TIAIn the wake of states and counties passing legislation banning the sale of certain children’s products, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is calling for a federal approach that would establish a consistent, nationwide approach to chemicals regulation that would preempt state laws.

Following the passage of chemical ban legislation in Albany County last year, other New York counties have followed suit to pass legislation that would ban the sale of children’s products containing certain chemicals. As reported by the TIA, on May 11, Westchester County passed similar legislation, and this past Tuesday, Suffolk County held a hearing on chemical ban legislation with a vote expected by the first week of June. Absent any federal action, TIA believes that proponents will continue to advocate for other counties to follow suit.

The TIA is urging toy industry members to join together at its 8th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In, where they can encourage members of Congress to reform the outdated federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The goal is to have a single federal law to address chemical use nationally through TSCA reform.

Free for all TIA members to attend, the TIA’s 8th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In is scheduled to take place on June 2 to 4. The event’s draft agenda, including speakers and session titles, is available online at the TIA website. Hotel reservations at the Grand Hyatt Washington may be made online or by calling (888) 421-1442, and mentioning the TIA. More information is available by contacting Rachel Derby, TIA’s director of governmental affairs, at (202) 459-0351.