PNoy signs Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill which seeks to protect children against toys considered hazardous.

The Chief Executive signed on September 3 the Republic Act No. 10620 known
as the “Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013.”

The Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3367 and House Bill
No. 6529, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives
on June 5, 2013.

The state shall ensure the protection of children against potential hazards
to their health and safety by requiring special labeling of toys and games.

The law requires the labeling of substances or mixture of substances which
are considered toxic, corrosive, irritant, a strong sensitizer, flammable
or combustible, or generates pressure through decomposition, heat or other
means.

Such substances are usually the cause of substantial injury or illness
among children who accidentally ingest toy parts.

Under the law, all toys and games locally or internationally manufactured
that are imported, donated, distributed and sold in the Philippines shall
comply with the appropriate provisions on safety labeling and
manufacturer’s markings found in the Philippine National Standards for the
safety of toys.

In the case of bulk sales of such product when unpacked, the cautionary
statement shall be displayed on the bin or container used for the retail
display of the product, and any vending machine from which the unpacked
product is dispensed and displayed, in English or Filipino or both written
in common language, in conspicuous and legible type in contrast by
typography, layout, or color with other printed matter on such package,
descriptive materials, bin, container and vending machine, and in the
manner consistent with the provisions of Republic Act No. 7394, otherwise
known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Any person who fails to comply with the appropriate provisions on safety
labeling and manufacturer’s markings faces a fine of not less than P10,000
but not more than P50,000 or a jail term of not less than three months but
not more than 2 years, or both , at the discretion of the court.

Under the law, toys that are not properly labeled shall be confiscated and
forfeited in favor of the government and shall be disposed of by the Bureau
of Customs.

The Department of Health (DOH) is mandated to publish every six months, the
list of all misbranded or banned hazardous substances the sale, offer for
sale and distribution of which shall not be allowed under this Act.

The Department of Trade, in consultation with the DOH, shall promulgate the
rules and regulations for the implementation of the Act.

The DTI and the DOH shall include in their respective annual budget the
amount necessary for the implementation of this Act.

The Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in at least two
newspapers of general circulation. PND

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