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South Africa Consults Over Several Draft Standards for Toy Safety

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsApril 07, 2022

South Africa has launched a consultation period for several draft standards on toys. Comments are accepted until April 29, 2022.

 SG 04822 Wooden Kitchen Toys

In March 2022, South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry and Competition published Notice 896 of 2022 (Notice 896/2022) to launch a consultation period for several toy safety standards for the development of the country’s national standards under the Standards Act.

Highlights of these toy standards in Notice 896/2022 are summarized in Table 1. It is interesting to note that these SAN 50071 standards are related to the EN 71 series of toy safety standards.

Government Gazette, No. 46059, Page 246, March 18, 2022
Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Notice 896 of 2022
Section A, Drafts for Comments


Draft Standard (Scope)

1SANS 50071-1 Ed 2 
Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties (test requirements and methods for mechanical and physical properties)
2SANS 50071-2 Ed 2 
Safety of toys – Part 2: Flammability (categories of flammable materials prohibited in toys, and requirements relating to flammability of certain toys when they are subjected to a small source of ignition)
3SANS 50071-3 Ed 2
Safety of toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements (test methods and requirements for the migration of 19 elements – aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium (III), chromium (VI), cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium, strontium, tin, organic tin and zinc)
4SANS 50071-4 Ed 2
Safety of toys – Part 4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities (requirements for the maximum amount or maximum concentration of certain substances and mixtures used in experimental sets for chemistry and related activities)
5SANS 50071-5 Ed 2
Safety of toys – Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets (requirements and test methods for substances and materials used in chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets)
6SANS 50071-14 Ed 2
Safety of toys – Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use (requirements and test methods for trampolines for domestic use, their access devices and their enclosures, intended for outdoor and/or indoor use by one person at a time)

Table 1

According to Notice 896/2022, comments will be accepted until April 29, 2022.

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