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Japan Toy Association will enforce the revision on Part 1 of Toys Safety Standard ST-2016 (2nd edition) starting for applications received on and after January 1, 2019.

The revision sets out to improve and strengthen labeling/marking requirements, designed on placing the “Intended age range” for balls in accordance with the following:

  • Indication structure of “Intended age range”
  • Location of indication
  • Size of lettering
  • Color of indication

Toys without indication of “intended age range” shall be regarded as toys intended for children of all ages. In addition, the 1st edition of ST-2016 may still be applied for applications to renew the approval for the use of ST mark on continuous products until December 31, 2020.

Note: The ST-2016 toy standard is a voluntary standard; however, it is required to apply for the ST mark.