WTO Circulates Proposed New Mandatory Toy Safety Standard for Thailand

Thailand has issued proposals to introduce a single modern toy safety standard that will replace its three existing standards.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated the proposal on November 14, 2019, as part of WTO Document No. 19-7760. It announces the introduction of a new mandatory toy safety standard designated TIS 685 Part-25XX (20XX): Toys: Safety Requirements: Part 1 – Requirements as a Mandatory Standard. This will replace:
• TIS 685 Part 1-2540 (1997): Toys: Part 1 – General Requirements
• TIS 685 Part 1-2540 (1997): Toys: Part 2- Packages and Labeling
• TIS 685 Part 1-2540 (1997): Toys: Part 3 – Methods of Test and Analysis

Stakeholders should be aware, if/when the new standard is adopted, it will bring in several important changes concerning chemicals. These include:
1. The migration limits for eight metals change from two sets to three, with different levels for:
• Coatings, writing materials, plastics, paper and paperboard, and textiles (CWPT)
• Finger paints (FP)
• Modeling clay (MC)
The eight listed metals are: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium
2. New requirements for phthalates in plastic, coating and rubber materials in two categories of toys:
• ≤ 0.1% for the sum of three phthalates in toys:
1. Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
2. Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
3. Bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
• ≤ 0.1% for the sum of six phthalates in toys for children under three years of age which can be placed in the mouth:
1. Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
2. Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
3. Bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
4. Di-iso-decyl phthalate (DIDP)
5. Di-iso-nonyl phthalate (DINP)
6. Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)

The new mandatory standard will also contain labeling provisions and requirements for physical and mechanical properties.

Thai authorities are accepting comments until January 13, 2020.
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