WTO Circulates Nepalese Proposal to Revise Chemical Standards for Toys

Nepal has proposed changes to its Technical Regulation on Children’s Toys. If accepted, it will come into effect in late 2018 or early 2019.
( | Press Release | 2018-07-05 12:35:07 )
On May 30, 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated Nepal’s intention to revise its requirements concerning hazardous substances used in toys – the Draft Technical Regulation on Children’s Toys

The proposed changes alter Nepal’s current toy standard, which came into effect in July 2017. Changes include:

• Designation of ISO 8124-3:2010 as the method for testing the migration of seven heavy metals. These are:
o Antimony - ≤ 60 mg/kg
o Arsenic - ≤ 25 mg/kg
o Barium - ≤ 1000 mg/kg
o Cadmium - ≤ 75 mg/kg
o Chromium - ≤ 60 mg/kg
o Mercury - ≤ 60 mg/kg
o Selenium - ≤ 500 mg/kg
• Designating X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) as the method for assessing lead content in:
o Paints or paint on painted materials - ≤ 90 mg/kg
o Accessible substrates - ≤ 100 mg/kg
• Deleting the requirements for bisphenol A (BPA), bromine, phthalates and zinc

The announcement was circulated in an attached to WTO document number 18-3239 and notified under G/TBT/N/NPL/5. It will potentially come into effect in late 2018 or early 2019. Stakeholders should now ensure their products comply with the latest developments in Nepalese toy safety standards.

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