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WTO Notifies Egypt’s Amendments to Toy Safety Requirements and Standards

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has circulated 2 Notifications from Egypt to announce that it has amended its requirements for toy safety and standard methods. The essential toy safety requirements comply with the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

In May 2010, the WTO circulated Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16 from the Egyptian Organization Organisation for Standardization and Quality (EOS) to announce its intention to adopt 3 Egyptian Standards for toy safety. These standards were designated as Safety of Toys:

  • P1 ‘Mechanical and physical properties’
  • P2 ‘Flammability’
  • P3 ‘Migration of certain elements’

The toy safety standards P1-P3 are mandatory and comply with EN 71 Parts 1-3 for presumption of conformity with the former European Toy Safety Directive 88/378/EEC 

In March 2015, the WTO circulated 2 additional Notifications from Egypt to announce its amendments to toy safety requirements:

Under Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/70, toy manufacturers and importers must comply with the Egyptian standard ES 7093/2014 ‘Essential Requirements for Safety of Toys’ as mandated by Ministerial Decree No. 134/2014. This ES standard complies with the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. The proposed date of entry into force was 24 August 2014.

The Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16/Add.1 is an addendum to Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16. It amends the Egyptian Standards P2 “Flammability’ and P3 ‘Migration of certain elements’ to 2 new standards:

  • ES 3123-2 for flammability (in conformity with EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014)
  • ES 3123-3 for the migration of certain elements (in conformity with EN 71-3:2013 for 19 elements)

Highlights of the 2 Notifications are summarized in the following table.

Table: Highlights of the 2 Notifications
Table: Highlights of the 2 Notifications

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, for Toy Safety for Egypt and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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

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