Japan Toy Safety Standard Part 1 Revision

2014-01-23
On 4 October 2013, The Japan Toy Association (JTA) announced the first amendment of Japan Toy Safety Standard (ST-2012) Part 1. The revised standard became effective on 1 November 2013. Some major amendments are summarized as below: Acoustic Requirements Exclusion is added as follows: - Additional sound clips downloaded via internet after the purchase of toy Stability and Overload Requirements - 4.15.1 Stability of ride-on toys and seats - the scope of tested toys are extended to rocking toys (e.g. rocking horses); - 4.15.1.1 Sideway stability, feet available for stabilization – requirements are applicable to ride-on toys and toys with seats, which the height of the seat from the ground should be 27cm or more; - 4.15.1.2 Sideway stability, feet unavailable for stabilization – requirements are applicable to ride-on toys and toys with seats, which the feet/legs of the child are restricted in their sideway motion, such as by the sides of a toy mobile. Electric ride-on toys are given as example; - 4.15.1.4 Stability of toys designed to support all or part of the mass of a child except for ride-on toys and stationary toys with seats – new requirement and test method are added for stability of toys designed to support all or part of the mass of a child except for ride-on toys and stationary toys with seats,which are intended for children aged under 60 months. Slides, climbing frames, seesaw, etc. are given as examples applicable to the requirement. Inflatable vinyl toys intended to be used indoors are excluded. Requirement: The toys should not tip over when the toy is placed on a slope of a smooth surface inclined 10°±1° to the horizontal plane, and is loaded with a mass of 50 kg (± 0.5 kg) on its standing or sitting surface. For more information, please feel free to contact our Toys and Children's Products Departmant at Tel: +852 2666 1817 / 2666 1863 / 2666 1895; Fax: +852 2663 9612 or E-mail: tcd@hkstc.org Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (STC) has been approved by The Japan Toy Association for ST testing in Hong Kong since 1985. We are also the first laboratory accredited by Japan Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (JMHLW) for toy testing in Hong Kong with the legal requirements of Japan Food Sanitation Law. The information contained in this newsletter is obtained from sources believed to be accurate to the best knowledge of the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Limited. It is distributed without warranty, representation, inducement or license of any kind and the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Limited does not assume any legal responsibility for use or reliance upon same.