WTO Circulates Australian Proposal to Update Mandatory Safety Standards for Toys Containing Magnets

On May 18, 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO)
circulated a notification by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
(ACCC) signalling its intention to update the four mandatory safety standards for
toys containing magnets.

Released under WTO document number 20-3634, the
proposal requires children’s toys containing magnets to comply with any of the
following standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 ‘Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’
  • ASTM F963-17 ‘Standard consumer safety specification for toy safety’
  • EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 ‘Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties’
  • ISO 8124-1:2018 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’

Children’s toys are regulated by several mandatory
safety standards in Australia. These cover physical and mechanical properties,
as well as chemical properties and labelling requirements. Toys containing
magnets are covered in Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010.

In addition, toys and childcare articles are
prohibited if they contain more than 1% of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP),
according to Consumer Protection Notice No. 11 of 2011.

Other mandatory safety standards include:

  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003, as amended by Consumer Protection No. 1 of 2005 ‘Toys for children up to and including 36 months of age’
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 1 of 2009 ‘Lead and certain elements’ (including finger paints)
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2009 ‘Flotation and aquatic toys’
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010
    ‘Projectile toys’

The proposed revision to the standard will be
adopted the day after registration, with a transition period of twelve months
before it enters into force.

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