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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 089/15

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has circulated 2 Notifications from Egypt to announce that it has amended its requirements for toy safety and standard methods. The essential toy safety requirements comply with the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

In May 2010, the WTO circulated Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16 [1] from the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS) to announce its intention to adopt 3 Egyptian Standards for toy safety. These standards were designated as Safety of Toys:

  • ŸP1 ‘Mechanical and physical properties’
  • P2 ‘Flammability’
  • P3 ‘Migration of certain elements’

The toy safety standards P1-P3 are mandatory and comply with EN 71 Parts 1-3 for presumption of conformity with the former European Toy Safety Directive 88/378/EEC.

In March 2015, the WTO circulated 2 additional Notifications from Egypt to announce its amendments to toy safety requirements:

  • The essential requirements for safety of toys (G/TBT/N/EGY/70) [2] and
  • Certain standard methods for demonstration of compliance (G/TBT/N/EGY/16/Add.1) [3]

Under Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/70, toy manufacturers and importers must comply with the Egyptian standard ES 7093/2014 ‘Essential Requirements for Safety of Toys’ as mandated by Ministerial Decree No. 134/2014. This ES standard complies with the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. The proposed date of entry into force was 24 August 2014. 

The Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16/Add.1 is an addendum to Notification G/TBT/N/EGY/16. It amends the Egyptian Standards P2 “Flammability’ and P3 ‘Migration of certain elements’ to 2 new standards:

  • ŸES 3123-2 for flammability (in conformity with EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014)
  • ŸES 3123-3 for the migration of certain elements (in conformity with EN 71-3:2013 for 19 elements)

Highlights of the 2 Notifications are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1

Notification

Highlight

Remark

G/TBT/N/EGY/16/Add.1

Mandating the use of

  • ES 3123-2 ‘Flammability’
  • ES 3123-3 ‘Migration of certain elements’

Updated information on amendments of Egyptian standards is by publication of administrative orders in the Official Gazette

G/TBT/N/EGY/70

Mandating the use of ES 7093/2014 ‘Essential Requirements for Safety of Toys’

(This standard complies with Directive 2009/48/EC)

Proposed date of entry into force

24 August 2014

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, for Toy Safety for Egypt and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hing Wo Tsang
Global Toys and Juvenile Products
t: +852 2774 7420

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