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Proposed updates to safety standards for toys and children's products
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     The Government proposes to adopt up-to-date safety standards promulgated by the relevant standards institutions for toys and some children's products listed in Schedule 2 (Schedule 2 products) under the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424).

     The Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance stipulates that a person must not manufacture, import or supply a toy or Schedule 2 product unless it complies with all the applicable requirements contained in any one of the safety standards specified in Schedules 1 and 2 respectively to the Ordinance. The standards specified are mostly international standards or standards adopted by major economies. The Government keeps in view updates to the standards so as to apply up-to-date, operative versions to products supplied in Hong Kong.

     The safety standards specified for toys and for eight classes of Schedule 2 products, namely (i) "babies' dummies"; (ii) "bunk beds for domestic use"; (iii) "child safety barriers for domestic use"; (iv) "children's cots for domestic use"; (v) "children's high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use"; (vi) "children's paints"; (vii) "playpens for domestic use"; and (viii) "wheeled child conveyances", have been/will be updated. The Government proposes to adopt the up-to-date versions of those safety standards and will consult the public. Details of the proposal are set out in a consultation note available on the website of the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau at www.cedb.gov.hk/citb.@

     Interested members of the public are welcome to send their views on the proposal in writing to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau at 23/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong, or by email to tcpso_standards_updates@cedb.gov.hk, on or before December 2, 2014.

Ends/Monday, November 3, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:07

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