Stakeholders Consulted Over South African Toy Safety Standard Proposals

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has launched a consultation over several toy safety standards.

Published in March 2022, Notice 896/2022 includes a variety of standards:

  • SANS 50071-1 Ed 2 Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties (test requirements and methods for mechanical and physical properties)
  • SANS 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)
  • SANS 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)
  • SANS 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)
  • SANS 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)
  • SANS 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)

It should be noted these SAN 50071 standards are related to the EN 71 series of toy safety standards.

The Department is accepting comments until April 29, 2022.

SGS Toy & Juvenile Product Services

SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with relevant standards for childcare articles and children’s equipment. They provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being brought to the market. After all, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Toy & Juvenile Product Services.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420



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