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A new Executive Director for SEATA

The Board of the Southeast Asia Toy Association (SEATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Matteo Vezzosi as its Executive Director with immediate effect. Matteo’s appointment marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the organisation as SEATA expands its scope and services to respond to members’ and evolving requirements of the … Continue reading “A new Executive Director for SEATA”

Thailand: Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) in the process of amending safety standards for toys

TISI is in the process of amending toy safety requirements stipulated in TISI Standard No.685-2540. The proposed changes include tightened restrictions on phthalates, mercury, and arsenic. The new requirements have been approved by the Industrial Product Council and will likely be published within the next three months.  SEATA will review the publicly available draft and … Continue reading “Thailand: Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) in the process of amending safety standards for toys”

Indonesia’s toy industry needs foreign investment

The Indonesia Toy Association (AMI) wants the Indonesian Government to attract more foreign investment, particularly from China, by creating a conducive business environment with harmonized policies between central and regional governments. The toy association also asserted that increased investment would enable the local toy industry to adapt to new technology and increase production capacity. Facing … Continue reading “Indonesia’s toy industry needs foreign investment”

Philippine’s FDA reminds consumers to avoid purchasing improperly labelled unsafe toys

The Philippine’s FDA has reminded consumers to only purchase toys that have been properly labeled in accordance with Philippines regulations. CONSUMER INFORMATION ON THE PURCHASE AND USE OF TOY AND CHILD CARE ARTICLES (TCCA) DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Indonesia

Ministry of Trade implements new post-border check procedure for certain products, including toys: Beginning 1 February, the Customs Office will no longer inspect products at the border to ensure that they comply with Indonesian regulations. The new post-border check procedure is applicable to 21 product categories that fall under 2,642 HS codes, including the special … Continue reading “Indonesia”

Indonesia

Indonesian Ministry of Industry appoints TUV Rheinland to certify toy products in accordance with SNI standards: TUV Rheinland has a toy testing facility in Infinia Park, South Jakarta, where they carry out 35 tests on toys. These tests are conducted in accordance with SNI’s standards for mechanical testing, flammability tests, and electrical toy safety. The … Continue reading “Indonesia”

The Philippines

The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill No. 6702, which aims to protect children from dangerous substances that can be found in toys: The bill outlaws the sale and distribution of all toys, and other children’s products, that contain harmful substances. This bill’s counter measure – Senate Bill No.1084 – still has to be … Continue reading “The Philippines”

Vietnam

Vietnam’s government is amending the Child Safety Regulations for toys, cracking down on traces of Phthalate recently found in toys: The Department of Quality Control conducted an investigation, which revealed that many toys contained levels of the toxic Phthalate that far exceeded the recommended limit. This crack down is predominantly targeted at toys manufactured in … Continue reading “Vietnam”