The Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS) has together with several stakeholders developed the first ever global standard for design and safety requirements of sex toys, which is now published and available worldwide.
Sex toys are produced, sold, and used all over the world. It is a billion-dollar industry but until now there has been no international standard specific for this type of products. Without the guidance of a clear standards with requirements specific for these products it is difficult for manufacturers, retailer, and consumers to know when a product is safe and when it goes wrong it creates difficult cases for the health care to handle.
The initial idea to create an international standard for sex toys came from a surgeon in Sweden who in a study showed that there is an increase in incidents of sex toys used in ways that create problems needing medical attention. Sex toys are in touch with physically sensitive parts of the body and are also a type of product that is very sensitive for users to report problems with. This means that the actual number of incidents is probably much higher than the number of reported incidents.
The new standard ISO 3533 Sex toys – Design and safety requirements for products in direct contact with genitalia, the anus, or both aims to contribute to a decrease in these incidents by globally agreeing on design considerations, user information requirements, and material safety standards for sex toys. The standard is limited to products intended to be in direct contact with genitalia, the anus, or both.
What does it mean for you as a customer?
It means that in a very near future you will see the stamp of the ISO on Sex Toys. This ensures that the product you are buying holds the standard and quality that the ISO act requires. This is also a safety asset for the customer, and it means simply that your safety using sex toys with the ISO grant is assured.
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