Review of mandatory safety standards for children's toys

Closed 9 Apr 2017

Opened 1 Feb 2017

Overview

The ACCC invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation document on the review of five mandatory safety standards for children's toys. The issues in this paper have been briefly summarised below, please refer to the document for further details.

The ACCC prefers submissions to be provided via the ACCC consultation hub.

Alternatively, interested parties can email submissions to productsafety.regulation@accc.gov.au

Submissions can also be made via post to:

Director
Standards & Policy
Consumer Product Safety Branch
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
GPO Box 3131
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Submissions will be published on the ACCC website at the end of the consultation period.

Please note any information that you believe to be of a confidential nature should be clearly marked or identified as confidential. The ACCC will not disclose the confidential information to third parties, other than advisors or consultants engaged directly by the ACCC, without first providing you with notice of its intention to do so, such as where it is compelled to do so by law.

 

Why We Are Consulting

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reviewing the mandatory safety standards for children's toys because:

  • we want to see if the mandatory safety standards are still effective in addressing the safety hazards
  • the mandatory safety standards reference parts of outdated voluntary Australian standards and may not be capturing improved knowledge around safety requirements
  • we are considering trusted international standards as ways for suppliers to demonstrate compliance
  • we are considering safety principles rather than prescriptive requirements.

This consultation paper considers the following policy options:

Option1      

Retain the current mandatory safety standards

Option 2

Adopt parts of the updated voluntary Australian standards

Option 3

Allow compliance with the voluntary Australian or trusted international standards

Option 3a

Principles-based mandatory safety standard

Option 4

Revoke the mandatory safety standards

A detailed discussion of the options, including a cost/benefit analysis using the regulation impact framework is in the consultation document.

Your submission to this consultation will help us refine the estimated costs, benefits and safety outcomes for each option, and to recommend the most appropriate option to the Minister.

Audiences

  • All consumers
  • All business
  • Education providers
  • Government agencies
  • Consumer groups
  • Government
  • Small business
  • Competition agencies

Interests

  • Product Safety
  • Consumer issues
  • Competition issues
  • Small business issues