The Australian requirements for toys intended for children under three years of age have been amended with more stringent requirements for small parts to stop release during play or reasonable wear and tear.
Australia has published more stringent requirements relating to small parts to help prevent choking, suffocation or death.
The current requirements are found in Consumer Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003, as amended by Consumer Protection No. 1 of 2005.
The new requirements are found in Consumer Goods (Toys for Children up to and including 36 Months of Age) Safety Standard 2023.
There is an 18 month transitional period until March 4, 2025. During this time, toys can comply with either the old 2005 or the new 2023 requirements. After March 4, 2025, only compliance with the 2023 requirements will be accepted.
The 2005 requirements accepted compliance to:
- Australian Standard 1647.2-1992 Children’s Toys (Safety Requirements) Part 2: Constructional Requirements, or
- Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 Safety of toys, Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
The new 2023 requirements accept compliance to:
- Australian standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2023 Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties, or
- International (ISO) standard ISO 8124 1:2022 Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties, or
- European (EN) standard EN 71 1:2014 + A1:2018: Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties, or
- American (ASTM) standard ASTM F963 17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety
The new 2023 requirements also include specific provisions relating to toys that contain batteries.
The mandatory standard requires any toy for a child aged up to and including 36 months, and containing any type of battery, to have the battery compartment secured in such a way that it can only be accessed by using a tool. This is based on the potential harm that can come from accessible batteries, as children up to 36 months of age can swallow small parts.
This means that for toys the battery requirements will become more stringent. The battery requirements that came into force in 2022 apply to button/coin batteries and products containing button/coin batteries, whereas the 2023 toy requirements apply to any type of battery.
More information is provided in battery regulation website.
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