India grants licenses to 661 toy manufacturers
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has granted licenses to 661 domestic toy manufacturers after determining that they comply with a 2020 quality control order that limits the use of certain heavy metals, phthalates, and flame retardants. Companies must apply to the standards bureau and allow its auditors to inspect manufacturing facilities and test product samples to obtain a license. If they are granted a license, they must then purchase a quality certification logo demonstrating that their products do not exceed the limits for restricted substances specified in Indian Standard (IS) 9873.
Licenses are valid for one year and can be renewed subject to additional inspections. Anyone found in violation of the Quality Control Order (QCO), which went into effect on January 1, 2021, faces up to two years in prison and a minimum fine of 200,000 Indian rupees ($2,627). According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution on April 6, 630 – or 95 percent – of the licenses granted were to small and medium-sized businesses.