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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 175/16

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The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has published Notice No.2016-481, proposing amendments to the Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Toys, under the Special Act of Safety Management of Children’s Products. Published on September 9, 2016, this proposal aims to clarify the scope of the annex, its exemptions and some specific safety requirements.

The main changes that have been proposed are summarized below:

  •  Clarification of  the scope and exemptions:

  1. Musical toys as counterparts of musical instruments
  2. Educational toys, such as pop-up books, coloring and activity books

  3. Korean traditional toys and toy sets with more than two functions are added to the certain other toys category

  4. The following products are exempted from compliance with the Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Toys:

    • Interactive software and their storage media, such as compact discs (CDs)
    • Products intended for educational and other pedagogical purposes, used in schools under the surveillance of an adult instructor, such as science equipment

    • Disposable paper party hats 
  • Safety requirements: labeling and instruction requirements for battery operated toys and battery operated ride-on toys are added (to bring them into line with the requirements of ASTM F963)

Type Requirement Clause # in Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Clause # in ASTM F963
Battery operated ride-on toys Labeling requirements 5.3.30 5.15.1.1
Instruction requirements 5.3.9 6.5.3

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Powered Ride-on Toys

A.2.13 8.18
Battery operated toys General requirements A.1 4.25
Safety requirements for power supply A2 4.25.3
  • Safety requirements: changes to chemical requirements

  • Proposal to amend migration limits, by expanding the current list of 8 elements to 19 elements (to bring it into line with EN71 Part 3, as proposed by the Korean Ministry of Environment)
Element Requirement (mg/kg)
Category 1: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material Category 2: Liquid or sticky toy material Category 3: Scraped-off toy material
Aluminum 5 625 1 406 70 000
Antimony 45 11.3 560
Arsenic 3.8 0.9 47
Barium 1 500 375 18 750
Cadmium 1.3 0.3 17
Chromium (III) 37.5 9.4 460
Chromium (VI) 0.02 0.005 0.2
Lead 13.5 3.4 160
Mercury 7.5 1.9 94
Selenium 37.5 9.4 460
Boron 1 200 300 15 000
Cobalt 10.5 2.6 130
Copper 622.5 156 7 700
Manganese 1 200 300 15 000
Nickel 75 18.8 930
Strontium 4 500 1 125 56 000
Tin 15 000 3 750 180 000
Organic Tin 0.9 0.2 12
Zinc 3 750 938 46 000
  • Proposal to add Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl)phosphate and Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate to the organic chemical (flame retardants) requirements. (As proposed by the Korean Consumer Agency)
Compound CAS No. Limit
Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl)phosphate (TCPP) 13674-84-5 Action limit
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCP) 13674-87-8 Action limit
  • Proposal to add microbiological safety requirements for liquid filled toys. (As proposed by the Korean Consumer Agency)

Applicable product type: liquids, finger paints, gel or semi liquids toys,

Applicable test methods USP31, chapter 61 and 62, European Phamacopeia 2.16.2 and 2.16.3

Parameter Requirement (CFU/g or ml)
Total Aerobic Microbial Count (TAMC) ≤ 1 000 or ≤ 100
Yeast and molds ≤ 100
Staphylococcus aureus Absent
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Absent
Escherichia coli Absent

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Business Manager, Hardlines, Consumer and Retail
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