6 March 2017
Nepal Sets Standard for Chemicals in Toys
Nepal has enacted the Toys Standard to regulate certain chemicals in toys. This mandatory standard will become effective on July 16, 2017.
In January 2017, a press release  from the Nepal Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) announced the nation’s mandatory Toys Standard for certain chemicals in toys for children age 0-16 years. The new standard regulates nine heavy metals, bromine, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. Out of the nine heavy metals, eight have identical limits to the soluble elements falling under ASTM F-963 "Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety". The ninth heavy metal, zinc, has been set to no more than 3.75 mg/kg.
According to the translation of the Notice of Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) in the Nepal Gazette by the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), toys are defined as items used for play by children age 0-16 years. These include:
- Collectibles, construction sets
- Dolls and miniatures
- Electric and educational toys
- Flying, scrolling and walking vehicles
- Promotional merchandise and puzzles
The Gazette also sets analytical methods for many of the restricted/prohibited chemicals, including:
- X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) or Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) for heavy metals
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for BPA
- Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) for phthalates
The Gazette requires testing certificates for each batch of toys that is manufactured overseas and test results for every batch of toys that is manufactured in Nepal.
The Toys Standard will become effective on 16 July 2017; 181 days after publication of the Gazette Notice.
Highlights of the Gazette Notice are summarized in the table below.
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