South Korea has begun implementing its revised Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products.
Notice No. 2019-201 – Notice of Revision of Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products – was published on December 3, 2019, by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Its provisions contain several important changes, which are being implemented in phases.
From June 4, 2020, the following six phthalates are restricted to less than or equal to 0.1% (sum) in synthetic resins (polymeric/plastic materials, including coatings on textile and leather materials):
This provision will be enforced regardless of whether the object is intended to be placed in the mouth.
The following provisions will come into effect from December 4, 2020:
1) Strengthening lead content requirements in substrates from no more than 300 mg/kg to no more than 100 mg/kg. Exemptions include textiles, metal tips of writing instruments and functional components of electronic products
2) Cadmium requirement becomes no more than 75 mg/kg, with an exemption for textiles
3) New requirements for the total content of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in children’s products containing elastomeric materials:
These last provisions (3) relate to:
South Korea’s Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products apply to accessible materials/components in products that in normal use are aimed at children aged under thirteen. It does not cover:
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