On July 23, 2020, the Standardization Administration and the State Administration for Market Regulation of China announced a revision of the mandatory national standard, the “General Safety Requirements for School Supplies”. The standard will come into force on February 1, 2022. Here is an overview:
Revision of the scope
- The scope of the standard has been changed from “school supplies used by minor students” to “school supplies used by students no older than 14 years old“.
- It has been clearly stipulated that school supplies designed for students over the age of 14 or for experts are out of its scope.
Revision of the limits on leachable elements (revised items only)
|Products||After the revision||Before the revision|
|Colored clay||Pigments for finger painting and plastic (modelling clay)|
The revised standard has added a provision that exempts school supply items from its application if less than 10 g of sample can be obtained from a test unit of a touchable printed/painted surface of an item.
Revision of the limits on toxic substances in correction fluids/tapes
|After the revision||Before the revision|
|Requirement||The combined content of the following chlorinated hydrocarbons must not exceed 10 mg/kg: dichloromethane, 1,1-dichloroethane, 1,2-dichloroethane, chloroform, trichloroethane, trichloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride.||Must not contain these substances.|
Addition of labelling provisions
The revised standard has added labelling provisions, including the one requiring products to state, “This product is suitable for students,” or “Designed for children of 6–14 years old.”
The original text and information of the standard can be viewed at this link (in Simplified Chinese):