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India Issues Order for Toy Safety

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsMarch 10, 2020

India has published an Order requiring toys to comply with the latest version of a list of toy safety standards and to bear the Standard Mark. The Order will become effective on September 1, 2020.

On February 26, 2020, India published Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 (the Order) under Extraordinary in its Gazette. This relates to the regulation of toys and/or materials for use in play by children under 14 years of age, or other products as notified by the Central Government.

The Order contains several important provisions for toy safety, including:

The Order as published indicates IS 9873 (Part 1):2018 for ‘Mechanical and Physical Properties’ and IS 15644:2006 for ‘Electric Toy Safety’. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the latest version of these standards is:

Highlights of the list of Indian Standards for toy safety in the Order are summarized in Table 1.

EntryIndian Standards (IS)*TitleEffective Date
1IS 9873 (Part 1): 2019
Mechanical and Physical Properties
September 1, 2020
2IS 9873 (Part 2): 2017
3IS 9873 (Part 3): 2017
Migration of Certain Elements
4IS 9873 (Part 4): 2017
Swings, Slides and Similar Activity Toys for Indoor and Outdoor Family Domestic Use
5IS 9873 (Part 7): 2017
Finger Paints
6IS 9873 (Part 9): 2017Certain Phthalate Esters in Toys and Children’s Products
7IS 15644:2006, reaffirmed year 2016
Safety of Electric Toys
*The latest version of IS, including its amendments, as notified by the Bureau from time to time, will apply from September 1, 2020 

Table 1

In December 2019, India amended its import policy on toys by replacing ‘imported toys have to be tested by an NABL accredited lab’ with ‘sending randomly selected toy samples from each consignment to an NABL accredited lab for testing to determine customs clearance’.

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