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Hong Kong has recently amended its list of standards for demonstrating up-to-date safety requirements for toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on October 1, 2019.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 047/19

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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.

In December 2018, the Hong Kong government launched a one-month public consultation on a proposal to update its list of safety standards for certain toys and children’s products (Safeguard 158/18).

In March 2019, Hong Kong published a press release announcing an updated list of six safety standards for toys and five categories of children’s products falling under the Ordinance. 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 published the amended list of standards in the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2019 under Number 49 to Legal Supplement No. 2 in the Hong Kong Gazette (Number 13, Volume 23).

These new standards will become effective on October 1, 2019.

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in Table 1.

Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2019
Item Children’s Product Standard Current Standard 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

Next Step:

Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for toys and children’s products for the Hong Kong market.

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