In 1971 the Japan Toy Association (JTA) established the Japan Safety Toy Mark Program (ST Mark) to ensure the safety of toys for children 14 years of age and under. The ST Mark is based on three toy safety standards: ST Part 1 – Mechanical and physical properties ST Part 2 – Flammability ST Part
The Fourteenth edition of the SS-00259 for general use was released on the 1st of July 2015. The new edition will be enforced from the 1st of August . All the parts, materials, and other components that are procured by the Sony group, or by third parties need to satisfy the criteria specified in this standard.
On the 8th of April 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) officially released an amendment to the existing “Act on Control of Household Products Containing Harmful Substances”. Azo colorants are considered as harmful substances in this amendment, and can not used in household products. The amended will take effective on Apr.1, 2016.