DGFT Clarifies that Toys Restriction Applies only on Products Covered by BIS Standards
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi – 110 107.
Policy Circular No. 95(RE-08)/2004-2009 Dated 16th June, 2009
All Licensing Authorities;
All Commissioners of Customs;
Trade & Industry.
Subject: Prohibition on import of toys
Vide Notification No.82 (RE-2008)/2004-2009 dated 23rd January, 2009, Notification No. 91(RE-2008)/2004-2009 dated 2nd March, 2009, and Notification No.113 (RE-2008)/2004-2009 dated 16th June, 2009, import of toys have been made subject to adherence to the standards prescribed in IS 9873 (Part I-III).
2. In this regard, representations have been received regarding applicability of the standards on toys which are not covered within the scope of the standards under IS 9873 (Part-I) notified by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
3. The matter has been examined in consultation with BIS and in this regard, it is clarified that the conditions mentioned in Notification No. 113 (RE-2008)/2004-2009 dated 16th June, 2009 shall be applicable only on such toys which are included within the scope of the aforementioned Standards. A copy of the ‘Scope’ notified by BIS is enclosed.
4. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
(O. P. Hisaria)
Joint Director General of Foreign Trade
(Issued from File No. 01/89/180/0053/AM01/PC-2(A))
(Enclosure to Policy Circular No.95(RE-08)/2004-2009 dated 16.06.2009).
IS 9873 (Part 1): 2001
ISO 8124-1: 2000
Safety Requirements for Toys
Part 1 Safety Aspects Related to Mechanical and
The requirements in this part of ISO 8124 apply to all toys, i.e. any product or material designed or clearly intended for use in play by children under 14 years of age. They are applicable to a toy as it is initially received by the consumer and, in addition, they apply after a toy is subjected to reasonably foreseeable conditions of normal use and abuse unless specifically noted otherwise.
The requirements of this part of ISO 8124 specify acceptable criteria for structural characteristics of toys, such as shape, size, contour, spacing( e.g. rattles, small parts, sharp points and edges, hinge-line clearances) as well as acceptable criteria for properties peculiar to certain categories of toy( e.g. maximum kinetic energy values for non-resilient-tipped projectiles, minimum tip angles for certain ride-on toys).
The part of ISO 8124 specifies requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children in various age groups from birth to 14 years. The requirements vary according to the age group for which a particular toy is intended. The requirements for a paricular age group reflect the nature of the hazards and the expected mental and/or physical abilities of the child to cope with them.
This part of ISO 8124 also requires that appropriate warnings and/or instructions for use be given on certain toys or their packaging . Due to linguistic problems that may occur in different countries, the wording of these warnings and instructions is not specified but given as general information in annex C. It should be noted that different legal requirements exist in many countries with regard to such marking.
This part of ISO 8124 does not purport to cover or include every conceivable potential hazard of a particular toy or toy category. Except for labelling requirements indicating the functional hazards and the age range for which the toy is intended, this part of ISO 8124 has no requirements for those characteristics of toys that represent an inherent and recognized hazard that is integral to the function of the toy.
Note: An example of such a hazard is the sharp point necessary for the proper function of a needle. The needle is a hazard that is well understood by the purchaser of a toy sewing kit, and the functional sharp point hazard is communicated to the user as part of the normal educational process as well as at the point of purchase by means of cautionary labelling on the product's packaging.
As a further example, a toy scooter has inherent and recognized hazards associated with its use ( e.g. instability during use, especially whilst learning). The potential hazards associated with its structural characteristics(sharp edges, pinch hazards, etc.) will be minimized by compliance with the requirements of this part of ISO 8124.
Products not included within the scope of this part of ISO 8124 are
a) bicycles, except for those considered to be toys, i.e. those having a maximum saddle height being of 435 mm(see E.1);
NOTE: "Slingshots" are also known as "catapults"
c) darts with metal points
d) home and public playground equipment;
e) compressed air and gas operated guns and pistols(see E.1);
f) kites(except for the elctric resistance of their strings, which is included);
g) model kits, hobby and craft items in which the finished item is not primarily of play value;
h) sporting goods and equipment, camping goods, athletic equipment, musical instruments and furniture; however, toys that are their counterparts are included.
It is recognized that there is often a fine distinction between, for example, a musical instrument or a sporting item and its toy counterpart. The intention of the manufacturer or distributor as well as normal use and reasonably foreseeable abuse, determines whether the item is a toy counterpart or not.
i) models of aircraft, rockets, boats and land vehicles powered by combustion engines, however, toys that are their counterparts are included( see E 1);
j) collectible products not intended for children under 14 years of age.
k) Holiday decorations that are primarily intended for ornamental purposes;
l) Aquatic equipment intended to be used in deep water;
m) Toys installed in public places( e.g. arcades and shopping centres).
n) Puzzles having more than 500 pieces or without a picture, for specialists.
o) Fireworks including percussion caps, except percussion caps specifically designed for toys.
p) Products containing heating elements intended for use under the supervision of an adult in a teaching context;
q) Steam engines
r) Video toys that can be connected to a video screen and operated at a nominal voltage greater than 24 V:
s) Babies pacifiers(dummies);
t) Faithful reproduction of firearms;
u) Electric ovens, irons or other functional products operated at a nominal voltage greater than 24 V.
v) Bows for archery with an overall relaxed length exceeding 120 cm;
w) Fashion jewellery for children(see E.1).
2. Normative references
The following normative documents contain provisions which, through references in this text, constitute provisions of this part of ISO 8124. For dated references, subsequent amendments to, or revision of, any of these publications do not apply. However, parties to agreements based on this part of ISO 8124 are encouraged to investigate the possibility of applying the most recent editions of the normative documents indicated below. For undated references, the latest edition of the normative document referred to applies. Members of ISO and IEC maintain registers of currently valid international Standard.