On September 4, 2023，the Australian Government Issued a new version of the standard 《Consumer Goods (Toys for Children up to and including 36 Months of Age) Safety Standard 2023》. The mandatory standard was created to reduce the chances of small parts releasing or coming off toys during play or after reasonable wear and tear, helping to prevent choking, suffocation, or death. The new version effect On September 5, 2023 and will be implemented on March 5, 2025.
The requirements of the new Standard as follows:
This standard apply to children’s toy for children up to and including 36 months of age.
A children’s toy is an object that is manufactured, designed, labelled or marketed as a plaything for a child up to and including 36 months of age.
2. Basic requirements：
The mandatory standard allows compliance with one of the following:
AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2023 Safety of toys–Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
ISO 8124-1:2022 Safety of toys–Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
EN 71-1:2014 + A1:2018 Safety of toys–Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
ASTM F963-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety
Moreover, the mandatory standard requires all toys for children up to and including 36 months of age containing any type of battery to have the battery compartment secured in such a way that it can only be accessed by using a tool. This is based on the potential harm that can come from accessible batteries, as children up to 36 months of age can swallow small parts. For the button/coin batteries toys must comply with the standard 《Consumer Goods (Products Containing Button/Coin Batteries) Safety Standard 2020》.
1. Suppliers have until 4 March 2025 to transition to the requirements of the new mandatory standard.During the transition period suppliers will have a choice to comply with either:
lthe 《Consumer Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003, as amended by Consumer Protection No. 1 of 2005》;
lthe 《Consumer Goods (Toys for Children up to and including 36 Months of Age) Safety Standard 2023》.
2. From 5 March 2025 suppliers must only comply with the 《Consumer Goods (Toys for Children up to and including 36 Months of Age) Safety Standard 2023》
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