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Malaysia Expands List of Acceptable Toy Safety Standards

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Malaysia has expanded its list of standards for demonstrating compliance with the nation’s toy safety requirements. The newly recognized standards will become effective on January 1, 2018.

The Consumer Protection (Safety Standards for Toys) Regulations 2009 [P.U. (A) 275/2009 [1]], referred to as the ‘Principal Regulations’ in these Regulations, govern toy safety in Malaysia and fall under the Consumer Protection Act of 1999. Under the ‘Principal Regulations’, the First Schedule contains a defined list of Malaysian standards (MS and MS ISO) for toy safety. The ‘Principal Regulations’ were amended by the Consumer Protection (Safety Standards for Toys) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (P.U. (A) 252/2010 [2]), which designated MS 62115:2008 as a replacement for MS 1725:2004 for electric toy safety.

It is also important to note that toys destined for Malaysia are also regulated by the Consumer Protection (Certificate of Conformance and Conformity Mark of Safety Standards) Regulations 2010 (P.U. (A) 253/2010 [3]) and its amendment, P.U. (A) 252/2016 [4].

The last change was in October 2016, when Malaysia published the Consumer Protection (Safety Standards for Toys) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (P.U. (A) 257/2016 [5]) in the Federal Government Gazette to expand the list of standards in the First Schedule that are acceptable for demonstrating compliance. The amendment contains a number of important changes, including acceptance of the following standards:

  • ASTM F963
  • EN 62115 and EN 71 Parts 1 to 5
  • IEC 62115
  • ISO 8124 Parts 1 to 4

It is interesting to note that MS 1774 Part 6 relating to graphical symbol for age warning labeling is now covered by, for example, EN 71-1 and ISO 8124.1, and will only remain effective until December 31, 2017.

The amendment also made editorial changes to Schedule 2 of the ‘Principal Regulations’ for better clarity of terminology.

The new amendment will become effective on January 1, 2018.

Highlights of the list of toy safety standards in the First Schedule of the ‘Principal Regulations’ are summarized in table below.

ItemStandardScope of toys/toy safetyEffective date
EN 71-1Mechanical and physical propertiesJan 1, 2018
ISO 8124-1Jan 1, 2018
MS ISO 8124-1In force
EN 71-2FlammabilityJan 1, 2018
ISO 8124-2Jan 1, 2018
MS ISO 8124-2In force
EN 71-3Migration of certain elementsJan 1, 2018
ISO 8124-3Jan 1, 2018
MS ISO 8124-3In force
EN 71-4Experimental sets for chemistry and related activitiesJan 1, 2018
MS 1774 Part 4In force
ISO 8124-4Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic useJan 1, 2018
EN 71-5Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental setsJan 1, 2018
MS 1774 Part 5In force
ISO 8124-6Certain phthalate esters in toys and children’s productsJan 1, 2018
MS 1774 Part 6Graphical symbol for age warning labelingIn force
(until Dec 31, 2017)
EN 62115Electric toysJan 1, 2018
IEC 62115Jan 1, 2018
MS 62115In force
ASTM F963ToysJan 1, 2018

Toy safety standards in the First Schedule of the ‘Principal Regulations’

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