South Korea Begins implementing Its Revised Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products

South Korea began implementing its revised common safety standards for children’s products on June 4, 2020.

Online PR News – 07-June-2020 – Geneva, Switzerland – South Korea has begun implementing its revised Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products.

Notice No. 2019-201 – Notice of Revision of Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products – was published on December 3, 2019, by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Its provisions contain several important changes, which are being implemented in phases.

From June 4, 2020, the following six phthalates are restricted to less than or equal to 0.1% (sum) in synthetic resins (polymeric/plastic materials, including coatings on textile and leather materials):

Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)

This provision will be enforced regardless of whether the object is intended to be placed in the mouth.

The following provisions will come into effect from December 4, 2020:

1) Strengthening lead content requirements in substrates from no more than 300 mg/kg to no more than 100 mg/kg. Exemptions include textiles, metal tips of writing instruments and functional components of electronic products
2) Cadmium requirement becomes no more than 75 mg/kg, with an exemption for textiles
3) New requirements for the total content of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in children’s products containing elastomeric materials:
Products for children under 36 months that are intended to be used in the mouth such as soothers, teats, teethers and toothbrushes:
N-nitrosamines – no more than 0.01 mg/kg
N-nitrosatable substances – no more than 0.1 mg/kg
Products for children under 36 months, other than above, and for children over 36 months such as mouthpieces, balloons, etc.
N-nitrosamines – no more than 0.05 mg/kg
N-nitrosatable substances – no more than 1.0 mg/kg

These last provisions (3) relate to:
N-nitrosodimethylamine (CAS 62-75-9)
N-nitrosodiethylamine (CAS 55-18-5)
N-nitrosodi-n-propylamine (CAS 621-64-7)
N-nitrosodi-n-butylamine (CAS 924-16-3)
N-nitrosopiperidine (CAS 100-75-4)
N-nitrosopyrrolidine (CAS 930-55-2)
N-nitrosomorpholine (CAS 59-89-2)

South Korea’s Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products apply to accessible materials/components in products that in normal use are aimed at children aged under thirteen. It does not cover:
Drugs and quasi-drugs
Medical devices
Food contact materials and articles
Amusement facilities and equipment

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