EU rule changes will not hit HK firms

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 January, 1998, 12:00am

Revisions to laws regarding the safety standards of toys sold in European Union countries will have little effect on the Hong Kong toy manufacturing sector, according to a local industry official.

Under revisions to EN71, which dictates European toy safety standards, all toys will have to undergo a stringent torque test to make sure products cannot be pulled apart by children while another revision requires noise levels to be reduced.

A committee is currently finalising the revisions and it is expected the documents will be put into official European channels next month.

Member countries will then have six months to incorporate the document into their national law.

They will then have a two-year transitional period to meet the revisions by 2000.

Edmund Young, the president of the Hong Kong Toy Council and chairman of the Toy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said the noise revisions were the biggest concern for manufacturers as noise was the selling point of many toys.

He said the American Society for Testing and Materials had already introduced noise requirements and, if Europe used the same standards, there would not be any problems.