Toys and Children's Products
On October 13, 2023, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) released the toy safety standard ASTM F963-23. Currently, the federal regulation 16 CFR 1250 still adopts ASTM F963-17.
On August 23, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released an investigation report regarding the presence of CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, or Reproductive Toxic) substances in children's products. This initiative aims to provide support for the development of committee restriction measures to protect children from the hazards posed by CMR category 1A or 1B substances in children's products.
It is known that "Made-in-China" goes to international along with the development of China's economy. However, the growing purchasing capability and huge market potential of China capture the attention of great numbers of foreign exporters. As one of the largest markets, China has strengthened its quality surveillance on its market during recent years when competent authorities usually select some products on the China market for testing to check conformity. It deserves notice that accompanying measures (penalties, recalls, etc.) will be taken in case of any non-compliance. Manufacturers, importers and distributors to access China market had better send their products for testing prior to shipment.
GB 21027 Request in Common Use of Security for Student’s Articles provides for safety requirements, test methods, test rules, labels and instructions for use of stationery. The standard covers colour pigments, crayons, oil pastels, finger paints, plasticine, erasers, correction products (liquid, tapes and pens), adhesives, markers, exercise books, schoolbags, pencil boxes, sharpeners and other student’s articles.
As the most intimate friends of children, toys are of vital importance to the intellectual development and health of children. They are indispensable consumer products during the children's growth. However, there are some hazards that may bring harm to children and even threaten their health. In view of the particularity of normal behaviour of children and their development, countries and regions have been imposed more stringent requirements for the quality and safety of toys and children’s products.
On 13 April 2022, the United Kingdom notified WTO of a technical trade measure related to toys and cosmetics, with the notification number G/TBT/N/GBR/47. This notified Regulation amends Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 to prohibit the use of specific allergenic fragrances in Toys. It also restricts the permitted levels of aluminium in toys and the use of aniline, and formaldehyde in toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys
Food contact materials (FCMs) are materials that are intended to be in contact with food. These can be things that are quite obvious like a glass, a can for soft drinks, but also machinery in a food factory or a coffee machine. Food contact materials can be constructed from a variety of materials like plastics, rubber, paper, coatings, metal, ink, etc. In many cases a combination is used; for example a carton box for juices can include (from the inside to the outside): plasti
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