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Detention Order Issued on Toys Made in Mainland China over Forced Labour Concerns

29 March 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted to its website information indicating that on 5 March it issued a withhold release order against imported toys produced by Huizhou Mink Industrial Co. Ltd...Read More

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Smart Toys Pose Risks Related to the Capturing of Personal Data, Claims Report Issued by German Ministry

23 Feb 2018

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (the Ministry) has issued an announcement drawing attention to data protection concerns raised by increasingly popular smart toys. Accord...Read More

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Alarm Raised Over High Concentration of Toxins in Children’s Toys

9 Feb 2018

In December 2017, the Czech environmental NGO Arnika published the results of a study into plastic children’s toys and accessories on the EU market. The NGO found high concentrations of toxic chemical...Read More

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INDONESIA: Clarification Issued on Import of Uncertified Toys

31 Jan 2018

The National Standardisation Agency of Indonesia has issued a series of clarifications with regard to the import of overseas-manufactured toys. Firstly, named individuals will be entitled to receive s...Read More

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China Compulsory Certification Scheme Extended to Playmats

23 Jan 2018

According to new guidelines issued by the Certification and Accreditation Administration, all playmats sold or otherwise distributed within China are required to obtain China Compulsory Certification ...Read More

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Highest EU Court Confirms Annulment of Anti-dumping Duties on Giant’s Bicycles from Mainland China; Ramifications Ensue for Other Companies As Well

12 Jan 2018

On 14 December 2017, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment dismissing an appeal brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), thereby confirming that the anti-dumpin...Read More

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Canada Proposes Restrictions on Magnetic Toys

24 Nov 2017

The Canadian government is proposing to amend the regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to include a restriction on both the size and the attractive strength of magnetic toys and ma...Read More

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Ban on Phthalates in Children’s Products Expanded

10 Nov 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved the issuance of a final rule strengthening restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles....Read More

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European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More

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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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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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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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