Turkey Proposes Updates to its Toy Safety Regulation based on European Rules

If approved, Turkey will strengthen its Toy Safety Regulation based on current European rules, phasing it in in two stages.

Online PR News – 19-August-2019 – Geneva, Switzerland – In May 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a revised proposal from Turkey announcing its intention to amend the Toy Safety Regulation to make it more robust. The draft regulation, attached to WTO document number 19-3702, and notified under G/TBT/N/TUR/80/Rev. 1, would revise the nation's Toy Safety Law to be aligned with the European Union (EU) rules.

If approved, the amendment will be implemented in two phases starting six months after publication in the Official Gazette.

Current Legislation
Turkey's current Toy Safety Regulation (Oyuncak Güvenliği Yönetmeliği) under Number 29847 in the Resmi Gazete (Official Gazette) is essentially based on the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD). It was amended in April 2017 to include many of the newly added chemicals specifically for toys intended for children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth under Appendix C to Annex II of the TSD.

What are the Expected Changes?
The expected updates to be implemented are listed below:
• Strengthening the migration limit for chromium (VI) under category III toy materials
• Strengthening the migration limits for lead in all three categories of toy materials
• Strengthening the migration limit for bisphenol A (BPA) in certain toys under Annex II Appendix C
• Adding phenol requirements to certain toys under Annex II Appendix C
• Revising the term 'aquatic toy' to 'aqueous toy' for better clarity in Annex II Appendix C

How will it be Implemented?
The WTO has proposed that the amendment to be adopted on August 1, 2019 and if accepted should be implemented in two phases:
• 6 months after publication in the Resmi Gazete for provisions other than chromium (VI) migration
• 12 months after publication in the Resmi Gazete for chromium (VI) migration

For a comprehensive overview of the changes, view our original Safeguard 102/19: [https://www.sgs.com/en/news/2019/07/safeguards-10219-turkey-proposes-strengthening-of-toy-safety-regulation]

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