On June 11, 2020, Australia registered instruments that update the mandatory safety standards for two specific toy groups – projectile toys and aquatic toys.
The standard for projectile toys mandates compliance with specific clauses in one of four current standards:
It also requires a warning statement to be added to the toy’s instructions and packaging, when the product can launch a projectile over 300 mm. The statement is:
“WARNING: Do not aim at eyes or face”
The instrument for aquatic toys mandates compliance with warning format requirements in either of these standards:
Both instruments came into effect the day after they were registered – June 12, 2020. They do not, however, have the same date from which all toys in the category must comply with these safety standards. Until the following dates, manufacturers can choose either to comply with the existing safety standards or the new instruments:
Children’s toys are regulated by several mandatory safety standards in Australia. These standards address physical and mechanical properties, chemical properties and/or labeling requirements. They currently include:
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