Publication Date Monday, October 5, 2020
In December 2019, India amended an import policy by requiring imported toys to be tested by a NABL accredited laboratory which became effective immediately. Following this Notification, on Feb. 26, 2020, India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry published a separate Toys (Quality Control) Order of 2020. It specified the key provisions for the safety of toys as laid out below, with an effective date of Sept. 1, 2020.
However, on Sept. 15, 2020 the Bureau of Indian Standards stated that it was necessary because of public interest to amend the Toys (Quality Control) Order of 2020 with a new effective date of Jan. 1, 2021 for the required BIS certification.
Below is a recap of the requirements laid out in the order:
Toys (Quality Control) Order of 2020:
- Under Scheme‑I of Schedule-II from the Bureau, requires toys to have the standard mark of conformity (BIS)
- Toy conformity to the latest version of BIS Indian standards. The UL laboratory in Gurugram has received BIS recognition to test toys for the following:
- IS 9873 (Part 1) 2019 for safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
- IS 9873 (Part 2) 2017 for flammability
- IS 9873 (Part 3) 2017 for migration of certain elements
- IS 9873 (Part 9) 2017 for certain phthalates esters
- IS 15644:2006 for safety of electrical toys
- Certification process, by the bureau recognized as the certifying authority
The order also requires factory audits for toy manufacturers regardless of the location of manufacture (note: nothing in the order shall apply to goods or articles meant for export).
Overall, this is a completely new certification process that will require audits, marking and testing.
Contact us to learn more on how UL can help.