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A Toxics-Free Future

Toxic Chemicals Standard Enacted for Children's Toys in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal: On behalf of entire children of Nepal, Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) would like to wholeheartedly thanks and welcome the Government of Nepal`s Child Friendly, Health and Environment friendly decision of enacting Toys Standard through publishing a gazette notification today ensuring the Right to Play Safe and Healthy of children, one third of total population of Nepal.

In exercising the power conferred by the Sub Article (3) of Article 7 of Environment Protection Act 1997 shall come into effect from 181 days from the date of publication of the notice by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) has set the Mandatory Standard limiting the maximum value of some 12 toxic elements and chemicals. Standard also includes broad definition of children toys, testing procedure and mechanism of certification in case of importing toys as well as
domestic toys from government accredited laboratories. This standard will take effects automatically after 181 days of date of publication of this gazette notice and limiting the maximum limit of the following chemicals in the Children Toys for all types of imported, produced, stored sold, distributed and used in toys in Nepal.

Read the entire release and get details about specific chemicals and maximum values here. This document also includes a summary of results from CEPHED`s Study of Heavy Metals in Children's Toys (2013).