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Australia: ACCC updates mandatory standard for projectile toys AND AQUATIC TOYS

JUNE 2020 – RELEVANT FOR: TOYS PRODUCTS

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently updated the mandatory safety standards for projectile toys1, and aquatic toys2, which aim to further protect children from serious eye injuries or choking from projectile toys and serious injury or death to children from drowning. 

The new standards incorporate by reference with certain sections in national safety standard AS/NZS 8124.1:2019 with modification. They also allow suppliers to comply with relevant sections in international standards to demonstrate the product compliance of mechanical and physical properties. The updates are summarised in the following table.

Product category New mandatory standard  Requirement Enforcement date
Projectile toys Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020  1. Comply with relevant sections in one of below standard with modification:
- AS/NZS 8124.1:2019
- EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 or ISO 8124.1:2018 or ASTM F963-17

2. New warning requirement**
 
12 June 2021
Aquatic toys Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Comply with relevant sections in one of below standard with modification:
- AS/NZS 8124.1:2019 
- ISO 8124.1:2018
 13 June 2022

**A new warning statement “WARNING: Do not aim at eyes or face” is now required for projectile toys which can launch a projectile more than 300 millimetres. This warning statement should be clearly legible and visible on the packaging and instructions accompanying the toy.

The Commission published a combined consultation papers for the five toy standards regulated by existing standards from 1 February to 9 April 2017. The safety standards for projectile toys and aquatic toys are two of the five standards.

[1] Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020
[2] Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020

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