Insight Bulletins: Toys and Children's Products

Health Canada Issues Notice Regarding Safety of Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age
Vol. 1038 | 16 August 2018

Health Canada Issues Notice Regarding Safety of Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued a notice informing manufacturers, importers and retailers that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age may represent strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child. More…

Canada Amends Toys Regulations Adding Requirements for Magnets and Magnetic Components of Toys
Vol. 1035 | 17 July 2018

Canada Amends Toys Regulations Adding Requirements for Magnets and Magnetic Components of Toys

On June 25, 2018, Health Canada published amendments to the Toys Regulations to address the magnetic toys and magnetic components of toys. The amendments formalize Health Canada’s guidance on strong magnets in toys and also align the Canadian Toys Regulations with More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats
Vol. 1034 | 16 July 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats

As part of the rulemaking process required by the Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), on July 2, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal rule – 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1252 to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements
Vol. 1033 | 16 July 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1252 to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements

On June 22, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a final rule to exempt certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWP) from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) section 101 total lead content, CPSIA section 108 phthalate content More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products
Vol. 1032 | 05 July 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products. More…

EU REACH – Addition of 10 SVHCs to Candidate List Announced by ECHA
Vol. 1031 | 28 June 2018

EU REACH – Addition of 10 SVHCs to Candidate List Announced by ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List, bringing the total number of substances on the list to 191. The 10 substances are detailed below for reference. More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1238 Safety Standard for Stationary Activity Centers
Vol. 1030 | 28 June 2018

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1238 Safety Standard for Stationary Activity Centers

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new federal regulation 16 CFR 1238 Safety Standard for Stationary Activity Centers. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1231 Safety Standard for High Chairs
Vol. 1029 | 27 June 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1231 Safety Standard for High Chairs

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1231 Safety Standard for High Chairs. More…

U.S. - CPSC Approves ASTM F406-17 for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1028 | 21 June 2018

U.S. - CPSC Approves ASTM F406-17 for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs in Direct Final Rule

On May 2, 2018, Health Canada published the amended Children’s Jewellery Regulation SOR/2018-82 in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The amended Children’s Jewellery Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act [CCPSA] adds a 130 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) total cadmium limit for More…

Canada Revises Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations
Vol. 1026 | 24 May 2018

Canada Revises Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations

As part of Health Canada’s Lead Risk Reduction Strategy for consumer products (LRRS), Health Canada aims to reduce exposure to lead content from consumer products, especially children’s products. In keeping with this, Health Canada has identified other products on the North American market containing lead More…

Health Canada Amends Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2018-82
Vol. 1025 | 24 May 2018

Health Canada Amends Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2018-82

On May 2, 2018, Health Canada published the amended Children’s Jewellery Regulation SOR/2018-82 in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The amended Children’s Jewellery Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act [CCPSA] adds a 130 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) total cadmium limit for More…

China – 2018 Updated Textile, Footwear and Light Industrial Products Standard List
Vol. 1024 | 11 May 2018

China – 2018 Updated Textile, Footwear and Light Industrial Products Standard List

Recently the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 23 of 2018 published updates of standards. There are two important textile product standards that have been updated: FZ/T 43014-2018 “Silk scarf and shawl” and FZ/T 81010-2018 “Trench coats.” More…

U.S. – EPA Revises Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products
Vol. 1019 | 13 April 2018

U.S. – EPA Revises Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

On March 13, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order addressing the litigation over the December 12, 2018, compliance date for the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI. More…

Turkey Proposes to Amend Safety Requirements for Certain Consumer Products
Vol. 1018 | 06 April 2018

Turkey Proposes to Amend Safety Requirements for Certain Consumer Products

The Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey has proposed to amend the safety requirements for certain consumer products under the Communique published in Official Gazette No. 29701. The proposed requirements are highlighted as follows: More…

U.S. CPSC and Health Canada – DRAFT 'Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products'
Vol. 1017 | 29 March 2018

U.S. CPSC and Health Canada – DRAFT 'Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products'

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have both published the draft “Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products” for public comment. The draft guidance document was co-developed by CPSC and Health Canada staff to provide guidance to More…

U.S. – Washington Passes HB2658 Restricting PFAS in Food Packaging
Vol. 1016 | 29 March 2018

U.S. – Washington Passes HB2658 Restricting PFAS in Food Packaging

On March 21, 2018, Washington state Governor Inslee signed bill HB2658 restricting use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals in food packaging. Effective January 1, 2022, the law prohibits sale, offer for sale and distribution in the State of Washington, of food packaging to which More…

EU Strengthens Bisphenol A Restriction in Food Contact Materials and Articles
Vol. 1014 | 27 February 2018

EU Strengthens Bisphenol A Restriction in Food Contact Materials and Articles

On 14 February 2018, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2018/213 in the Official Journal of European Union to strengthen the restriction on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic food contact materials under Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and restrict the use of BPA as varnishes More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F963-17 Safety Standard for Toys in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1010 | 26 January 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F963-17 Safety Standard for Toys in Direct Final Rule

