For Public Comment: Draft Compulsory National Standards for Safety of Toys

We invite you to share your views on the proposed draft compulsory National Standard for Safety of Toys which is being issued for Public Comment.

Closing date for comments: Friday 31st January 2020.

PCTTCS 3:20XX, Safety of toys – Compulsory chemical requirements

This standard establishes compulsory requirements for the following elements and chemicals including: antimony, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, phthalates and selenium contained within new, used, seconds, reconditioned and refurbished toys. It also includes labelling requirements for all toys.

The requirements apply to the following toys, components of toys and toy materials:

  • all intended food and oral contact toys, cosmetics toys and writing instruments categorized as toys irrespective of any age grading or recommended age labelling;
  • all toys intended for or suitable for children up to seventy-two months of age;
  • accessible coatings, irrespective of any age grading or recommended age labelling; and
  • accessible liquids, pastes, gels (e.g. liquid paints and modelling compounds), irrespective of any age, grading or recommended age labelling.

This standard does not apply to packaging materials unless they are intended to be kept e.g. boxes, containers or unless they form part of the toy or have intended play value.

NOTE   No requirements are provided for toys and parts of toys, which, due to their accessibility, function, mass, size or other characteristics, are obviously unlikely to be sucked, licked or swallowed, bearing in mind the normal and foreseeable behaviour of children e.g. the coating on the crossbeam of a swing set, the tyres of a toy bicycle.

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For further information, please contact Beverly Monroe, Standards Officer at Telephone (868) 662-3132, Ext 2043 or email: