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The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has announced the introduction of new technical regulation on toy safety.

The new regulation, QCVN 3:2019/BKHCN, and published under Circular Number 09/2019/TT-BKHCN of September 30, 2019, will update QCVN 3:2009/BKHC. The new regulation, as with the old, applies to toys for children under the age of 16 and is designed to meet modern requirements. It contains several important changes:

  • Updated standards, including:
    • Physical and mechanical properties: TCVN 6238-1:2017 (ISO 8124-1:2014)
    • Flammability: TCVN 6238-2:2017 (ISO 8124-2:2014)
    • Migration of certain elements: TVCN 6238-3:2011 (ISO 8124-3:2010)
  • Requirements for six phthalates added, using TCVN 6238-6:2015 (ISO 8124-6:2014). They are:
  • Toys (all) (≤ 0.1% for each):
    • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
    • Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
    • Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Toys which can be placed in the mouth (≤ 0.1% for each):
    • Di-iso-decyl phthalate (DIDP)
    • Di-iso-nonyl phthalate (DINP)
    • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)
  • Labeling requirements must accord with Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP of April 14, 2017

Additional provisions include:

  • Declaration for toys conforming to the technical requirements (Section 2) in the regulation, conformity mark (CR mark) and labeling before they are placed on the market
  • Toys manufactured domestically or imported are required to undergo certification using Mode 5 or 7 – certification is valid for three years
  • Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for domestically manufactured toys
  • Imported toys to be registered for inspection on their quality (Circular 28/2012/TT-BKHCN)
  • List of HS Codes for toys falling under the scope (Appendix I)
  • List of products not considered as toys (Appendix II)

Vietnam originally informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) about its draft technical regulation in 2017. Circular Number 09/2019/TT-BKHCN of September 30, 2019 came into effect on December 31, 2019, except Section 2 ‘Technical Regulations’.

Stakeholders should be aware, Section 2 ‘Technical Regulations’ to the QCVN 03:2019/BKHCN national technical regulation (requirements for physical, flammability, chemicals, accessible liquids, electric safety and labeling) will come into effect on January 1, 2021.

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