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Christmas Decorations have come a long way from the traditional paper chains and glass balls. In any garden centre, DIY shop & supermarket before and during the Christmas season, you’ll find a wide range of decorations and other novelty items that look like toys, are as attractive to children as toys, but aren’t toys, and often nowhere as near as safe as toys.  
     
Some novelties resembled soft toys, the sort of toy we traditionally give to the young children. The most common problem was the novelty having parts in which a child could easily pull off, put it in its mouth and be at risk of choking.

A toy must comply with the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011. However, decorative objects for festivities and celebrations (for example, Christmas Decorations) are exempt, and do not have to satisfy the essential safety requirements, or carry a CE mark.

Soft-filled toys with simple features intended for holding and cuddling are considered a toy intended for children of 36 months, therefore it is not possible for producers of soft-filled toys to simply apply an age warning. They must ensure the toy complies with all physical and mechanical requirements.

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California Proposition 65

Labeling
(Fair Packaging & Labeling Act / Uniform Packaging & Labeling Regulations / Country of Origin / Claims)

Formaldehyde Emissions
Overall Dimension Check
Workmanship
Sharp Points & Edges
Performance Tests
(Actual Use / Flammability / Loading / Pull / Stability / Falling Impact / Corrosion Resistance / Humidity / Wood Moisture Content)
Cadmium Content
Organotin (Expressed as Tin)
Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF)
Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffin (SCCP) Content
Lead, Cadmium, Mercury & Chromium

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209 

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: General Requirements and Test Methods for Christmas Trees and Novelties (PDF 234 KB)

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