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BSMI announces pencil inspection results BSMI, MOEA May 9, 2018
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2018-10-02 15:45
Preschool children and school children often use pencils to help them learn. To attract children's attention, most pencil barrels are painted with cute designs. In the case of color pencils, the leads are even painted or dyed with color. However, when children chew on poor quality pencils, the risk of consuming hazardous substances arises. To ensure the quality and safety of pencils sold on the market, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) randomly purchased 10 pencils and 6 color pencils from book stores and retail chains in January 2018 to conduct an inspection. Of the 16 items sampled, all have passed the quality tests but 9 failed the Chinese labeling requirements.

Inspection standards
The BSMI said the inspection standards are as follows
1)Two tests on hazardous substances (atimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium) in pencil barrel and lead are based on CNS 552 "Pencils, coloured pencils and leads for them".
2)Chinese labeling is based on "Labeling Criteria for Stationery Goods".

nspection results
The inspection results of the sample items are as follows.
1)Quality test: All passed
2)Chinese labeling: Of the nine items (number 2, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16) that failed the standard, six (number 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16) did not have correct Chinese commodity name and eight (number 2, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16) did not offer complete information about the manufacturer.

Follow-up procedures
The BSMI said that pencils are not under the scope of commodities that must under inspection before being marketed. Regarding items that failed the Chinese labeling inspection, the Central Office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has been informed to deal with the matter according to the Commodity Labeling Act.

Precautions when purchasing pencils
The BSMI said that manufacturers are responsible for product safety and correctness of labels. Consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing pencils.

1)Consumers are advised to purchase items that come with a label containing clear information including the commodity name and the name and telephone of the manufacturer. Should the pencil be imported, the name of the importer, its telephone, the name of the manufacturer, its address and country of manufacture should be provided.
2)Necessary information should be fixed on or printed on labels or tags attached to the body or the smallest unit of packaging.
3)Parents should stop their children from biting on pencils to prevent the consumption of hazardous substances and the danger of accidental insertion into the throat.

The BSMI reminds consumers that more knowledge you have about the products you are buying means more safety. For more information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety Internet at or call the toll free number of 0800-007123.

Agency in charge: Inspections Administrative Division
Contact person: Mr. June-Chieh Lai
Telephone: +886-2-23431767
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