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

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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The current TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010 standard references ISO 8124-3:2010, an outdated standard that has been amended in 2014 and 2018. Once TTCS 3:20xx is declared as the new national standard, TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010 will be withdrawn.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.

Standard Title Remark
TTCS 3:20xx Safety of Toys – Migration of Certain Elements – Compulsory Requirements
  • To replace TT/ISO 8124-3:2010
  • To become effective on a date to be published in the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette (by March 2020)

Table 1.

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