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Hong Kong has recently amended the “Toys and Children’s Products Safety (Amendment) Ordinance 2013” by the inclusion of phthalates and other marking requirements.  This new law had already taken effect on July 1st, 2014. 

On February 12th, 2014, Hong Kong’s Information Services Department announced the enforcement date for toys and children’s products under the “Toys and Children’s Products Safety (Amendment) Ordinance 2013” and was published in the Government Gazette on February 14th, 2014.

The new law mandates additional identification markings, bilingual warning or cautionary labels with respect to the safe keeping, use, consumption or disposal of toys and children’s products [as defined under Section 2C(1) of the Ordinance].  It also regulates 6 forms of phthalates in plasticized materials in toys or products for children under the age of 4.

Table 1: Highlights of the new law on phthalates

Hong kong toys & children's products safety regulation                (additional safety standards or requirements)

Class Phthalate Scope Function Requirement
1 BBP
  • Toys
  • Products for Children under the age of 4

 

To facilitate

  • Feeding
  • Hygiene
  • Relaxation
  • Sucking
  • Sleep
≦0.1% (sum)
DBP
DEHP
2 DIDP
  • Toys or products for children under the age of 4 which can be placed into the mouth of a child under the age of 4
≦0.1% (sum)
DINP
DNOP

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