WTO Circulates Australian Proposal to Update Mandatory Safety Standards for Toys Containing Magnets

ACCC circulates proposal to update the four accepted safety standards for toys containing magnets.
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GENEVA - June 5, 2020 - PRLog -- In May 18, 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) signalling its intention to update the four mandatory safety standards for toys containing magnets.

Released under WTO document number 20-3634, the proposal requires children's toys containing magnets to comply with any of the following standards:

·         AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 'Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties'

·         ASTM F963-17 'Standard consumer safety specification for toy safety'

·         EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 'Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties'

·         ISO 8124-1:2018 'Safety of Toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties'

Children's toys are regulated by several mandatory safety standards in Australia. These cover physical and mechanical properties, as well as chemical properties and labelling requirements. Toys containing magnets are covered in Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010.

In addition, toys and childcare articles are prohibited if they contain more than 1% of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), according to Consumer Protection Notice No. 11 of 2011.

The proposed revision to the standard will be adopted the day after registration, with a transition period of twelve months before it enters into force.

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