BIS For Toys

Toys, Tested and Trusted: Ensuring Child Safety through Indian Standards on Toys

Parents around the globe share a common concern when it comes to choosing toys for their children – safety. The potential hazards associated with toys, ranging from choking risks to exposure to harmful chemicals, underscore the importance of stringent safety regulations.

Development of Indian Standards

Aligned with international benchmarks set by organizations like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), BIS has developed comprehensive guidelines covering various aspects of toy safety. These standards encompass requirements related to physical attributes, chemical composition, and electrical components of toys, aimed at mitigating risks associated with toy-related injuries and health hazards.

Toys Quality Control Order (QCO)

The regulatory framework for toy safety received a significant boost with the introduction of the Toys Quality Control Order (QCO) in 2020 by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. This mandate makes it obligatory for children's toys to adhere to seven specific Indian Standards for safety and display of the ISI Mark, signifying compliance with BIS regulations. Effective since January 1, 2021, the QCO prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, or distribution of toys lacking conformity to Indian Standards and the ISI Mark.
Sl. No. Indian Standard Title
IS 9873 (Part 1):2019
Safety of Toys Part 1 Safety Aspects Related to Mechanical and Physical Properties
IS 9873 (Part 2): 2017
Safety of Toys Part 2 Flammability
IS 9873 (Part 3): 2020
Safety of Toys Part 3 Migration of Certain Elements
IS 9873 (Part 7): 2017
Safety of Toys Part 7 Requirements and Test Methods for Finger Paints
IS 9873 (Part 9): 2017
Safety of Toys Part 9 Certain Phthalates Esters in Toys and Children’s Products
IS 15644: 2006
Safety of Electric Toys

Compliance and Enforcement

Manufacturers operating under BIS licenses are subjected to rigorous testing and inspection protocols to ensure compliance with safety standards. BIS conducts regular surveillance activities, encompassing both factory audits and market inspections, to monitor compliance. Through these efforts, BIS aims to maintain the integrity of the ISI Mark and uphold the safety standards set forth in the Indian Standards for toys. Over the years, BIS has tested numerous toy samples obtained from manufacturing units and retail markets, with the majority meeting Indian Standards.

Mandatory BIS Toy Certification: Who Needs It?

Every toy manufacturer, whether domestic or foreign catering to children below the age of 14 is obligated to obtain the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) toy certification, whether electric or mechanical, it must bear the ISI mark if it is to be sold in the Indian market.


In conclusion, the Toys Quality Control Order (QCO) and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) play a crucial role in protecting children's interests by ensuring the safety of toys in the market. With proactive enforcement and collaboration with the toy industry, BIS strives to foster a safe environment for producing and selling toys. This provides parents with the confidence they need when buying toys for their children. As a result, kids can play freely with toys bearing the ISI Mark, knowing they meet strict safety standards set by BIS.

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