As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), U.S. and Canadian regulators, standards development organizations, and toy industry representatives held discussions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 7 to discuss the possibility of unified U.S.-Canadian toy safety standards that would be acceptable for both countries to use in regulating toys. [Read more...]
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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety recently held meetings to discuss the development of global age determination guidelines for toys, based largely on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guidelines from 2002. The meetings, which were held in Tokyo, also discussed magnets, cords, impaction, phthalates, total concentration of certain elements, and the alignment of toy standards.
Technical experts from the U.S.—including representatives from toy manufacturers and importers, testing labs, and the Toy Industry Association (TIA)—and industry and product safety agencies from more than a dozen countries also attended the discussions.
ASTM International held its third annual meeting with ISO to share information and work for further alignment. Issues such as battery and magnet ingestion were discussed. A detailed report from the U.S delegation will be available for viewing on the TIA Website upon completion.
Representatives from the European Commission, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM International, and the private sector gathered in Washington, D.C., to hold discussions on toy safety legislation and standards in the EU and the U.S.
Speakers briefed Congressional staff regarding the contrasting regulatory frameworks and standards development practices in the EU and U.S. Participants learned more about the differences and similarities in toy regulations and standards in the U.S. and EU; the impact of differing and overlapping standards on transatlantic trade and safety; and the possibilities for standards alignment and/or mutual recognition of conformity.
CPSC will also host the third United States-European Union-China Trilateral Consumer Product Safety Summit at its headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Officials from the EC and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine will be in attendance at the summit, which will focus on how the three agencies can advance product safety via coordinated surveillance throughout the manufacturing and distribution chains. Government-only meetings will take place prior to the public session, which will be held June 29.
This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.
ASTM International has developed a new standard that the organization says will help quickly detect and quantify lead concentration in toys and other children’s products. The new standard, F2853, was developed by subcommittee F40.01 (Test Methods) as a part of ASTM International’s committee F40 on declarable substances in materials.
ASTM F2853 uses the energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy technique and the test described in the standard enables lead quantification separately for the substrate and paint level in a 5-minute measurement cycle. ASTM International is also inviting all interested parties to join the task group responsible for F2853 as it considers future revisions to the standard.