SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 184/15

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Rockland County has recently signed a stipulation to delay the enforcement of its ‘Toxic Free Toys Act’ until 1 January 2016. It now joins New York Albany County in halting the enforcement of toxic chemicals in children’s products.

In August 2015, we informed you that New York Rockland County implemented Local law 3 of 2015 (Toxic Free Toys Act) [1] to prohibit 7 toxic substances in products for children up to the age of twelve. The law was to be enforced starting 11 October 2015.

In late October 2015, a stipulation [2] signed between Rockland County and the Safe to Play Coalition (STPC) halted the enforcement of Local Law 3 of 2015 until 1 January 2016. The stay will give Rockland County time to evaluate the possibility of amending the law.

Rockland County Local Law 3 of 2015 is functionally identical to Local Law J of 2014 [3] (Toxic Free Toys Act) in Albany County. Rockland County now joins Albany County [4] in halting the enforcement of prohibitions on chemical content in children’s products.

Highlights of the stay of Local law 3 of 2015 in Rockland County are summarised in Table 1.

Table 1

New York Rockland County Local Law 3 of 2015

Toxic Free Toys Act




Enforcement date

Enforcement date (stipulation)

Antimony, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, lead and mercury

Products for children up to age of 12


11 October 2015

1 January 2016

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