On 1 December 2016, Switzerland revised Toys Ordinance to be in line with the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. Effective on 1 May, the new standard allows those toys compliant with the old version continue to be sold until 30 April 2017.
The highlights of amendments are as below:
1. Revise some provisions as regards Annex 1 list of toys not considered as toys and Annex 2 physical and mechanical properties in the interest of clarity;
2。 Include safety requirements for activity toys and functional toys
3。 Add new definitions for chemical toys, aquatic toys, olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games;
4. Update the list of SN EN 71 standards harmonised with Swiss Toys Ordinance;
5. Restrict the five substances in toys for children under 36 months or intended to be placed in the mouth to align with the EU Toy Safety Directive (EU toy directive adopts five new restrictions):
- reaction mass of: 5-chloro-2- methyl-4-isothiazolin- 3-one [EC no. 247-500-7] and 2-methyl-2H -isothiazol-3-one [EC no. 220-239-6] (3:1) (effective on 24 November 2017)
- 5-Chloro-2-methyl-isothiazolin-3(2H)-one (CMI) (effective on 24 November 2017)
- 2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (MI) (effective on 24 November 2017)
- 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one (BIT) (effective on 24 May 2017)
6. Restricts some chemicals in REACH Annex XVII including benzene, phthalates and PAHs.
It shall be noted that Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). To facilitate free trade with the EU, Swiss legislation is adapted to EU law in several areas. Switzerland has different requirements related to product safety and unlike the EU, CE marking is not required in Switzerland.
C&K Testing advises businesses to deal with due care.
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