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On September 30th, 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam has issued Circular No. 09/2019 / TT-BKHCN. This Circular promulgates QCVN 03: 2019 / BKHCN which is the National Technical Regulation on Toy Safety for Children.
This Circular requires organizations and individuals that manufacture, import, distribute and retail children’s toys and state management agencies to comply with the safety requirements for children’s toys such as safety requirements in terms of mechanics, fire and chemistry and especially safety requirements for electric toys, specifically:
- Children’s toys shall not use electrical power with a rated voltage exceeding 24 V and no part of a children’s toy with a nominal or instantaneous voltage exceeding 24 V;
- Parts in children’s toys, if connected or able to come into contact with a power source with a rated voltage exceeding the above limit, as well as wires and cables connected to the parts must be insulated and protected. Suitable to prevent electrical risks.
Children’s toy is defined as any product or material designed and specified for use or play by children younger than 16 years of age. In particular, the technical regulation specifies the safety requirements for children’s toys, corresponding test methods and requirements for quality control of domestically manufactured, imported and marketed children’s toys.
The circular takes effect from December 31st, 2019. However, the toys that are sold on the domestic market that comply with the provisions of Circular 18⁄2009 / TT-BKHCN will continue to be circulated until the end of December 31st, 2021.