The quality of our products and safety of the children who use them, are our top priorities. Therefore, our Quality team is responsible for ensuring that our toy manufacturing processes comply with production standards. The same team is also tasked to constantly improve our products throughout their service life and works closely with our on-site Customer Service team, always with the common objective of offering safe, complete and high-quality children’s toys.
This 5 person-strong France-based team is in constant contact with our second Quality team, based as close as possible to the production sites. This second team is responsible for inspecting and controlling the products throughout the various production phases, and ensuring the on-site compliance of all quality requirements.
Our factories are regularly audited according to BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and/or ICTI (International Council of Toy Industries) standards by third-party companies. The BSCI certification is based on the working standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international regulations, such as the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as each country’s specific national legislation. This framework covers the following topics: social responsibility policies, freedom of association, working hours and overtime, non-discrimination, prohibition of child labour and forced labour, special protection for young workers, payment of a minimum wage, measures to guarantee health and safety in the workplace, and the protection of the environment.
Every marketed Janod product complies with the current European law and regulations; this is reflected by the “CE” mark affixed to all of our products and packaging.
In order to prioritise safety, we painstakingly select our manufacturing partners with particular emphasis on the way in which the toys are produced. All the toys we market have been subjected to numerous tests before being made available to purchase and evidently comply with the current European standards and regulations. Certified laboratory-conducted tests are carried out on a regular basis throughout the toy’s production and construction cycle. Whenever the standards are updated, we perform new tests to make sure that our toys remain compliant. We never market a product deemed to not comfortably meet all of the current standard requirements or if we do not have full laboratory approval.
We are using more and more FSC®-certified wood and cardboard for our games and toys, and are working to expand our offer.
The varnishes and paints used in our toys are tested by laboratories in accordance with current standards and regulations. Quality standards apply to our paints and varnishes. Water-based paint is used on some of our toys and is preferred for early-learning toys intended for children under the age of 3, who tend to put them in their mouths. In addition, we test the paint for discoloration to saliva for toys intended for children under the age of 3.
We also use vegetable-based inks to print most of our cardboard toys made in France (puzzles and board games): in addition to being more rapidly recyclable and biodegradable, these inks are tested in the same way as our paints and varnishes.