New Toy and Game Safety Labeling Regulation in the Philippines
The Philippine Toys and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10620) (1) was approved on 3 September 2013. The Republic Act No. 10620 is a consolidation of the Senate Bill No. 3367 and the House Bill No. 6529 that was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on 5 June 2013.
The act aims at ensuring the protection of children against potential hazards to their health and safety. The act requires that consumer products for children are marked with or accompanied by clear safety warnings.
Philippines National Standards for Toy Safety
All toys and games that are locally manufactured, imported, donated, distributed, and sold in the Philippines have to comply with the safety labeling and manufacturer's marking requirements. The requirements are listed in the Philippine National Standards for the safety of toys.
Under this law cautionary statements in English or Filipino must be displayed. Cautionary statements must appear on the principal display panel of the product’s package, the packaging or any instruction material. In case of bulk sale: bins, containers for retail display or vending machines from which the unpacked toy or game is dispensed, shall bear the cautionary statements in English or Filipino. The statement must be written in common language in a conspicuous and legible way taking into account aspects like the contrast of typography against its background, layout or color. The labeling must comply with the provisions of Republic Act No. 7394, otherwise known as the “Consumer Act of the Philippines”.
Labeling Requirements of Toys and Games Containing Hazardous Substances
Any marble, latex balloon, small ball or toy/ game that contains a marble, latex balloon, small ball or other small parts with packaging not in compliance with the requirements of this Act shall be considered as misbranded or banned as it may contain hazardous substances. It shall be withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer or importer and shall not be allowed to be distributed, sold or offered for sale in the Philippines until brought into compliance with the requirements of this Act.
Transitional period: Manufacturers, retailers, distributors and importers are given a one (1) year transitional period to comply with these requirements from the time that this Act comes into force. This Act comes into force fifteen (15) days after its publication.
(1) Republic Act No. 10620
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