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Toys Sector update: BIS Toys Certification now to be enforced from January 1, 2021

In view of the ongoing pandemic, the Centre has announced to extend the time period given to the domestic toy manufacturers for compliance with new quality standards. Thus, according to the latest notification by DPIIT, the Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 will be executed from January next year instead of September 2020

September 18, 2020

The Centre has announced that the date of implementation of the quality control order for toys has been extended by four months, from September to now January 1, 2021, to give more time to the domestic toys industry to make the necessary changes amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India today issued notification, extending the date of implementation of Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 as January 1, 2021, in place of September 1, 2020,” as per an official release circulated on Wednesday.

The new order puts a strict standard requirement on the regulation of toys and materials for use in play by children. After the order is implemented, it will be mandatory for toy manufacturers and importers to obtain BIS certification before selling the toys in the Indian market. The manufacturers or importers will have to comply with the norms meant for the safety of toys related to mechanical and physical properties etc. as mentioned in the order. In addition, the toys shall bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau, as per Scheme-I of Schedule-II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

in view of challenges and impediments brought by the pandemic, this move will provide the domestic toymakers four months of extra time to make the required arrangements to be compliant with the given standards. While the policy will ensure that the quality of toys sold in the country meets the required standards and parameters, it is also likely to act as a check on the outpouring of imports from China.

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