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U.S. CPSC Now Accepting Comments on Third-Party Testing Costs

Last Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hosted a day-long public workshop to gather technical information and evidence that could help to reduce third party testing costs for manufacturers of toys and children’s products sold in the U.S.

Held at the CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Md., the workshop featured presentations of technical data by representatives of industry, consumer groups, and academic institutions. Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs for the Toy Industry Association (TIA), and Rebecca Mond, TIA director of federal government affairs, were both on-hand on behalf of the toy industry.

The technical data will assist the CPSC in determining which material types do not contain any of the six banned phthalates, lead, and/or heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, and therefore do not need to be routinely tested. [Read more...]

TIA Webinar on Chemical Management Strategy for Toys

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) invites toy industry stakeholders to participate in a webinar on January 17 titled Chemical Management Strategy for Toys. The webinar will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; it is open to all industry stakeholders and recommended for those who work on toy design, production, manufacturing, and quality. [Read more...]

Scrap Plastic Toys Needed for Plastics-To-Energy Pilot Project

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Environmental Sustainability Committee has approved TIA’s participation in a plastics-to-energy pilot project with Agilyx, an alternative energy company that uses patented technology to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into synthetic crude oil.

TIA is looking for 2,500 pounds of plastic toys of mixed types (including defective or scrap products or components). These plastics must be submitted by mid-January. [Read more...]