Egypt aligns toy safety standards with EU
22 February 2018 / Egypt
Egypt has put in place new requirements and test methods for substances used in toys, bringing them into line with the European standards.
According to a WTO notification, dated 21 February, a ministerial decree set out the standard for n-nitrosamine and n-nitrosatable substances used in:
toys and parts of toys made from elastomers and intended for use by children less than 36 months;
toys and parts of toys made from elastomers and intended to be placed in the mouth; and
finger paints for children less than 36 months.
The standard is line with a harmonised standard on n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable adopted in the EU last year.
A second WTO notification concerns requirements and test methods for substances and materials used in chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets, aligned with the 2015 European standard.
Both decrees were adopted in October and entered into force on 24 November last year. Producers and importers have a six-month transition period.