Hong Kong Consults Standards for Toys and Children’s Products
Hong Kong has launched a one-month public consultation on a proposal to update its safety standards for certain toys and children’s products. Comments are accepted until December 31, 2018.
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Hong Kong’s Toys and Children’s Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424 ) (the Ordinance) stipulates that toys and children’s products are obliged to comply with all the applicable requirements in any one of the safety standards specified in Schedules 1 and 2 of the Ordinance.
On December 1, 2018 , Hong Kong launched a one-month consultation on its proposal  to adopt up-to-date safety standards for toys, and five categories of Schedule 2 products. This stems from updates to international standards so that these up-to-date standards are applied to products supplied in Hong Kong. The five categories of Schedule 2 products are:
- Children’s safety barriers for domestic use
- Children’s cots for domestic use
- Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use
- Children’s paints
- Playpens for domestic use
Comments for the proposal are accepted until December 31, 2018
Highlights of the proposal are summarized in Table 1.
|Item||Children’s Product||Standard||Current Standard||Proposed new Standard|
|1||Toys||International||ISO 8124-1:2014||ISO 8124-1:2018|
|ISO 8124-4:2014||ISO 8124-4:2014/ Amd.1:2017|
|British/European||BS EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014||BS EN 71-3+A3:2018|
|BS EN 71-7:2014||BS EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018|
|BS EN 71-8:2011||BS EN 71-8:2018|
|BS EN 71-14:2014||BS EN 71-14:2014+A1:2017|
|2||Child safety barriers for domestic use||American||ASTM F1004-16b||ASTM F1004-18|
|3||Children’s cots for domestic use||British/European||BS EN 716-1:2008+A1:2013||BS EN 716-1:2017|
|BS EN 716-2:2008+A1:2013||BS EN 716-2:2017|
|4||Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use||American||ASTM F404-17||ASTM F404-18|
|British/European||BS EN 14988-1:2006 +A1:2012 and BS EN 14988-2:2006 +A1:2012||BS EN 14988:2017|
|5||Children’s paints||British/European||BS EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014||BS EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018|
|6||Playpens for domestic use||American||ASTM F406-15||ASTM F406-17|
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