Vietnam Proposes to Strengthen Toy Safety
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
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  and notified under G/TBT/N/VNM/114, would amend QCVN 03:2009/BKHCN  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
|Migration of certain elements
||≤ 0.1% each phthalate in accessible plastics and coatings using TCVN 6238-6:2015 (ISO 8124-6:2014)
||No specific requirements
|≤ 24V for nominal input voltage (toy)
≤ 24V for nominal or instantaneous voltage (toy or part of toy)
In accordance with law on goods labels and corresponding standards
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