On 10 January 2017, Member States formally approved a proposal to introduce a restriction on the use of phenol in toys intended for children less than three years and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth. Hong Kong traders which export such toys to the EU should note that this clears the path for the proposal’s official adoption and implementation EU-wide. More
After a 7% drop in 2015, Hong Kong’s toys exports decreased further by 24% year-on-year in January-November 2016, with across-the-board declines observed in all major markets. In the first eleven months of 2016, exports to the US dropped 14% year-on-year, while those to the EU and Chinese mainland, the next two major markets, saw big year-on-year declines of 30% and 38% during the period. More
The world’s second-largest toy industry event attracts buyers from around the world. More than 2,000 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions took part in the 2016 show, which attracted over 45,000 buyers.
On 24 November 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a new Directive so as to reduce the concentration of Bisphenol A (BPA) in toys which are intended to be placed in the mouth or to be used by children that are less than three years’ old. More
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) recently published the results of its expert assessment on the health risks of oral exposure to chemicals found in plastic toys and children’s equipment intended for children less than three years of age. More
ASTM International recently issued a significantly revised version of its voluntary toy safety standard F963 as part of on-going efforts to address emerging safety issues, new product features and potential new uses of toys. More