We are a start-up with plans to manufacture toys and stationery for young children.
We know that safety is an important issue that we will have to consider and we want to make sure that we comply with all the necessary regulations and get the right certifications to assure our customers that our products are safe for children to use.
Where can we turn to for more information on safety regulations?
The Consumer Protection (Consumer Goods Safety Requirements) Regulations (CGSR) seeks to protect consumers from unsafe general consumer goods such as toys, children's products, apparel, sports and recreation products, furniture, mattresses and bedding and DIY tools.
Spring Singapore has the power to stop the supply of consumer goods that do not meet applicable safety standards.
Spring is also able to direct suppliers to inform users of the potential dangers of such goods. The penalty for not complying is a fine and/or imprisonment.
Consumer goods covered by the CGSR have to meet applicable safety standards. The regulations bring the safety of our consumer goods in line with international standards published by bodies such as the International Organisation for Standardisation, the International Electrotechnical Commission, the European Committee for Standardisation and ASTM International (US).
For consumer goods for which these organisations do not have applicable standards, applicable regional or national standards may be accepted.
Some consumer goods are under the purview of other regulations or regulatory agencies in Singapore, and do not come under the CGSR.
These include food products and products containing food or beverages, cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and motor vehicles.
For more information about the CGSR, you can download the Consumer Protection (Consumer Goods Safety Requirements) Regulations Information Booklet on the Spring Singapore website.
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