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Safety Standards For Toothpicks, Toothbrushes And Other Products Are Proposed

Oct 12, 2020

In order to further improve product safety and quality, the National Standards Committee today publicly solicited opinions on the newly formulated "General Technical Requirements for the Safety of Toothbrush and Oral Appliances" mandatory national standards.

It is worth noting that in terms of children's products, the standard particularly strictly regulates children's toothbrush heads, children's electric toothbrush detachable parts and related product accessories, etc., and requires children's products to clearly indicate the applicable age range and be removable. Both trims and non-detachable trims should comply with relevant national standards.

According to the scope of application of the new standard, toothbrush products mainly include six types of adult toothbrushes, children's toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes, and antibacterial toothbrushes; daily oral cleaning and nursing appliances include tongue scrapers, dental floss, toothpicks, and infant molars.

In terms of general safety requirements, the standard stipulates the limit values of 6 plasticizers such as dibutyl phthalate, and the 6 plasticizers in accessible materials and parts of children's products shall not exceed the standard. The standard restricts the element content of soluble antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium or any soluble compound composed of these elements in toothbrushes and daily oral cleaning and nursing appliances. The standard requires that the product should not be bleached, the entrance part should not have non-functional sharp edges and burrs, and the shape of the non-entrance part should not cause harm to consumers.

In terms of special safety requirements, the standard puts forward clear safety requirements for the tuft tension, neck bending resistance and bristles of toothbrush products. The electrical safety requirements, chemical resistance, and firmness of the tufts and fixing devices of electric toothbrushes must comply with relevant regulations. The standard restricts the leaching amount of sulfur dioxide in wooden and bamboo toothpicks should not be greater than 600mg/kg to prevent excessive residual sulfur dioxide in toothpicks from harming the oral health of consumers. In addition, the standard also requires antibacterial toothbrush manufacturers to have a corresponding safety evaluation repor