The Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2024 was officially released by the the Hong Kong government of China in the Gazette on 16 February 2024. The Notice seeks to update the safety standards for toys and six classes of children’s products listed in Schedule 2 (Schedule 2 products) under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424).

The six classes of Schedule 2 products are (i) baby walking frames; (ii) bunk beds for domestic use; (iii) child safety barriers for domestic use; (iv) children’s paints; (v) playpens for domestic use; and (vi) wheeled child conveyances. The Notice will take effect on 1 August 2024.

The Ordinance stipulates that a person must not manufacture, import or supply a toy or a Schedule 2 product unless it complies with all the applicable requirements contained in any one of the safety standards (international standards or standards adopted by major economies) specified in Schedule 1 (applicable to toys) or Schedule 2 (applicable to Schedule 2 products). The Government keeps in view any updates or amendments to the safety standards so as to apply up-to-date and operative versions of the standards to toys and Schedule 2 products supplied in Hong Kong. The last updates to Schedules 1 and 2 came into operation in September 2022 and August 2023 respectively.

The main changes are as follows:

ProductsCurrent International Standards and European StandardsNew International Standards and European Standards
ToysISO 8124-1:2018 (incorporating Amendment 1:2020 and Amendment 2:2020)ISO 8124-1:2022
ISO 8124-2:2014ISO 8124-2:2023
ISO 8124-3:2020ISO 8124-3:2020 (incorporating Amendment 1:2023)
BS EN 71-13:2021BS EN 71-13:2021 + A1:2022
Baby Walking FramesASTM F977-18ASTM F977-22e1
Bunk Beds for Domestic UseISO 9098-1:1994ISO 9098-1:2023
ISO 9098-2:1994ISO 9098-2:2023
Child Safety Barriers for Domestic UseASTM F1004-21ASTM F1004-23
Children’s PaintsISO 8124-3:2020ISO 8124-3:2020 (incorporating Amendment 1:2023)
Playpens for Domestic UseASTM F406-19ASTM F406-22
Wheeled Child ConveyancesBS EN 1888-1:2018BS EN 1888-1:2018 + A1:2022
AS/NZS 2088:2013AS 2088:2022

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