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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.

SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 158/18

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Hong Kong’s Toys and Children’s Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424 [1]) (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 [2], Hong Kong launched a one-month consultation on its proposal [3] 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

Table 1.

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