Philippines had recently passed Republic Act no. 10620, otherwise known as “An Act Providing for Toy and Game Safety Labeling, Appropriating Funds Therefor”. It was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last June 5, 2013 and approved on September 3, 2013 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
The law makes it unlawful for toys and games locally or internationally manufactured without safety labeling and manufacturer‘s markings found in the Philippines National Standards. It requires safety labeling for children’s toys only. In other words, the parents’ toys are exempted from the coverage of the law.
Balloons, balls, marbles, or toys or games not compliant to packaging requirements are considered misbranded or banned hazardous substance under the law. They shall be withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer or importer and shall not be allowed for distribution, selling and offering to sell until the requirements of the law are complied.
If violation is committed, the subject toys or game shall be confiscated and forfeited in favor of the government and disposed in accordance with pertinent laws and regulation. Provided, that samples will be retained for evidentiary purposes.Department of Trade and Industry and the DOH are obliged to promulgate the rules and regulations for the implementation of the Act.
Violation of the law carries with it the penalty of fine from Php10,000 to Php50, 000 or imprisonment of not less than 3 months but not more than 2 years, or both, at the discretion of the court.
Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and importers of marbles, small balls or latex balloons, or other small parts are required to report to Department of Health (DOH) any choking incidents of the said toys by children. They are given a one (1) year grace period to comply with the new requirements after the effectivity of the new law on toys.