On April 15, 2022, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation released a recommended national standard called “Children’s Watches” (GB/T 41411-2022). It will come into effect on Nov. 1, 2022. The standard will apply to quartz watches and smartwatches for children. It has supposedly been developed to standardize the design of children’s smartwatches, which are increasingly popular nowadays.
The national standard sets limits on the amount of some leachable substances, including lead, cadmium and mercury, as well as some plasticizers, namely dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), to ensure the safety of children who use these kinds of watches. It also sets out requirements for the safety of personal information handled by smartwatches.