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Hong Kong Amends Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products

Photo: Electric toys
Photo: Electric toys

Hong Kong has recently amended its list of standards for demonstrating up-to-date safety requirements for certain toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on April 1, 2018.

In December 2016 [1], the Hong Kong government launched a one-month public consultation on a proposal [2] to update the list of safety standards for certain toys and children’s products.

On May 19, 2017, Hong Kong published a press release announcing [3] an updated list of safety standards for four categories of toys and five categories of children’s products falling under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Chapter 424 [4]). According to the announcement, these standards are international standards or standards adopted by major economies (for presumption of conformity or demonstration of compliance).

On the same day of the press release announcement, Hong King published the list of new standards in ‘The Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2017 under Number 102 [5] of legal supplement No. 2 in the Hong Kong Gazette. It is interesting to note that two completely new toy safety standards have been published for acceptance. These are:

  • BS EN 71-13:2014 for olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
  • ISO 8124-7:2015 for finger paints

The new standards will become effective on April 1, 2018.

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in the table below.

Chapter 424Children’s productStandardCurrent StandardNew Standard
Schedule 1
(Toy Standards [6])
Finger paintsInternationalISO 8124-7:2015
Chemical toy (sets) other than experimental setsBritish/EuropeanBS EN 71-5:2013BS EN 71-5:2015
Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative gamesBS EN 71-13:2014
Electric toysBS EN 62115:2005
+A1:2012
BS EN 62115:2005 +A12:2015
Schedule 2
(Product Standards [7])
Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic useInternationalISO 9221-1:1992ISO 9221-1:2015
ISO 9221-2:1992ISO 9221-2:2015
AmericanASTM F404-14aASTM F404-16a
Playpens for domestic useAmericanASTM F406:2013ASTM F406:2015
Wheeled child conveyancesASTM F833-13bASTM F833-15
Child safety barriers for domestic useASTM F1004-13ASTM F1004-16b
Bunk beds for domestic useBritish/EuropeanBS EN 747-1:2012BS EN 747-1:2012 +A1:2015
BS EN 747-2:2012BS EN 747-2:2012 +A1:2015
Effective Date
(New Standards)
April 1, 2018

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