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Proposed update of mandatory safety standards for children’s magnetic toys-Australia

by:Toysmax     2021-06-05

In order to further improve the safety standards of the children's toy industry, it is understood that Australia proposes to update the safety standards of magnet toys! The promulgation and implementation of each standard is for the safety of the market and consumer audiences. Even if there is a lot of resistance in implementation, we must implement it in order to purify market insecurity factors.

On May 18, 2020, the WTO issued a notice document 'Review of Mandatory Safety Standards for Children’s Toys-Consultation Document' on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s proposed update of children’s magnetic toys Mandatory safety standards so that the supplier’s products comply with any of the following widely adopted voluntary standards:

• International standards (ISO 8124-1:2018 Toy Safety Part 1: Physical Mechanical Safety Performance)

• European Standard (EN71-1:2014+A1:2018 Toy Safety Part 1: Physical and Mechanical Properties)

• American Standard (ASTM F963-17 Consumer Product Safety Specification-Toy Safety)< /p>

• Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 8124-1:2019 Toy Safety Part 1: Physical and Mechanical Safety Performance, that is, the international standard adopted locally)

The proposed safety standards are in addition to these No requirements will be imposed beyond the requirements contained in the standard. Allowing compliance with these standards will reduce the supplier’s current regulatory complexity and duplication, thereby reducing technical barriers to trade. Although these standards have similar requirements to the current mandatory safety standards, the committee aims to reduce the risk to consumers by restricting the scope of toys that are allowed to be supplied with small, high-strength magnets that are already loose.

Deadline for comments: 60 days after the announcement.

Planned date of adoption: Any proposed amendments to safety standards will be adopted on the first day after registration.

Planned implementation date: The proposed safety standard will provide a transition period (usually 12 months) to enable suppliers to adapt to the new requirements. During the transition period, suppliers can choose to comply with the requirements specified in the new standards or current safety standards.

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