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(A) Lead in paints on Toys


The Australian and New Zealand governments banned children's toys that contain unsafe levels of lead and introduced penalties for retailers who sell them.

The ban replaces a voluntary industry standard and comes after U.S. toy giant Mattel Inc. made three recalls of Chinese-made toys because of concerns about the level of lead they contained.


                                                Limit on Total Lead Content

Paints on toys                           90 ppm



(B) Australian Regulation: Toys for children under 3 (Consumer Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003 - dated 1 December 2003, as amended by Consumer Protection No. 1 of 2005 - dated 15 February 2005. Based on AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 + A1:2007)


Toys suitable for children aged up to and including 36 months (not just those marked as such) must not contain any small parts that may be a choking hazard, nor produce any small parts when put through a range of tests which simulate normal use and abuse. The mandatory standard has been extended and now specifies additional testing for other items such as small balls, pom-poms attached to toys and pre-school play figures.


Note: only certain aspects of the mandatory standard may be contained in these compliance notes. Suppliers should refer to both the regulation or consumer protection notice and the referenced Australian/New Zealand or overseas standard (if applicable) for details of the full requirements of the mandatory standard.

More toys intended for children under 3 years are covered by the mandatory standard



(C) Australian/New Zealand Standards for Safety of Toys


AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 + A1:2007
Safety of toys - Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties (ISO 8124-1:2000, MOD)


AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2003
Safety of toys - Flammability (ISO 8124.2:1994, MOD)


AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2003
Safety of toys - Migration of certain elements


AS ISO 8124.4
Safety of toys - Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities 

AS ISO 8124.5
Safety of toys - Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets

AS 8124.7
Safety of toys - finger paints - requirements and test methods


AS/NZS 8124.9:2008
Safety of toys - Organic chemical compounds - Requirements


AS/NZS 8124.10:2008
Safety of toys - Organic chemical compounds - Sample preparation and extraction


AS/NZS 8124.11:2008
Safety of toys - Organic chemical compounds - Methods of analysis





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