January 2020 Regulatory Update


Update for UN 38.3 Lithium Battery Testing

As of January 1, 2020, manufacturers and distributors of lithium ion cells and batteries and equipment powered by cells and batteries are required to provide a Test Summary as specified in the United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, sub-section 38.3, paragraph 38.3.5. It should be noted that the test summary also applies to the cells and batteries contained in equipment when the cell or battery is added to a product.

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The Test Summary shall include the information as below; however, there is no defined required format to follow.

Lithium cell or battery test summary in accordance with sub-section 38.3 of Manual of Tests and Criteria
The following information shall be provided in this test summary:
  1. Name of cell, battery, or product manufacturer, as applicable;
  2. Cell, battery, or product manufacturer's contact information to include address, phone number, email address and website for more information;
  3. Name of the test laboratory to include address, phone number, email address and website for more information;
  4. A unique test report identification number;
  5. Date of test report;
  6. Description of cell or battery to include at a minimum:
    1. Lithium ion or lithium metal cell or battery;
    2. Mass;
    3. Watt-hour rating, or lithium content;
    4. Physical description of cell/battery; and
    5. Model numbers.
  7. List of test conducted and results (i.e., pass/fail);
  8. Reference to assembled battery testing requirements, if applicable (i.e. 38.3.3(f) and 38.3.3(g));
  9. Reference to the revised edition of the Manual of Test and Criteria used and to amendments thereto, if any; and
  10. Signature with name and title of signatory as an indication of the validity of information provided
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India Amends the Import Requirements for Toys

On December 2, 2019, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued notification No.33/2015-2020 to amend the import policy for toys distributed in India. This was effective immediately.

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According to the amendment, the requirement of testing toys at laboratories accredited by the India’s National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) has been removed. Instead, the authority will randomly select samples from each consignment arriving in India and sent them to NABL accredited laboratories for clearance. Failure in complying to the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) toy standards may result in the consignment being sent back or destroyed at the cost of the importer. The example of BIS toy standards are shown as below.

  • IS 9873-1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
  • IS 9873-2: Flammability
  • IS 9873-3: Migration of Certain elements
  • IS 9873-4: Swings, slides and similar activities - toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use
  • IS 9873-7: Requirements and test methods for finger paints
  • IS 9873-9: Certain phthalates in toys and children’s products
  • IS 15644: Electric toys
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Vietnam Issued new Technical Regulations regarding the Safety of Toys

On September 30, 2019, the Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam approved QCVN 3:2019/BKHCN Technical Regulations for Toy Safety.

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The key amendments to the Technical Regulation on Toy Safety are summarized below:

  • Revised the version of standards for physical and mechanical properties, flammability and migration of certain elements:
    Requirements QCVN 3:2019/BKHCN
    (Effective January 1, 2021)
    QCVN 3:2009/BKHCN
    (Current version)
    Physical and mechanical properties TCVN 6238-1: 2017
    (ISO 8124-1: 2014)
    TCVN 6238-1:2008
    (ISO 8124-1:2000)
    Flammability TCVN 6238-2: 2017
    (ISO 8124-2: 2014)
    TCVN 6238-2:2008
    (ISO 8124-2:2007)
    Migration of certain elements TCVN 6238-3:2011
    (ISO 8124-3:2010)
    TCVN 6238-3:2008
    (ISO 8124-3:1997)
  • Introduced Phthalates requirements (BBP, DBP and DEHP for all toys, and DIDP, DINP and DNOP for toys, which can be placed in the mouth)
  • Updated the toy labeling requirements in accordance with Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP of April 14, 2017

The new Technical Regulation will come into force on January 1, 2021. Toys that are tested and comply with Technical Regulation,QCVN 3:2009/BKHCN, can be sold in the market until December 31, 2021.

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Hong Kong Proposes an Update on Toys and Children's Product Standards

On December 1, 2019, the Hong Kong Government proposed the adoption of up-to-date safety standards for toys and certain children’s products listed in Schedule 2 under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap 424).

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The Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance stipulates that a person must not manufacture, import or supply a toy or Schedule 2 product unless it complies with all the applicable requirements contained in any one of the safety standards specified in Schedules 1 and 2 respectively in the Ordinance. The standards specified are international standards adopted by major economies.

Schedule 1 Toy Standard

Current Standard Proposed substitute standards
ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 1:2014) ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 2:2018)
ISO 8124-4:2014 (incorporating Amendment 1:2017) ISO 8124-4:2014 (incorporating Amendment 2:2019)
BS EN 71-1:2014 BS EN 71-1:2014 + A1:2018
BS EN 71-3:2013 + A3:2018 BS EN 71-3:2019
BS EN 71-14:2014 + A1:2017 BS EN 71-14:2018

Schedule 2 Children’s Product Standard

Current Standard Proposed substitute standards
Babies’ Dummies
BS EN 1400:2013 + A1:2014 BS EN 1400:2013 + A2:2018
Baby Walking Frames
ASTM F977-12 ASTM F977-18
Child Safety Barriers For Domestic Use
ASTM F1004-18 ASTM F1004-19
Children’s Cots For Domestic Use
ASTM F1169-13 ASTM F1169-19
ISO 7175-1:1997 ISO 7175-1:2019
ISO 7175-2:1997 ISO 7175-2:2019
Children’s High Chairs and Multi-purpose High Chairs For Domestic Use
ASTM F404-18 ASTM F404-18a
Children’s Paints
BS EN71-3:2013 + A3:2018 BS EN71-3:2019
ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 1:2014) ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 2:2018)
Playpens For Domestic Use
ASTM F406-17 ASTM F406-19
Wheeled Child Conveyances
BS EN 1888:2012 BS EN 1888-1:2018 and BS EN 1888-2:2018
ASTM F833-15 ASTM F833-19
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Australia Recalls Summary (June 2, 2019 ­- November 29, 2019)

In Australia, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website, which is updated daily. The Australia recalls from June 2, 2019 ­- November 29, 2019 are summarized below:

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Hazards Frequency
Injury Hazard 24
Fire Hazard 23
Choking Hazard 20
Burn Hazard 10
Suffocation Hazard 8
Other Hazards* 32

*Other Hazards include Allergic Hazard, Chemical Hazard, Drowning Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Electrical Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Fall Hazard, Ingestion Hazard, Laceration Hazard and Strangulation Hazard with a frequency of less than 7.

Product Categories Frequency
Toys and Childcare Articles 28
Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 22
Furniture 9
Cosmetics / Bodycare 6
Sporting Goods / Equipment 5
Other Categories^ 23

^Other Categories include Candles & Burning Items and Accessories, Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories, Eyewear, Food Contact Material, Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.), Homeware, Lighting Equipment and Pet Supplies with a frequency of less than 5.

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