ASTM International notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the publication of ASTM F963-17 standard on September 1, 2017. After review of the revised standard, the CPSC published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) on December 4, 2017, amending 16 CFR 1250 and adopting ASTM F963-17 More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1009 | 17 January 2018

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 7 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. It has also amended the entry to the substance, bisphenol-A. The amendment to BPA and the 7 substances are detailed below for reference More…

Turkey – Update to Import Inspection Requirements for Toys
Vol. 1008 | 17 January 2018

Turkey – Update to Import Inspection Requirements for Toys

On 30 December 2017, Turkey Ministry of Economy issued a notice (Product Safety and Inspection No 2018/10) in Official Gazette No. 30286 about the latest import inspection regulation for toys that are subject to the Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS) More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1232 Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools
Vol. 1006 | 03 January 2018

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1232 Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1232 Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools. More…

China – Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List 2017
Vol. 1005 | 03 January 2018

China – Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List 2017

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No. 48 of 2017, which published the updates to various standards. The update includes some important product standards for apparel updated such as FZ/T 73012-2017 “Brassiere,” FZ/T 73028-2017 More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published
Vol. 1004 | 03 January 2018

Australia – Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017. From 20 Dec 2019, flotation aids shall comply with the standard. A flotation aid is defined as an article: More…

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Toys Regulations
Vol. 1002 | 05 December 2017

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Toys Regulations

On November 4, 2017, Health Canada published proposed amendments to the Canadian Toys Regulations to address the magnetic toys and magnetic components of toys. The proposed amendments formalize Health Canada’s guidance on strong magnets in toys and also align the Canadian Toys Regulations with US and EU requirements for magnets in toys. More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Baby Bath Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published
Vol. 1000 | 27 November 2017

Australia – Consumer Goods (Baby Bath Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published

The Commonwealth of Australia published Consumer Goods (Baby Bath Aids) Safety Standard 2017. From 27 Oct 2018, baby bath aids shall comply with the standard. Below are highlights of the standard: The baby bath aid shall have a warning statement in the following form More…

U.S. – California: PFOA and PFOS added to the Proposition 65 List
Vol. 999 | 17 November 2017

U.S. – California: PFOA and PFOS added to the Proposition 65 List

On November 10, 2017, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 More…

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule to Modify and Expand the Ban on Phthalates in Toys and Child Care Articles
Vol. 996 | 23 October 2017

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule to Modify and Expand the Ban on Phthalates in Toys and Child Care Articles

On October 18, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve a Final Rule modifying and expanding the existing CPSC regulation limiting certain phthalates (plastic softeners) in toys and child care articles. The new Rule will go into effect in approximately six months’ time More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements
Vol. 995 | 19 October 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to exempt certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWP) from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) section 101 total lead content, CPSIA section 108 phthalate More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2017
Vol. 993 | 11 October 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2017

In September, the Guangxi QTS, Shandong QTS and Shanghai QTS launched the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB/T 2910-2009 "Textiles - Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Part 1: General Principles of Testing, More…

U.S. – Washington Department of Ecology Amends Reporting Rule of the Children’s Safe Products Act
Vol. 992 | 09 October 2017

U.S. – Washington Department of Ecology Amends Reporting Rule of the Children’s Safe Products Act

On September 29, 2017, the State of Washington Department of Ecology adopted amendments to the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule, chapter 173-334 of the Washington Administrative Code. This amendment removed the phased-in reporting requirement and made reporting an annual requirement More…

EU Publishes Toy Safety Standard EN 71 Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements Amendment
Vol. 991 | 06 October 2017

EU Publishes Toy Safety Standard EN 71 Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements Amendment

On 9 August 2017, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published an amended version of European standard EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017, Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements. The amendments are primarily related to the analysis method of organic tin and are highlighted as follows: More…

U.S. – EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products
Vol. 990 | 03 October 2017

U.S. – EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

On September 25, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule extending the compliance dates for the formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule, issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI, and published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016 More…

U.S. CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats
Vol. 989 | 20 September 2017

U.S. CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats

As part of the rulemaking process required by the Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted 3-2 to approve the new rule 16 CFR 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2017
Vol. 987 | 12 September 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2017

In August, the Shanghai QTS, Hunan QTS and Chongqing Fiber Association launched a special product quality supervision for fiber products, cotton material and bedding articles. The Shanghai QTS checked 40 batches product and found 4 batches that failed, resulting in a failure rate of 10% More…

India – Toy Import Requirements Amended
Vol. 986 | 08 September 2017

India – Toy Import Requirements Amended

On 1 September 2017, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry of India issued DGFT Notification No.26/2015-2020 to amend the import policy for toys under Indian Trade Classification (Harmonised System) [ITC(HS)], 2017. The notification shall be effective immediately. More…

