7 July 2015
WTO Notifies Egypt’s Amendments to Toy Safety Requirements and Standards
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:
- The essential requirements for safety of toys (G/TBT/N/EGY/70) and
- Certain standard methods for demonstration of compliance (G/TBT/N/EGY/16/Add.1).
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.
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