On 4 October 2016, Turkey’s Ministry of Custom and Trade (The Ministry) has issued the New Toy Safety Regulation number 298471 (The Regulation) in the Official Gazette. The Regulation repeals the existing ones published in 20132 and will become effective on 4 April 2017.
The Regulation is largely in line with the European Toy Directive 2009/48/EC3 to enhance the toy safety in the country. It is enforced by the Ministry to ensure unsafe toys are immediately withdrawn and destroyed from the market where necessary.
Key updates of the Regulation are highlighted in the following:
Principles for EC conformity declarations (DoC)
Obligations for economic operators
Definition of new safety requirements for toys including chemical, physical and mechanical, flammable and electrical properties
Requirements for warning labels
Procedures and principles for using the “CE” Marking
Presumption of conformity by using European (EN) harmonised standards
Toys imported from non-EU member countries will be inspected under control procedures of European Union Foreign Trade Technical Regulations and Standardization Regime Decisions. If any non-compliance found on these toys, Turkey’s Ministry of Economy will also inform and share the product information with EU member states for necessary measures.