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-17
Vol. 985 | 05 September 2017

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-17

On August 24, 2017, ASTM International published revised toy safety standard F963-17. The majority of the revisions were editorial to provide clarification of the requirements. There was a substantive revision to the requirements for projectile toys, clarifying that for the stored energy projectiles the More…

U.S. – CPSC Exempts Seven Plastics from CPSIA Section 108 Phthalate Content Testing Requirements
Vol. 984 | 31 August 2017

U.S. – CPSC Exempts Seven Plastics from CPSIA Section 108 Phthalate Content Testing Requirements

On August 30, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the final rule, 16 CFR 1308 – Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain Plastics. This rule exempts seven plastics with specified additives from More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2017
Vol. 982 | 11 August 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2017

In July, the Shanghai Administration of Quality Supervision, Ningxia Administration of Quality Supervision and Qinghai Administration of Quality Supervision launched a special product quality supervision for bedding articles. The spot checks were conducted according to GB 18401 "National general safety technical code for textile products," GB/T 5296.4-2012 More…

Turkey Announces Additional Import Inspection Requirements for Toys
Vol. 981 | 03 August 2017

Turkey Announces Additional Import Inspection Requirements for Toys

On 30 June 2017, Turkey Ministry of Economy has issued a notice about the Communiqué of Import Inspection for Toys (Product Safety and Inspection No 2017/10) to impose more import inspection requirements for toys that are subject to the Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS). More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List
Vol. 980 | 10 July 2017

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List

On 10th July 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of a new a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The addition is perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS). These substances may be used as a surfactant and wetting agent. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2017
Vol. 979 | 07 July 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2017

In June, the Shanxi Administration of Quality Supervision launched the special product quality supervision for towels, bath towels, pillowcases and sheets. As a result of the inspection for towels the failure rate was 36.4%; for bath towels the failure rate was 45.8%; for pillowcases the failure rate was 33.8% and More…

EU – European Commission Publishes Regulation (EU) 2017-1000 Amending REACH Annex XVII to Introduce Restrictions on PFOA
Vol. 977 | 14 June 2017

EU – European Commission Publishes Regulation (EU) 2017-1000 Amending REACH Annex XVII to Introduce Restrictions on PFOA

The European Commission has introduced a regulation adding an extra entry in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 for restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), salts and PFOA-related substances. Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 as regards perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances amends Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of More…

China –Textile, Footwear and Hardgoods Standards Abolished
Vol. 976 | 13 June 2017

China –Textile, Footwear and Hardgoods Standards Abolished

According to The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, the review work for 28,726 recommended standards is now complete. The following listed recommended standards concerning consumer products will be abolished as of the day of the announcement: More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2017
Vol. 974 | 07 June 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2017

In May, the Guangdong Administration of Quality Supervision, Guizhou Administration of Quality Supervision, Fujiang Administration of Quality Supervision, Ningxia Administration of Quality Supervision, Shanghai Administration of Quality Supervision, Weifang Administration of Quality Supervision, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Zhengjiang AIC, Shanghai CIQ and Qingpu (Shanghai) Marketing Supervision Administration launched a More…

Australia Publishes Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains Safety Standard
Vol. 973 | 05 June 2017

Australia Publishes Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains Safety Standard

On 8 May 2017, the Commonwealth of Australia published the Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017, which shall be enforced immediately. This mandatory standard applies to dummies designed specifically for babies and dummy chains and similar products intended to attach a baby’s dummy to his/her clothing. More…

Canada Proposes New Playpen Regulations
Vol. 971 | 25 May 2017

Canada Proposes New Playpen Regulations

Because playpens are intended to be used for unsupervised sleep for children, they need to provide a safe and secure environment. The Canadian Playpen Regulations first came into effect in September 1976, and underwent significant revision in 1991. Over the last 25 years, there has been significant progress in playpen design and function More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats
Vol. 970 | 24 May 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats

As part of the rulemaking process required by the Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new federal regulation 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2017
Vol. 969 | 11 May 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2017

In April, the Xiamen Marketing Supervision Administration launched a special product quality supervision for bedding articles. As a result of the inspection of 30 batches during the spot check, 11 batches failed. Primary failed test item: fiber content More…

EU – New Amendment to the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC – Lead Migration
Vol. 968 | 09 May 2017

EU – New Amendment to the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC – Lead Migration

Recently the EU published Directive 2017/738 to amend the migration limits for lead in toys. Primary Changes: From 28 October 2018, the limits for the migration of lead from toys will be reduced to the following levels: More…

EU – New Amendments to Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC
Vol. 967 | 08 May 2017

EU – New Amendments to Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC

The EU recently published Directive 2017/774 that amends Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive by including restrictions on phenol in specific toys. Appendix C of Annex II of 2009/48/EC lists specific limit values for chemicals used in toys intended for children under 36 months or.. More…