Hong Kong | Public consultation on proposed updates to safety standards for toys and children's products launched

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The Government launched a public consultation today (December 1) on the proposed updates to Schedules 1 and 2 to the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424) to implement up-to-date safety standards promulgated by the relevant standards institutions for toys and children's products listed in Schedule 2 to the Ordinance (Schedule 2 products).

The Ordinance stipulates that a person must not manufacture, import or supply a toy or a Schedule 2 product unless it complies with all the applicable requirements contained in any one of the safety standards (international standards or standards adopted by major economies) specified in Schedule 1 (applicable to toys) or Schedule 2 (applicable to Schedule 2 products) to the Ordinance. The Government keeps in view any changes to the standards so as to apply up-to-date and operative versions of the standards to products supplied in Hong Kong. 

As the safety standards specified for toys and for six classes of Schedule 2 products, namely (i) baby walking frames, (ii) bottle teats, (iii) bunk beds for domestic use, (iv) children's high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use, (v) children's paints, and (vi) children's safety harnesses have been updated, the Government proposes to adopt the up-to-date versions of those safety standards under the Ordinance. Details of the proposals are available on the website of the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau at www.cedb.gov.hk/citb.

Members of the public are welcome to send their views on the proposals in writing to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau at 23/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong, or by fax to 2869 4420, or by email to [email protected], on or before December 31, 2021.     

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