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

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Hong Kong has amended its list of standards for safety requirements for toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on August 1, 2018.

In December 2017 [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 April 6, 2018, Hong Kong published a press release announcing [3] an updated list of safety standards for two categories of toys and three categories of children’s products falling under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 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 as 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 2018 under Number 63 [5] to Legal Supplement No. 2 in the Hong Kong Gazette (Number 14, Volume 22).

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

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in the table below.

Cap. 424 Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance, Hong Kong
Chapter 424Children’s ProductStandardCurrent StandardNew Standard
Schedule 1
(Toy Standards)
Electric toysInternationalIEC 62115 Edition 1.2 (2011-02)IEC 62115:2017 Edition 2.0
ToysAmericanASTM F963-11ASTM F963-17
EuropeanBS EN 71-12:2013BS EN 71-12:2016
Schedule 2
(Product Standards)
Babies’ dummiesAmericanASTM F963-11ASTM F963-17
Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic useASTM F404-16aASTM F404-17
Children’s paintsAmericanASTM F963-11ASTM F963-17
Australian/New ZealandAS/ANS ISO 8124.3:2012AS/ANS ISO 8124.3:2012 Amendment 1:2016
Effective DateAugust 1, 2018

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