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Fidget spinners

Amazon has implemented safety requirements for all fidget spinners offered on the site.

What is a fidget spinner?

A fidget spinner has two or more prongs with a bearing in its centre circular pad. It can be made from a variety of materials including plastic, brass, stainless steel, titanium, and copper. The prongs may also be weighted with the same type of bearing. The device is often held between two fingers on the centre pad, and spins around the centre bearing.

What is a throwing star fidget spinner?

A “throwing star” fidget spinner is a type of fidget spinner that looks like a “throwing star” weapon, regardless of its material. At this time, throwing star fidget spinners are not allowed for sale in the Amazon marketplace.

How do I meet the safety requirements to sell fidget spinners?

I.EU Requirements

To sell fidget spinners in the EU on Amazon, please submit the following information to the email address listed in the table below. Send the information from the email address associated with your seller account.


  1. Your company name;
  2. Your contact information (email address, phone number)
  3. A list of fidget spinner ASINs that you are applying to sell;
  4. The country or countries where you would like to sell your fidget spinners;
  5. Images of product or packaging that display:
    • Product type, batch, serial or model number
    • CE marking
    • Company name and address based in the EU
    • Warning that the toy is not suitable for children under three years of age
    Note: Any written warning needs to be in the language of the intended country of sale.
  6. A signed version of an EC Declaration of Conformity illustrating compliance to applicable regulations and harmonized standards, which should include, but may not be limited to Directive 2009/48/EC Safety of toys, EN 71-1:2014 and EN 71-3:2013
  7. Test reports from an independent accredited laboratory illustrating compliance to harmonized EN standards:
    • EN 71-1:2014 Safety of toys - Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
    • EN 71-3:2013 Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements
Marketplace Certification requirement Email documentation to:
Fidget spinners Toy safety directive (2009/48/EC) child-safety@amazon.co.uk
Throwing star fidget spinner Not allowed to sell on Amazon

By applying to sell these products, you certify that all of the materials you submit are true.

II UK Requirements

Fidget spinners first made available in the UK or EU on or before 31 December 2020 should comply with the EU requirements set out above. Products that are first made available in the EU or UK on or before 31 December 2020 can continue to circulate until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that take effect from 1 January 2021. You can retain evidence of when products were first made available in the UK or EU by keeping documents including contracts of sale, invoices and documents concerning the shipping of goods for distribution.

For fidget spinners first made available in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) after 31 December 2020, please submit the following information to the email address listed in the table below. Send the information from the email address associated with your seller account.

  1. Your company name;
  2. Your contact information (email address, phone number);
  3. A list of fidget spinner ASINs that you are applying to sell;
  4. The country or countries where you would like to sell your fidget spinners;
  5. Images of product or packaging that display:
    • Product type, batch, serial or model number
    • UKCA Marking
    • Company name and address based in the UK
    • Warning that the toy is not suitable for children under three years of age
    Note: Any written warning needs to be in the language of the intended country of sale.
  6. A signed version of an UK Declaration of Conformity illustrating compliance to applicable regulations and harmonised standards, which should include, but may not be limited to UK’s Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011/1881 (the “Toy Safety Regulations”)
  7. Test reports from an independent accredited laboratory illustrating compliance to harmonised EN standards:
    • EN 71-1:2014 Safety of toys - Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
    • EN 71-3:2013 Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements

Marketplace Certification requirement Email documentation to:
Fidget spinners UK’s Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011/1881 (the “Toy Safety Regulations”) child-safety@amazon.co.uk
Throwing star fidget spinner Not allowed to sell on Amazon

Note: The UK Government has passed legislation which provides that for certain products (including products covered by the Toy Safety Regulations) CE marking will be accepted in GB until January 1, 2022, and that additional means of affixing the UKCA mark will be accepted until January 1, 2023. See the “BREXIT: UK Government Guidance” section below for more details on the new requirements and transitional measures.

Northern Ireland

Please note that different rules will apply in NI from January 1, 2021 as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In particular:

  • You should ensure that products meet EU requirements and that you use the CE mark. To sell fidget spinners in NI please submit the information set out in the EU requirements section above.
  • You are an importer if you are established in the EU or NI and you sell products from a country outside of the EU and Northern Ireland (including from GB) into NI. Products sold in NI should be marked with details of any EU / NI based importer.
  • Authorised representatives can be based in NI or the EU. From 16 July 2021, new rules come into force under EU Regulation 2019/1020 and some businesses may need to appoint a responsible person in the EU or NI to carry out compliance functions (if there is no other entity in the supply chain who is able to carry out the functions). Further guidance on the new rules will be made available by the UK Government.
  • If you are using a UK body to carry out mandatory third-party conformity assessment, you will need to apply a UKNI marking as well as a CE mark to products placed in NI from 1 January 2021. Goods with the CE and UKNI marking can’t be sold in the EU. You do not need to use the UKNI marking if you self-certify compliance or use an EU body to carry out a mandatory third-party assessment.
  • “Qualifying Northern Ireland goods” will be able to be sold in GB with the CE mark. The UK Government is issuing guidance on how this will work.

BREXIT: UK Government Guidance

The UK Government has released guidance on selling products in GB and NI after Brexit. This guidance provides information for manufacturers, importers and distributors regarding compliance requirements from January 1, 2021, including on:

  • whether you need to change your conformity assessment;
  • when and how to use the UKCA mark;
  • requirements for technical documentation and a specific Declaration of Conformity for products sold in GB;
  • appointing an authorised representative or responsible person in the UK;
  • whether your legal responsibilities will change as a result of Brexit;
  • whether you need to provide GB importer information, and methods for doing this (including transitional arrangements until the end of 2022);
  • how to deal with existing stock;
  • what documentary evidence is required to show that products have been placed in the UK or EU before the end of the Transition Period; and
  • specific rules for selling products in NI.

We encourage you to review this guidance (linked below), alongside any other specific UK Government guidance that applies to your product. You should consult your legal counsel if you have questions about how the laws and regulations apply to your products from January 1, 2021.

The Brexit guidance can be found here:

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