CPSCIn their remarks during the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) annual Toy Safety Update, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioners Ann Marie Buerkle and Marietta Robinson emphasized that easing unnecessary third-party testing burdens for toy manufacturers will be a priority focus for the agency during the coming year.

As previously reported by the TIA, Congress mandated that $1 million of the CPSC’s $123 million operating budget for this year be allocated to reducing needless and duplicative testing burdens. During the seminar, held in conjunction with North American International Toy Fair, the commissioners also pointed to standard harmonization, toy gun regulation, and recall efficacy as high priorities for the agency.

There was also safety-related news for North America, including coming changes to ASTM F963; updates on U.S. and Canadian toy regulation; and a port report on the joint initiative between CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Control.