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CPSC to Finalise Rule that Could Ban Five Phthalates by 18 October

29 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced its intention to finalise by 18 October a rule that could ban five phthalates in toys and child care articles....Read More

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Voluntary Toy Safety Standard Revised; CPSC to Review Changes

29 Sept 2017

ASTM International recently issued a significantly revised version of its voluntary toy safety standard F963 in an effort to revise certain provisions and make certain clarifications....Read More

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CPSC Exempts Certain Plastics in Toys from Third-Party Testing for Phthalates

15 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission had adopted a determination that four types of plastics with specified additives do not contain certain phthalates whose use in children’s toys and child care ar...Read More

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VIETNAM: Toys and Home Appliances Among 114 Products Freed from Pre-Import Quality Inspection

8 Sept 2017

In a bid to reduce custom clearance time for 114 imported products, the Vietnamese government announced to free them from undergoing pre-import quality inspection....Read More

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EU Launches Public Consultation on Migration Limits for Aluminium in Toys

28 July 2017

The European Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has launched a public consultation on the 'Tolerable intake of aluminium with regard to ...Read More

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Phenol Restricted in Toys for Toddlers Under 36 Months of Age

30 June 2017

On 4 May 2017, Commission Directive 2017/774 was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The Commission Directive amends Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament ...Read More

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Argentina Sets Criterion Values for Cymbals

23 June 2017

Argentinean authorities have a long-standing practice of setting reference/criterion values for a broad range of imported merchandise, which are purportedly aimed at preventing the under-invoicing of ...Read More

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Hong Kong Amends Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products

19 June 2017

Hong Kong has recently amended its list of standards for demonstrating up-to-date safety requirements for certain toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on April 1, 2018...Read More

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Toy Manufacturers to Face Reduced Migration Limit of Hazardous Chemical Bisphenol A

16 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the European Commission published Directive 2017/898 amending framework Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards Bisphenol A...Read More

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Real Name Registration Now Obligatory for Drone-Owners

13 June 2017

Drone-owners have until 31 August this year to register – using their real names – with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The requirement sees both owners and manufacturers of drones ...Read More

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Argentina Modifies Safety Certification Requirements for Bicycles

26 May 2017

Argentina recently modified its safety certification requirements for bicycles by setting specific standards for bikes with electric assistance when pedalling and adopting various other provisions....Read More

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EU Restricts Phenol in Certain Toys

19 May 2017

The EU has recently amended the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) to include the restriction of phenol in certain toys. The restriction will become effective on November 4, 2018. In October 2014, we informed...Read More

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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys Published in Official Journal

19 May 2017

On 27 April 2017, a new EU-wide law – Council Directive 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 – introducing more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, was published in the Official Journal of the...Read More

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Toys Continue to Be Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products

19 May 2017

On 16 March 2017, The European Commission published the results of the EU’s Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2016. The results illustrate that over 2000 dangero...Read More

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Malaysia Expands List of Acceptable Toy Safety Standards

18 May 2017

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 Consume...Read More

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Turkey Strengthens Chemical Safety in Certain Toys

28 April 2017

Turkish Toy Safety Regulations have been amended to include permitted uses of nickel in certain toy applications and the restriction of three flame retardants, BPA, formamide and four preservatives in...Read More

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EU Council Adopts Directive Imposing Tight Restrictions on Concentration of Lead in Toys

7 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the EU Council adopted a new Council Directive reducing the permitted concentration of lead in toys. The text is identical to the Commission’s Proposal on the same matter tabled on 9...Read More

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Merger between Suppliers of Toddler Electronic Learning Toys and Child Laptops/Tablets Approved

10 March 2017

In January 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority, which is the UK competition authority, announced that it has approved the merger between toy company VTech Holdings Limited and rival toy suppli...Read More

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Nepal Sets Standard for Chemicals in Toys

6 March 2017

Nepal has enacted the Toys Standard to regulate certain chemicals in toys. This mandatory standard will become effective on 16 July 2017. In January 2017, a press release from the Nepal Center for Pub...Read More

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Brazil Adopts New Technical Requirements for Toys, Lighters, Other Products

3 March 2017

Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has taken the following actions over the past few months of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chine...Read More

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