Hong Kong has launched a one-month consultation on a proposal to revise its safety standards for toys and children’s products. Comments are accepted until December 31, 2021.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 163/21

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Hong Kong’s Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (the Ordinance, Cap 424) stipulates that toys and children’s products are obliged to comply with all applicable requirements in any one of the safety standards specified in Schedules 1 (Toy Standards) and 2 (Schedule 2 Product Standards).

On December 1, 2021, Hong Kong announced a one-month consultation on its proposal (with an Annex detailing the major changes) to adopt up-to-date standards for toys, and six categories of Schedule 2 Products. This stems from revisions to international standards or standards adopted by major economies so that they are applied to products supplied in Hong Kong.

According to the announcement, comments for the proposal will be accepted until December 31, 2021.

Highlights of the proposal are summarized in Table 1.

Item

Scope

Current Standard

Proposed New Standard

1

Toys1

 ISO 8124-1:2018

 ISO 8124-1:2018 incorporating Amendments 1:2020 and 2:2020

2

Toys1

 ISO 8124-4:2014 incorporating Amendment 2:2019

 ISO 8124-4:2014 incorporating Amendments 1:2017 and 2:2019

3

Toys1

 ISO 8124-7:2015

 ISO 8124-7:2015 incorporating Amendment 1:2020

4

Toys1

 BS EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014

 BS EN 71-2:2020

5

Toys1

 BS EN 71-3:2019

 BS EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021

6

Toys1

 BS EN 71-4:2013

 BS EN 71-4:2020

7

Toys1

 BS EN 71-13:2014

 BS EN 71-13:2021

8

Toys1

 BS EN 62115:2005+A12:2015

 BS EN IEC 62115:2020+A11:2020

9

Baby walking frames2

 BS EN 1273:2005

 BS EN 1273:2020

10

Bottle teats2

 BS EN 14350-1:2004 and 
 BS EN 14350-2:2004

 BS EN 14350:2020

11

Bunk beds for domestic use2

 ASTM F1427-19

 ASTM F1427-21

12

Children’s highchairs and multi-purpose highchairs for domestic use2

 ASTM F404-18a

 ASTM F404-20

13

Children’s paints2

 BS EN 71-3:2019

 BS EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021

14

Children’s paints2

 AS/NZS 8124.3:2012 incorporating Amendment 1:2016

 AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2021

15

Children’s safety harnesses2

 BS EN 13210:2004

 BS EN 13210-1:2020

1Schedule 1 ‘Toy Standards’
2Schedule 2 ‘Schedule 2 Product Standards’

Table 1

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