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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
23-November-2010 15:55 IST
Import of Toys not meeting BIS Safety Standard not Permitted
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has formulated an Indian Standard prescribing safety requirements for toys relating to migration of certain elements. Indian standards are voluntary in nature and no licence has been granted for this standard. Since BIS has not granted any Certification Licence for toys against this Indian Standard, it cannot enforce it against manufacturers of toys.

Besides, a system of compulsory registration of toys and toy products has been found to be a possible mechanism for the purpose of regulating manufacture, sale of toys and enforcement of BIS standards at this stage

Presently, the imports of toys from all sources is subject to the following conditions:

(i) Certificate of Conformation to the standards prescribed in ASTM F963 or ISO 8124 (Part I-III) or IS 9873 (Parts I-III) or EN 71.

(ii) Certificate or Conformance from the manufacture that the toys being imported have been tested by an independent lab which is accredited under ILAC, MRA and found to meet the specifications indicated above.

Any consignments of toys, which are found not conforming to prescribed standards and specifications, are not permitted to be imported.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

MP:CP:standard (23.11.2010)