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Attention to safety regulatory compliance of toys and products intended for children is growing each day. Manufacturers, retailers, and buyers need to keep up with the rapidly evolving regulations, not just in their local market but on an international scale as well.

We are constantly working on providing you with European and global regulatory updates. To further support the ever-changing landscape of regulations, we interviewed Richard Smart — UL Toy Subject Matter Expert.

Below is the full interview to help you better understand how these changes can affect your business. Contact us to learn more about our wide portfolio of services for the toy world.

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Q: When it comes to global market access, in order to review and approve pocket money for toys in the Australian and New Zealand market, would EN 71 be enough as a whole?
Richard: There are some mandatory requirements in Australia which apply to certain types of toy products. These should be considered based on each products age grade and characteristics. While other products do not have mandatory requirements, there are Australia and New Zealand standards for toys based on the International Toy Standards ISO 8124. While EN 71 may be acceptable, its always recommended complying with local standards.

Q: What are the main trends UL sees in respect to EU recall notifications and recalls?
Richard: The main trends this year have been increased notification of slimes due to the presence of Boron in the solution. This seems to be ongoing monitoring of slime across the EU with various countries involved. There are also continued notifications for the presence of restricted Phthalates, but these tend to be on lower price point imports.

Q: To conclude the interview, what do you see as a potential impact from a compliance perspective for 2020?
Richard: I think that the introduction of the new REACH CMR in textiles legislation will increase the need for raw material suppliers to those companies producing toys with textile components to be clear with their requirements for compliance. The new REACH requirements will impact disguise costumes, soft filled toys, and similar textile items, so it’s important to communicate to your supply chains.

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