The Toy Safety Regulation entered into force on April 4, 2017 with certain revisions, as you may recall from our previous legal alerts of October 6 and March 14, 2017. Most of the amendments entered into force on April 4, 2017, whereas some revisions will enter into force on May 24 and November 24, 2017.
Furthermore, a new Communiqué on the Harmonized Standards Regarding Toy Safety Regulation (the “Communiqué on the Harmonized Standards”) was published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on April 4, 2017.
Article 14 of the Toy Safety Regulation was amended to provide that toys complying with the harmonized standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the corresponding Harmonized Turkish Standards or the relevant sections of the mentioned standards be deemed to conform to the safety requirements of the Toy Safety Regulation.
In this context, the Communiqué on the Harmonized Standards was adopted to establish the Harmonized Turkish Standards and reference numbers indicated in Article 14 of the Toy Safety Regulation. The Harmonized Turkish Standards are established in parallel with the EU standards on toy safety. The following revisions were made to the annexes of the Toy Safety Regulation:
- Part A of the Annex 2 was amended to specify in further detail the permitted use of CMR substances within the scope of Section III of Annex 3, and
- Part C was added to the Annex 2 to set forth the specific limit values for chemicals used in toys for use by children aged 36 months or younger, or which children may put into their mouths.
With the Toy Safety Regulation and the Toy Safety Communique now in force, toy manufacturers, importers and sellers should take the necessary actions to ensure compliance with Toy Safety Regulation's requirements.