Korea Looks to Update Regulations on Toys

Top Quote South Korea has issued proposals to amend the regulations regarding toy safety. If accepted, the changes will update Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Toys. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 13, 2017 - On September 9, 2016, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) issued proposals to amend the regulations concerning toy safety. If accepted, the proposal will amend Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Toys, issued under the Special Act of Safety Management of Children's Products.

    The proposals will affect several aspects of the Annex, including: the scope of the Annex; exemptions to the Annex; and identification of some specific safety requirements. Toy and juvenile product manufacturers, working in the Korean market, should be aware of the proposals, which include plans to:
    Amend migration limits, by expanding the current list of 8 elements to 19 elements (to bring it into line with EN71 Part 3, proposed by the Korean Ministry of Environment). The proposed full list of elements will be: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium (III & VI), Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Manganese, Nickel, Strontium, Tin, Organic Tin, and Zinc.
    Change the rules concerning labelling and instruction requirements for battery operated toys and battery operated ride-on toys (to bring them into line with ASTM F963)
    Add Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl)phosphate and Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate to the organic chemical (flame retardants) requirements (recommendation of the Korean Consumer Agency)
    Add microbiological safety requirements for liquid filled toys (recommendation of the Korean Consumer Agency)

    Under the new proposals the follow products will be exempted from compliance with the Safety Confirmation ANNEX VI Toys: interactive software and their storage media; products intended for educational and other pedagogical purposes; and disposable paper party hats.

    The proposal, published as Notice No.2016-481, also issued clarifications on scope, concerning: musical toys; educational products; and traditional Korean toys.

    Companies, looking to market toy and juvenile products in Korea, are now advised to check their compliance with the proposed regulatory changes.

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    For further information contact:
    Tommy OH
    Business Manager, Hardlines, Consumer and Retail
    Tel: (+82) 31 460 8117
    Email: cts.media ( @ ) sgs dot com
    Website: www.sgs.com/toys

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