Brazil Updates Toy and School Supplies Regulations

Brazil has revised two pieces of
legislation to change the country’s requirements for toys and school supplies.

The Brazilian National Institute of
Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) has published Ordinance No. 217 of
June 18, 2020 (the ‘Ordinance’). It came into effect on June 24, 2020 – the
date of publishing – and revises:

  • Ordinance
    No. 481 of December 7, 2010 ‘Assessment Requirements for Compliance with School
    Supplies’ (Ordinance 481/2010)
  • Ordinance
    No. 563 of December 29, 2016 ‘Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment
    Requirements for Toys’ (Ordinance 563/2016)

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The Ordinance moves ‘modeling clay’ from the scope of Ordinance 481/2010 and reclassifies it as a toy. If therefore now needs to be certified according to Ordinance 563/2016.

There is also a comprehensive set of changes relating
to toys, under Ordinance 563/2016. These include:

  • New
    compliance dates set for domestic manufacturers, importers, distributors and
    other businesses that carry out trade activities for compliance with the
    Ordinance on toy safety
  • Setting a
    new compliance date of January 1, 2022 for toys containing expanded
    ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer to comply with the more stringent limit
    for formamide content (from 0.5% to 0.3%)
  • A new set
    of complementary standards and documents, including a completely new standard
    for laser product safety, to be adopted for Technical Quality Regulation:

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    1. ABNT NBR
      NM 300-1:2011 ’General, mechanical and physical properties’
    2. ABNT NMR
      NM 300-2:2004 ‘Flammability’
    3. ABNT NBR
      NM 300-3:2011 ‘Migration of certain elements’
    4. ABNT NBR
      NM 300-4:2004 ‘Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities’
    5. ABNT NBR
      NM 300-5:2004 ‘Chemical toys (sets) other than chemistry sets
    6. ABNT NBR
      NM 300-6:2004 ‘Electric toys’
    7. ABNT NBR
      13793:2012 ‘Feeding bottles and nipples’
    8. ABNT NBR
      11786:1998 ‘Specifications’ – this cancelled standard is used for 2 tests in
      this RTQ on a normative basis
    9. ABNT NBR
      16040:2018 ‘Phthalates – determination of phthalic plasticizers by gas
    10. ABNT
      ISO/TR 8124-8:2017 ‘Age determination guidelines’
    11. IEC
      60825-1:2014 ‘Safety of laser products’
    12. Inmetro
      Ordinance No. 250, 2016

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  • New
    definitions – includes a new definition for ‘toy’ – any product designed or
    clearly intended for use in play by children under fourteen years of age
  • Extending
    the validity of the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from ‘3 years’ to ‘5 years’
  • Extending
    the maintenance evaluation period (audit and tests) from ‘6 months’ to ’12
    months’ after the CoC has been issued
  • A
    completely new requirement for all packaging to contain the supplier’s
    identification (ID), containing the company name or when available, the trade
    name and/or registered trademark and address. This ID and address can be
    abbreviated but must be clearly identified
  • New
    warnings and statements, including those for marbles for the 0-3 age group
  • New
    warning on packaging for aquatic toys
  • New
    warnings for teethers and a completely new set of warnings for toy swings

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The Ordinance has also modified the list of products
that are not considered to be toys.

The latest amendment stipulates that toys must
comply with the Ordinance on ‘Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements
for Toys’ by the following dates:

  • January 1,
    2022 – domestic manufacturers and importers
  • January 1,
    2023 – manufacturers and importers selling toys
  • July 1,
    2025 – businesses marketing toys

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