Insight Bulletins: Toys and Children's Products

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…

China – 2017 Supervision and Inspection of Uncatalogued Imported and Exported Commodities Launched
Vol. 966 | 28 April 2017

China – 2017 Supervision and Inspection of Uncatalogued Imported and Exported Commodities Launched

In order to strengthen the overall quality supervision of import and export commodities, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of consumers and the interests of the state, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) announced that it will organize More…

Eurasian Union – Amends Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys
Vol. 965 | 26 April 2017

Eurasian Union – Amends Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys

On 30 March 2017, the Eurasian Economic Commission has published the decision to amend the Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys (TR CU 008/2011). The amendment will be effective from 30 March 2018. Below are the highlights of the amendments, toys and swings More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products
Vol. 964 | 25 April 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products

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) is proposing the new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products. The rule proposes to adopt More…

Turkey – Amendments to Toy Safety Regulation Approved
Vol. 961 | 24 April 2017

Turkey – Amendments to Toy Safety Regulation Approved

On 1 April 2017, the Turkey Ministry of Customs and Trade published an amendment to toy safety regulation in official Gazette No. 30025. Following are the highlights of the amendment and effective dates: More…

Algeria –Technical Regulation on Childcare Articles Approved
Vol. 960 | 21 April 2017

Algeria –Technical Regulation on Childcare Articles Approved

Algeria published a Joint Ministerial Decree to approve the technical regulation on the safety requirements of childcare articles, which will enter into force on 27 May 2017. The technical regulation applies to childcare products that are intended to secure or facilitate the relaxation, hygiene, sleep, moving, transport and physical protection More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2017
Vol. 957 | 10 April 2017

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

In March, the Shanxi Consumer Protection Committee launched the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 5296.4-2012 "Instruction for use of products of consumer interest," GB 18401 "National general safety technical code for textile products," More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs
Vol. 956 | 07 April 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs

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 unanimously approved the new federal regulation 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs. More…

Switzerland – Amendment to Toy Safety Ordinance
Vol. 955 | 06 April 2017

Switzerland – Amendment to Toy Safety Ordinance

On 16 Dec 2016, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) of Switzerland published an amendment to Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance (SR 817.023.11). The amendment will become effective on 1 May 2017. Toys that do not comply with the amended Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance may remain on the Swiss market until 30 Apr 2018. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F1821-16 for Toddler Beds in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 954 | 27 March 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F1821-16 for Toddler Beds in Direct Final Rule

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 the new ASTM F1821-16 to be incorporated in the federal regulation: 16 CFR 1217 – Safety Standard for Toddler Beds. More…

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2017-227 Restricting Decabrompdiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in Products
Vol. 950 | 14 February 2017

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2017-227 Restricting Decabrompdiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in Products

The European Commission has published Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/227 amending Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. The Regulation introduces a restriction on the use of the substance decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) under entry no. 67 of Annex XVII of REACH. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves Revised ASTM F963-16 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard
Vol. 949 | 10 February 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves Revised ASTM F963-16 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously on January 25, 2017, to accept revisions and approve the revised ASTM standard, F963-16, as the mandatory toy safety standard. Subsequently, on February 2, 2017, the U.S. CPSC published the final rule that approves ASTM F963-16... More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers
Vol. 948 | 07 February 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-2 to approve the final rule 16 CFR 1228, Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 947 | 19 January 2017

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 4 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The substances are detailed below for reference... More…

US – California Proposition 65 Revisions to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings and Enforcement Actions by Private Parties
Vol. 946 | 18 January 2017

US – California Proposition 65 Revisions to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings and Enforcement Actions by Private Parties

On August 31, 2016, following nearly two years of deliberation, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted regulatory amendments to the clear and reasonable warnings section of the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulations. These regulations repeal the current Article 6 addressing... More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Nov. 2016
Vol. 940 | 14 December 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Nov. 2016

The Guangdong, Guangxi Province Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products.” More…

Health Canada Proposes to Expand the Scope of Consumer Products Covered for Total Lead Restrictions
Vol. 939 | 12 December 2016

Health Canada Proposes to Expand the Scope of Consumer Products Covered for Total Lead Restrictions

On December 3, 2016, Health Canada published proposal for the Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I to expand the scope of the product covered for total lead restrictions under the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations. More…

Health Canada Proposes to Revise Children’s Jewellery Regulations
Vol. 938 | 12 December 2016

Health Canada Proposes to Revise Children’s Jewellery Regulations

On December 3, 2016, Health Canada published proposal in Canada Gazette, Part I to amend the Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2016-168. The proposed requirements are intended to improve the safety of children’s jewellery and to align the children’s jewellery total lead content limit More…

EU REACH – Proposal to add PFOA to Annex XVII
Vol. 936 | 17 November 2016

EU REACH – Proposal to add PFOA to Annex XVII

The European Commission issued a draft regulation to add the restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Oct. 2016
Vol. 934 | 07 November 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Oct. 2016

On the published spot check report of October, the Beijing, Liaoning, Zhejiang and Shandong Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 More…

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-16
Vol. 933 | 21 October 2016

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-16

On October 20, 2016, ASTM International published revised toy safety standard F963-16 as part of its ongoing effort to monitor and proactively address concerns pertaining to the toy safety. The update was five years in the making and includes significant revisions to strengthen the safety of toys More…

Korea – Proposed Amendments to Safety Confirmation Annex VI for Toys
Vol. 932 | 20 October 2016

Korea – Proposed Amendments to Safety Confirmation Annex VI for Toys

On 9 Sep, 2016, the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has issued Notice No. 2016-481 to propose amending the safety confirmation (Annex VI) for toys under the special act on safety management of children’s products. More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products
Vol. 931 | 19 October 2016

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

As part of the rule-making 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 proposed a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Sept. 2016
Vol. 930 | 13 October 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Sept. 2016

On the published spot check report of September, Guangdong, Sichuan , Henan and Hebei Municipal Administrations for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 31701-2015 “Safety Technical Code for Infants and Children Textile Products.” More…