Trinidad and Tobago is consulting over a draft standard to strengthen toy safety. The proposed date of entry into force is March 31, 2020.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 175/19

 Infant Playing

In July 2019, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago consulted over its draft mandatory standard on the migration of heavy metals from toy materials. Comments were accepted until September 2019 (SafeGuardS 115/19).

Since the consultation over its draft mandatory standard on soluble elements, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (‘the Bureau’) has made available on its website a revised draft mandatory standard for chemicals in toys, designated as PCTTCS 3:20XX (Replaces TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010)  ‘Safety of Toys – Compulsory Chemical Requirements'

The revised draft standard contains several important provisions and requirements:

  1. Defining the scope of toys
  2. One set of migration limits for eight elements for each category of ‘toy materials other than modeling clay and finger paints’, ‘modeling clay’ and ‘finger paints’ – these are based on ISO 8124.3 (see Table 1)
  3. Migration of boron for three categories of toy materials based on BS EN 71-3:2019
  4. ≤ 0.1% for seven phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIBP, DINP, DIDP and DNOP), individually and in combination
  5. Labeling

According to the Bureau, comments will be accepted until January 31, 2020.

Per World Trade Organization (WTO) document number 19-7726 of November 13, 2019, notified under G/TBT/N/TTO/121/Rev.1, the proposed date of entry into force of the draft standard is March 31, 2020.

Highlights on the migration limits for eight soluble elements based on ISO 8124.3 in the draft standard are summarized in Table 1.

 Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
Draft PCTTCS 3:20XX (Replaces TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010) ‘Safety of Toys – Compulsory Chemical Requirements
 Soluble element Toy material
Toy material other than modeling clay and finger paints (mg/kg) Modeling clay
 Finger paint
 Antimony  60  60  10
 Arsenic  25  25  10
 Barium  1,000  250  350
 Cadmium  75  50  15
 Chromium  60  25  25
 Lead  90  90  25
 Mercury  60  25  10
 Selenium  500  500  50
Table 1


Item  Acronym/Abbreviation  Phthalate
 1  BBP  Benzyl butyl phthalate 
 2  DBP  Dibutyl phthalate 
 3   DEHP  Bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 
 4  DIBP  Diisobutyl phthalate
 5  DIDP  Di-isodecyl phthalate 
 6  DINP  Di-isononyl phthalate 
 7  DNOP  Di-n-octyl phthalate 

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