A number of advocacy groups representing manufacturers and sellers throughout the toy industry favor a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court against Albany County. The lawsuit, filed by the Safe to Play Coalition, alleges that by passing Albany County Local Law No. J, the county acted with gross disregard of extensive federal laws regulating the safety of toys and children’s products.
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) have entered into an information-sharing partnership to better provide safety and product information to their respective customer pools.
As of September 7, the organizations are working together to “provide trusted and timely information on a wider variety of topics to families with kids of all ages,” according to Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and regulatory affairs.
All Baby and Child Corporation (ABC), creators of the ABC Kids Expo, and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the industry trade association dedicated to the safe selection and use of juvenile products, will remain independent and will not merge. However, the two non-profit trade organizations will continue their collaborative relationship, which has strengthened over the past two years. As part of this evolving relationship, the two organizations will continue to evaluate the ever-changing needs of the juvenile industry and how to best support all industry stakeholders.
ABC remains committed to ongoing funding of key industry strategic initiatives at least through March 2015, including the enhancement of more frequent communications to all industry stakeholders to increase consumer confidence in the juvenile products industry. Since discussions began early last year, the formation of a vibrant specialty retail trade group, Brixy, was launched and continues to be funded by ABC.
Additionally, JPMA achieved an important industry goal by establishing an office in Washington, D.C. to increase the effectiveness of advocacy efforts at federal and state levels in the best interests of manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. Ongoing initiatives included in the funding agreement include increasing the scope and effectiveness of safety standards, the JPMA Certification Program, and the value of membership with JPMA.
JPMA and ABC have had a collaborative relationship for many years and will continue to work hand-in-hand on a number of different industry matters. While the merger discussions will not continue, the ongoing evolution of the working relationship will remain in order to best support the manufacturer and retail communities.