QCI Survey: More than 67% of toys fail to meet the standards
The Quality Council of India (QCI) recently released its survey on imported toys. According to the report, 66.9% of the toys failed the test.
The QCI conducted the testing on toys that were available in the Delhi markets and in the National Capital Region. Around 121 varieties were procured and submitted to NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and calibration Laboratories).
Of the tested varieties, 30% of the plastic toys failed to meet the tests of permissible level of phthalate, heavy metals, etc. Around 80% of the toys failed to meet the physical and mechanical safety properties.
In the soft toys, 45% failed on phthalate test and 75% failed on tests conducted on mechanical properties.
Of the toys sold in Delhi markets, 85% are from China, followed by Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Germany.
Quality Council of India
The QCI was set up in 1997 to establish and promote quality standards across social and economic sectors. The services offered by QCI include quality assessment, accreditation services, quality promotion, etc. It is associated with CII (Confederation of India Industry), ASSOCHAM (where PM Modi addressed its 100th year celebrations).
The Council is governed by 38-members. The chairperson of the council is appointed by the PM of India. It functions through 5 main accreditation boards namely NABCB (National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies), NABET (National Accreditation Board for Education and Training), NBQP (National Board for Quality Promotion), NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) and NABL.
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