time, though most board and card game manufactures will use similar machines there are minor details that change. We will cover in this course topics such as General Costs, Printing Costs, Paper and cardboard cost, miniatures, and more.
Rate this university-category
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
Shipping and Fulfillment is another topic that small to large game publishers cannot wrap their heads around, nor can they fully master it. For a first-time creator and an individual to be able to execute this part all by themselves without issues is nearly an impossible task. Still, with the correct information, the creator can stand a chance. This course will discuss different shipping terms, shipping methods, how Fulfillment works, average prices, and the logic behind these prices. This topic is still under construction, but if you are interested in already starting to learn a bit, you can refer to our YouTube discussion here (a video on YouTube that will launch soon)
Rate this university-category
Category: Author: Hersh Glueck
Hey guys, thank you for visiting this page. This is a personal message from Hersh: As a person who loves board games and the board game industry, it is my dream that board game creators will have everything they need all in one place, hence the University page you have come across. While I can handle and write all the information surrounding Manufacturing and Logistics, when it comes to Board Game Design, I need your help to write great and helpful content. If you have any board game design experience and think it is a valuable experience other creators should know about and learn from, please get in touch with us and let us know. If your article is informative and has concise and clear points, I would be more than happy to add it here in the university and put you as the author with a backlink to your own game/project, and your profile.


Board Game Creators are the pillars of the board game industry. As a board game manufacturer, it is our duty to make sure you have everything you need throughout your journey.

Our Testimonials

Contact Us

Hero Time is here to help in any way it can. Please let us know what can we do for you.

    I need KickStarter Fulfillment