Trinidad and Tobago Consults Over Draft Mandatory Standard on Toy Safety
The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago has initiated a consultation period for its draft mandatory standard on the migration of heavy metals from toy materials. The new standard is expected to become effective by March 2020.
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 115/19
On July 29, 2019, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards announced its draft mandatory standard for toy safety. This draft standard, attached to the announcement and designated as TTCS 3:20XX ‘Safety of Toys – Migration of Certain Elements – Compulsory Requirements’, establishes the requirements for the migration of eight soluble elements (antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium).
The draft standard contains, inter alia, several important provisions:
- Applying the requirements to the following toys, toy components and materials:
- Accessible coatings
- Accessible gels, liquids and pastes such as liquid paints and modeling compounds
- Packaging materials that are intended to be kept or are an integral part of the toy or have intended play value
- Toys intended for food and oral contact, cosmetic toys and writing instruments
- Toys intended for children up to six years of age
- Specifying the use of the latest version of ISO 8124-3
- Labeling requirements for the following toys:
- Toys that are not pre-packaged are to conform to TTS 76 Part 1 ‘Requirements for labeling – Part 1: General requirements’
- Toys that are pre-packaged are to conform to TTS 76 Part 2 ‘Requirements for Labeling – Part 2: Labeling of Packaged Goods’
- Requiring toys to be accompanied by a certification mark or certificate of conformity (CoC) to ISO 8124-3, and a test certificate from a third-party laboratory in compliance with this ISO standard
The current TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010 standard references ISO 8124-3:2010, an outdated standard that has been amended in 2014 and 2018. Once TTCS 3:20xx is declared as the new national standard, TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010 will be withdrawn.
According to the announcement, comments for this 57-day consultation are accepted until September 24, 2019.
Highlights of the announcement are summarized in Table 1.
|TTCS 3:20xx||Safety of Toys – Migration of Certain Elements – Compulsory Requirements||
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