Taiwan Formaldehyde Requirements
on Wooden Toys
The Bureau of Standards,
Metrology and Inspection of Taiwan (BSMI) has conducted a
market surveillance on wooden toys to protect children from
the hazards caused by the release of formaldehyde. According
to the Press Release of the Bureau, the standard CNS 1349
"Plywood" shall be applied for the demonstration
of compliance of standard CNS 4797 "Safety of Toys-General
requirements" (according to the mandatory standard, materials
used in toys shall not contain any hazardous substances) for
toys made of wood.
As confirmed by the Bureau,
the manufacture or sale of wooden toys with an average release
content of formaldehyde more than 1.5 mg/L is not allowed
Notes: Formaldehyde can
be toxic, allergenic, and carcinogenic. It has been classified
as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
has determined that there is "sufficient evidence"
that occupational exposure to formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal
cancer in humans.
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