SAFEGUARDS |Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 087/17

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Hong Kong China has recently amended its list of standards for demonstrating up-to-date safety requirements for certain toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on April 1, 2018.

In December 2016 [1], the Hong Kong China government launched a one-month public consultation on a proposal [2] to update the list of safety standards for certain toys and children’s products.  

On May 19, 2017, Hong Kong China published a press release announcing [3] an updated list of safety standards for four categories of toys and five categories of children’s products falling under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Chapter 424 [4]). According to the announcement, these standards are international standards or standards adopted by major economies (for presumption of conformity or demonstration of compliance).

On the same day as the press release announcement, Hong Kong China published the list of new standards in ‘The Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2017 under Number 102 [5] of legal supplement No. 2 in the Hong Kong China Gazette. It is interesting to note that two completely new toy safety standards have been published for acceptance. These are:

  • BS EN 71-13:2014 for olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
  • ISO 8124-7:2015 for finger paints

The new standards will become effective on April 1, 2018.

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in Table 1.

Chapter 424                   Children’s product Standard Current Standard New Standard               
Schedule 1
(Toy Standards [6])
Finger paints International ---- ISO 8124-7:2015
Chemical toy (sets) other than experimental sets British/
BS EN 71-5:2013 BS EN 71-5:2015
Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games --- BS EN 71-13:2014
Electric toys BS EN 62115:2005
BS EN 62115:2005
Schedule 2
(Product Standards [7])
Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use International ISO 9221-1:1992 ISO 9221-1:2015
ISO 9221-2:1992 ISO 9221-2:2015
American ASTM F404-14a ASTM F404-16a
Playpens for domestic use American ASTM F406:2013 ASTM F406:2015
Wheeled child conveyances ASTM F833-13b ASTM F833-15
Child safety barriers for domestic use ASTM F1004-13 ASTM F1004-16b
Bunk beds for domestic use British/
BS EN 747-1:2012 BS EN 747-1:2012 +A1:2015
BS EN 747-2:2012 BS EN 747-2:2012 +A1:2015
Effective Date
(New Standards)
April 1, 2018

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