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The Philippines’ House of Representatives (HoR) unanimously approved a bill that aims to protect children from hazardous chemicals that can be found in toys, and other products marketed for children in the Philippines. House Bill (H.B.) no. 6702 or, “Safe and Non-Hazardous Children Products Act,” places the burden of proof of product safety upon the manufacturers, importers and sellers.

The bill introduces toxic metals to be prohibited such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury and nickel, phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA). However, Senator JV Ejercito clarifies that this is just an initial list and will require updating, biennially.