18 December 2019 / Phthalates, Vietnam
Vietnam’s standards directorate has updated the country’s toy safety Regulation and added limits for six phthalates. They apply from 1 January 2021 and affect both imported and domestic products.
The maximum limits are 0.1% by weight for:
- DEHP, BBP and DBP – all toys; and
- DINP, DIDP and DNOP – toys that can be placed in the mouth.
Companies will need to obtain a certificate of conformity for products covered by the Regulation, which will be valid for three years. They must also affix a conformity mark (CR mark) to the product to declare compliance before marketing.
And labels on toys must adhere to the requirements of decree No 43/2017/ND-CP: labelling of goods.
Vietnam notified the World Trade Organization of the proposed phthalate limits in December 2017.
The Ministry of Science and Technology published a circular in September on behalf of the standards body, to update the 2009 national technical toy safety Regulation with the 2019 version, called QCVN 03: 2019/BKHCN.
A transitional period will begin from 31 December. Toys compliant with the 2009 Regulation can remain on the market until 31 December 2021.