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Australia: Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Amendment Safety Standard Published

AUGUST 2021 - TOYS

On 3 August 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) adopted the amendment standard for projectile toys1 to incorporate updates recently made to the voluntary Australian/New Zealand and International standards on which it is based, and to include other minor updates.

The amendment is set out in the Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Amendment Safety Standard 2021. Suppliers must refer to this amendment and previous standard2 for the full requirements from 3 August 2021. A compilation instrument is being prepared to incorporate the amendments into the mandatory standard and will be provided when available.

See below for the highlights of the amendments.

Definitions 

Section 5 is updated to incorporate A1 and A2 in AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 and ISO 8124-1:2018.

Requirements

  1. Section 9(2)(a) and Section 11(2)(a) are replaced with:\
    • “(2) (a) omitting from paragraph 4.18.3 b) “be accompanied by instructions for use that give the user information on how to use the toy safely (see B.2.15, projectile toys, for guidance). This requirement only applies to projectiles that it might reasonably be possible to aim at the face (see E.32, projectile toys); and”; and”
  2. Newly added to the end of Section 9 with the following:
    • “(3) Clause 4.19.1 of the Australian/ New Zealand Standard for the safety of the toys is modified by omitting “Remote-controlled flying toys shall be accompanied by instructions that give the user information on how to use the toy safely (see B.2.26.2).”
  3. Newly added to the end of Section 11 with the following:
    • “(3) Clause 4.19.1 of the International Standard for the safety of toys is modified by omitting “Remote controlled flying toys shall be accompanied by instructions that give the user information on how to use the toy safely (see B.2.26.2).”

Warning requirements

  1. Scope – Section 13(1) is updated to:
    (1) This section applies to a projectile toy if it satisfies all of the following:
         (a) it might reasonably be possible to aim the projectile toy at the eyes or face;
         (b) the projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile more than 300 millimetres;
         (c) the projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile with kinetic energy greater than 0.08 J.
  2. Requirements – Section 13(2) changed from “and the packaging” to “or the packaging”
  3. Determining projectile range – Section 13(3) is updated to:
    (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), in determining whether:
         (a) a projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile more than 300 millimetres; or
         (b) a projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile with kinetic energy greater than 0.08 J.

 

[1]  Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Amendment Safety Standard 2021

[2]  Australia: ACCC updates mandatory standard for projectile toys and aquatic toys, June 2020

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