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Switzerland Strengthens Toy Safety

Photo: Toys
Photo: Toys

In December 2016, Switzerland amended its Regulation of the Federal Department of Home Affairs on the Safety of Toys (Toys Ordinance, VSS) [Verordnung des Eidgenössischen Departements des Innern (EDI) über die Sicherheit von Spielzeug (Spielzeugverordnung, VSS)]. This amendment incorporated the latest requirements of Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) into its national law. These include:

  • Alignment of language for consistency with the language used in the Toy Safety Directive (TSD)
  • Clarifying the list of products that are not considered as toys in Annex 1
  • Clarifying the requirements for physical and mechanical properties falling under the specific safety requirements for toys in Annex 2
  • Clarifying the general requirements for chemicals falling under the specific safety requirements for toys in Annex 2
  • Additional requirements for activity toys and functional toys
  • New definition for chemical toys, aquatic toys, olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
  • Updating the list of harmonized SN EN 71 standards for presumption of conformity with the Swiss Toys Ordinance, VSS
  • Restricting formamide, BIT, CMI, MI and the mixture of CMI and MI in the ratio of 3:1 in specific materials in toys for children under 36 months or toys intended to be placed in the mouth. These specifications are in accordance with Directives (EU) 2015/2115 for formamide, 2015/2116 for BIT and 2015/2117 for CMI, MI and CMI:MI. The scope, methods and requirements are summarized in SGS Safeguards 202/15.

It is interesting to note that the Swiss Toys Ordinance, VSS, also regulates certain chemicals derived from Annex XVII of REACH. These include:

  • Benzene
  • Phthalates
  • The list of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the Swiss Chemical Risk Reduction Regulation, Chem RRV of May 18, 2005 (SR 814.81)

This amendment and its explanatory notes in German, French or Italian can be downloaded from the Consumer Goods Section (Gebrauchsgegenstände) of the website of the Swiss Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (FSVO) [Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV)].

The new amendment will become effective on May 1, 2017. Toys which do not comply with this amendment may remain on the Swiss market until April 30, 2018.

1BIT2634-33-51,2-Benzisothiazol- 3(2H)-one
3MICAS 2682-20-42-Methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one
4CMI:MI (3:1)55965-84-9Three to one (3:1) mixture of
5-chloro-2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one and 2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one

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Please note Switzerland is not a member of the EU. Switzerland follows EU legislation, but there are some differences. For instance the CE-mark is not obligatory.

Throughout our global network, SGS offers consultation and comprehensive testing services (physical/mechanical, chemical, flammability, electrical safety, etc) covering the full spectrum of international product safety and regulatory standards for a wide range of toys. Our laboratories are internationally recognized by major industry associations, accreditation bodies and authorities. With the largest global network of toy experts and testing facilities around the world (including 3 EU Notified Bodies and about 40 CPSC-Accepted Testing Laboratories), SGS is the partner to trust. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or www.sgs.com/toys.

Email SGS Hong Kong Ltd. at mktg@sgs.com for enquiry or visit www.sgsgroup.com/hk.



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