India Toy Fair Sparks Discussion about Anticipated Changes in Indian Toy Regulations

8 July 2011

Upcoming changes in Indian toy regulations were a leading topic at the “5th Toy Biz International,” the annual Toy Fair hosted by the Toy Association of India (TAI) held in New Delhi, July 2-4, 2011.

Alan Kaufman, North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) Senior Vice President of Technical Affairs and Dr. Vijay Malik of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) were among several speakers at the show who gave presentations to the nearly 100 exhibitors in attendance at the Pargati Maidan convention center.

In her presentation, Dr. Malik highlighted the impending changes to Indian toy regulations. To date, companies have been expected to comply – on a voluntary basis – with Indian Standard (IS) 9873, parts 1, 2, and 3, which mirror the corresponding sections of ISO 8124, the International Organization for Standardization’s family of standards on toy safety.

According to Dr. Malik, the most significant changes include:

1. Mandatory compliance: In response to a suit by two advocacy groups, the High Court at Mumbai has ordered the government to make toy regulation mandatory within two months with regard only to IS 9873-3, concerning heavy elements. It has also ordered the government to issue requirements for phthalates.

2. Phthalates requirements: The Bureau of Indian Standards has created requirements for phthalates by amending IS 9873-3; this means that the standard no longer mirrors ISO 8124-3, and an ISO report will no longer be adequate for demonstration of compliance with the Indian standard.

Toy Biz International drew 5,000 buyers and 10,000 visitors, according to the event webpage. Exhibitors at the “Edutainment”-themed show included Indian companies that import or manufacture locally as licensees and local manufacturers that produce basic play products. The TAI is a 600-member trade association accredited by the government of India.

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