Aquino Signs RA 10620 (Toy and Game Safety Labelling Act of 2013)

Heads up, mommies and daddies! Four months before Christmas, our president, Benigno Aquino III signed Aquino Republic Act No. 10620 known as ‘Toy and Game Safety Labelling Act of 2013.

As concerned adults, this would greatly support us in choosing only the safest toys for our children. Authored by Manuel Villar and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, this new law would “ensure the protection of children against possible health hazards by requiring special labelling of toys and games to prevent their release to the market,” according to Malacañang in a statement issued Friday.

“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.”

Under the law, failure of persons, who are responsible for the safety labelling and manufacturer’s markings, to comply with the provisions of the act will cost them a fine of ranging between P10,000 up to P50,000.

Every 6 months, the law tasked the Department of Health (DOH) to publish the list of all misbranded or banned hazardous substances to disallow the sale and distribution of toys ridden with toxic chemicals.

Please keep these new law in mind when we go out and buy toys for our kids. We can always consult or contact the Department of Trade and Industry to report any violation or for further questions.

What are your musings on this new law? 🙂

Read more about the Republic Act 10620.

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