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Trinidad and Tobago Consults Over Revised Draft Standard for Toy Safety

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsJuly 19, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago is consulting over a revised draft standard to strengthen toy safety. The proposed date of entry into force is January 29, 2021.

In June 2020, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) announced a consultation over its revised draft mandatory standard on toy safety. The revised draft standard, designated as PCTTCS 3:20XX “Safety of Toys – Compulsory Requirements’, replaces TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010, and contains several important provisions and requirements:

  • Defining the scope of toys, toy components and toy materials
  • One set of migration limits for eight heavy metal elements (antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and selenium) for each category of ‘toy materials other than modeling clay and finger paints’, ‘modeling clay’ and ‘finger paints’ when tested according to ISO 8124-3 or ASTM F963. Each of these three categories of toy materials has its own set of limits
  • Migration of boron for three categories of toy materials based on BS EN 71-3:2019
  • ≤ 0.1% for seven phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIBP, DIDP, DINP and DNOP), individually and in combination, when tested according to ISO 8124-6 ‘Certain phthalate esters in toys and children’s products’
  • Labeling

Per TTBS, comments will be accepted until August 31, 2020.

According to World Trade Organization (WTO) document number 20-4732 of July 9, 2020, notified under G/TBT/N/TTO/121/Rev.2, the proposed date of entry into force of the standard is January 29, 2021.

Definitions

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

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