Trinidad and Tobago Holds Consultation Over Updated Draft of Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

Trinidad and Tobago is holding a new public consultation over the revised draft of its mandatory toy safety standard.

The Caribbean nation originally held a consultation on the draft mandatory standard on the migration of heavy metals from toy materials between July and September 2019. Since then, a revised draft has been published and a new consultation is being held. The new standard is designated PCTTCS 3:20XX (Replaces TTS/ISO 8124-3:2010) ‘Safety of Toys – Compulsory Chemical Requirements’.

This revised draft contains several important provisions and requirements, of which stakeholders should be aware. These include:

• Defining the scope of toys
• One set of migration limits for eight elements for each category of ‘toy materials other than modeling clay and finger paints’, ‘modeling clay’ and ‘finger paints’:
1. Antimony
2. Arsenic
3. Barium
4. Cadmium
5. Chromium
6. Lead
7. Mercury
8. Selenium
• Migration limit for boron in each of the three categories of toy material
• ≤ 0.1% for seven phthalates (individually and in combination):
1. Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
2. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
3. Bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
4. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
5. Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
6. Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP)
7. Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)
• Labeling

Be aware the migration limits are based on ISO 8124.3 and the boron migration limit is based on BS EN 71-3:2019.

To see the proposed limits for antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium, view our original SafeGuard 175/19.

Comments will be accepted until January 31, 2020, and it is proposed the new mandatory standard will come into force on March 31, 2020.

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