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Safety is a paramount concern when it comes to children’s toys, and the STEM toy industry is no exception. In this blog post, we will explore the latest regulations and safety standards for STEM toys in different countries, helping parents, educators, and toy importers ensure that the products they select are safe and compliant with local requirements.
In the United States, the CPSC is responsible for establishing and enforcing safety standards for consumer products, including toys. The CPSC has established regulations for toy safety, such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which sets strict limits on the use of hazardous substances like lead and phthalates in children’s toys. In addition, the ASTM International has developed a voluntary standard for toy safety (ASTM F963), which covers a wide range of potential hazards, including choking, sharp edges, and battery safety.
The European Toy Safety Directive (EN 71) sets out the safety requirements for toys sold within the EU. This comprehensive set of standards covers various aspects of toy safety, including mechanical and physical properties, flammability, and chemical composition. To demonstrate compliance with EN 71, toys must undergo testing by an accredited laboratory and display the CE (Conformité Européenne) marking on their packaging.
In Canada, toy safety is regulated by Health Canada and guided by the Canadian Toy Association (CTA). The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) sets out the general safety requirements for consumer products, including toys. Health Canada also enforces the Toys Regulations under the CCPSA, which outline specific safety standards for toys, such as limits on hazardous substances and requirements for labeling and packaging.
In Australia, the ACCC enforces the Consumer Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003, which sets out mandatory safety standards for toys intended for children up to and including 36 months of age. In New Zealand, the MBIE enforces the New Zealand Toy Safety Standard (AS/NZS ISO 8124), which covers a range of safety aspects, including mechanical and physical properties, flammability, and chemical composition.
China’s toy safety standards are regulated by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and are outlined in the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) system. The CCC system requires that toys meet the GB 6675 National Toy Safety Standard, which covers various aspects of toy safety, including mechanical and physical properties, flammability, and chemical composition.
In conclusion, understanding the latest regulations and safety standards for STEM toys in different countries is crucial for ensuring that the toys we provide to children are safe and compliant with local requirements. By staying informed about these standards, parents, educators, and toy importers can make more informed decisions when selecting STEM toys for the children they serve.