On 1 April 2017, Turkey’s Ministry of Custom and Trade (The Ministry) has amended1 the recently adopted Regulation on toy safety. Turkish Toy Regulation number 298472 was announced in October 2016 and has been in effect since 4 April this year.
The Regulation is largely in line with the European Toy Directive 2009/48/EC to enhance toy safety and is enforced by the Ministry to ensure unsafe toys are immediately withdrawn and destroyed from the market where necessary.
The amendments to the Regulation are highlighted as follows:
permission to use nickel in toy or toy components which are made of stainless steel and are intended to conduct electric current;
recognition on both European Standards and the corresponding harmonised Turkish Standards for presumption of conformity with the Regulation;
inclusion of certain carcinogenic, mutagenic, reproductive toxic (CMR) substances in toys intended for children under 36 months or other toys intended to be placed in the mouth. See Table A for specific limit values and effective dates.
Table A: New restrictions published under Part C to Annex II of the Turkish Toy Regulation