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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.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys and Juvenile ProductsNO. 104/20

 SG 10420 Toys2

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

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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