The WTO has circulated a proposal from Vietnam to strengthen its requirements on toy safety. Comments are accepted until early February 2018.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 001/18

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On December 7, 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a proposal from Vietnam to amend its national regulations on toy safety.

The draft National Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys, QCVN 03:2017/BKHCN, attached to WTO document number 17-6733 [1] and notified under G/TBT/N/VNM/114, would amend QCVN 03:2009/BKHCN [2] on toy safety. The proposed amendment contains a number of important changes to QCVN 03:2009-BKHC, including the following:

  • Updates to the list of standards for mechanical and physical properties, flammability and soluble elements

  • Updates to the list of standards for formaldehyde in textiles and wood

  • A completely new set of requirements for phthalates and electric toys

  • Labeling must contain certain information and in accordance with the new law on labeling, Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP of April 14, 2017

According to the WTO document, the final date for comments is February 5, 2018.

Major highlights of the draft Technical Regulation are summarized in Table 1.

National Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys
Draft QCVN 3:2017/BKHCN
Mechanical and physical properties
TVCN 6238-1:2017
(ISO 8124-1:2014)
TVCN 6238-1:2008
(ISO 8124-1:2000)
TVCN 6238-2:2017
(ISO 8124-2:2014)
TVCN 6238-2:2008
(ISO 8124-2:2007)
Migration of certain elements
TVCN 6238-3:2011
(ISO 8124-3:2010)
TCVN 6238-3:2008
(ISO 8124-3:1997)
≤ 0.1% each phthalate in accessible plastics and coatings using TCVN 6238-6:2015 (ISO 8124-6:2014)
No specific requirements
Electric toys
TCVN 11332:2016
(IEC 62115:2011)
≤ 24V for nominal input voltage (toy)
≤ 24V for nominal or instantaneous voltage (toy or part of toy)
  • In accordance with Decree No. 43/2017ND-CP dated 14/4/2017
  • Minimum content on label:
    Instructions for use
    Year of manufacture
  • Warnings and instructions in accordance with corresponding TCVN 6238 (ISO 8124) standards

In accordance with law on goods labels and corresponding standards

Table 1

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