The Toys Quality Control Order that came into effect from January last year made BIS certification mandatory for toys to prevent the sales of cheap quality goods in the country.
January 27, 2022
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Southern Regional Office (Chennai Branch Office-I) will conduct investigations in the city and neighbouring districts. As published in a news report – the investigations and raids are being carried through so as to confirm that only ISI-marked toys are manufactured and sold in the market.
The Toys Quality Control Order that came into effect from January last year made BIS certification mandatory for toys. This move was implemented to prevent the entry of cheap quality goods into the Indian toy market. Officials of the BIS have maintained that most toys, including electric and non-electric, such as dolls and slides, should carry ISI marks.
There are different Indian Standards formulated, including safety aspects related to physical and mechanical properties of toys like sharp edges, flammability, and transfer of toxic elements and test methods for finger paints. Besides domestic manufacturers, the order applied to imported toys and foreign manufacturers as well to obtain BIS certification for their products.
Though the certification was initially introduced in 2020, it came into effect only last year. Thus, this has provided the toy manufacturers, distributors/traders, and retailers with sufficient time to clear out old stock and manufacture the toy products certified with ISI-mark.