Holiday of Play 2015

WIT Gathers Resources for Upcoming Empowerment Day Panels

WIT.logoWomen in Toys (WIT) has gathered business executives, celebrities, government officials, and more for the panel slate of its upcoming WIT Empowerment Day. Scheduled to take place on October 5 at the Dallas Market Center, WIT Empowerment Day will provide opportunities to meet with panelists, as well as more than a dozen hand-selected expert industry mentors, who can offer advice on how to grow businesses and get concepts to market. The event is free to WIT members.

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CPSC Approves E-Filing Pilot Program for Imported Products

CPSCAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a pilot program last week that will require participating importers to electronically file five data elements for imported consumer products, in order to help the agency more accurately target noncompliant and unsafe consumer products before they are imported. CPSC is currently seeking volunteer participants.

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TIA Calls for Further Third-Party Testing Reduction, Following CPSC Exemption for Unfinished Trunk Wood

TIAAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule exempting unfinished and untreated trunk wood from third party testing for the eight heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963-11 toy safety standard. The rule is slated to come into effect on September 15.

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CPSC to Host Webinar on Toy Safety Requirements in the U.S. and Canada

CPSCThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host an upcoming business training webinar to provide toy manufacturers, importers, and sellers with requirement updates for manufacturing safe and compliant toys in the U.S. and Canada. The webinar will take place on June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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Bunnies by the Bay Recalls Pull Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Bud-pull-toy_largeAs reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bunnies by the Bay has recalled Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys, due to hub caps on the wheels that can break or come off, posing a choking hazard for young children.

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New York Lawmakers Try Again to Pass Toxic Toy Bill

On Monday, Republican Senator Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright of New York said they would reintroduce legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children’s toys. The measure, which failed to pass the state Senate last year, would require manufacturers to phase out the use of benzene, mercury, cadmium, and cobalt. [Read more...]

TIA Analysis Challenges PIRG’s Trouble in Toyland Reports

Toy_Industry_Association_Inc_logoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) recently conducted an in-depth review of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Trouble in Toyland reports issued between 2008 and 2013. The TIA’s analysis found that PIRG’s reports were based on improper testing methods that are not approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and fail to support PIRG’s allegations that the identified toys present any danger to children at play.

Under federal legislation passed in 2008, toys sold at retail must be tested by a CPSC-accredited third-party testing lab, in order to prove compliance with more than 100 safety standard requirements. TIA’s examination, however, found that U.S. PIRG’s toy hazard claims and testing procedures over the past six years were not approved by the CPSC, and did not follow the same procedures that toy companies are required to follow by law.

Chiefly, none of the alleged safety issues named in PIRG’s reports were based on testing conducted by a CPSC-accredited lab; and out of the 88 products identified in PIRG’s Trouble in Toyland reports over the last six years, the CPSC has not recalled any toys as a result of PIRG’s allegations. In addition, 20 percent of the products named in PIRG’s reports between 2008 and 2013 are not classified as toys, and therefore are not governed by the same safety standards as children’s toys.

A copy of the complete TIA analysis of the 2008 to 2013 reports is available at the TIA website.

CPSC to Hold Briefing on Proposed Phthalate Rule Change on December 5

CPSCThe U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will hold a briefing on a proposed rule change that would prohibit the use of certain phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the briefing, which will be held on December 5, comes after the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) released a final report this past July, which detailed the potential health effects of phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Following the report, the CPSC had 180 days to propose a regulation change.

The CPSC proposal would expand the interim ban of DINP to a permanent ban in quantities greater than 0.1 percent in all children’s toys and childcare articles. It also calls for a continuation of the current permanent ban of DEHP, DBP, and BBP above 0.1 percent in all accessible toy and child care article components. The proposal would also lift existing interim prohibitions on DIDP and DnO.

A decision will be made whether to adopt the CHAP’s recommendations during a CPSC meeting scheduled for December 17. Any questions may be directed to Alan Kaufman, TIA senior vice president of technical affairs, at (646) 520-4868.

XOS to Sponsor Free CPSIA Compliance Webinar

XOS will sponsor a free webinar on November 11 to address how the promotional products industry is impacted by current and upcoming compliance testing requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The hour-long presentation will provide an updated overview of new and proposed Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations and requirements pertaining to the testing and certification of children’s and other products. It will also offer an overview of recent state regulatory developments and concrete information about the areas of highest regulatory risk for makers and sellers of all consumer products.

Specific topics will include strategies to avoid administrative costs and compliance risks; the latest intelligence regarding new CPSC commissioners and agency penalty policies, port enforcement, and field investigation activities; information on CPSC’s approval of HDXRF for lead testing in children’s products as well as lead certification testing of surface coatings; and more.

Quin Dodd, product safety law attorney and former Chief of Staff for the CPSC, will be a featured speaker. His talk will be followed by a brief description of HDXRF technology presented by XOS Director of Sales, Satbir Nayar. Registration is required for this free event.

Toy Safety Training Programs for Chinese Manufacturers Scheduled for November

Toy_Industry_Association_Inc_logoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) will present two Toy Safety Training Programs for Chinese manufacturers this fall. TIA has partnered with Mattel in planning these events and Mattel will provide on-site logistical support. The programs will include up-to-date reviews of U.S. toy safety standards, testing, and conformance requirements to assist local manufacturers licensed to experts toys and children’s products. The programs will take place in Hong Kong on November 17 and Shenzhen on November 18.

The session in Hong Kong will be co-presented by the TIA, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Hong Kong Toys Council. Speakers will be from Mattel and The Federation of Hong Kong Industries. The Shenzhen session held on the following day will be co-presented by the TIA, the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, and the CPSC. Speakers will be from Mattel and the China Toy and Juvenile Products Association. [Read more...]