TIA Presents Important Toy Safety Information to Chinese Manufacturers

November 29, 2011 | Representatives from the Toy Industry Association (TIA) presented a practical understanding of U.S. toy safety requirements for Chinese manufacturers at Toy Safety Training sessions held in Hong Kong on November 14th and in Dongguan, China on November 16th.

Presenters in addition to TIA included the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission (EC), the General Administration of Quality Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ), and the Hong Kong Toys Council. The Toy Safety Training was designed to give guidance to toy manufacturers in the region on both the European Union’s revised Toy Safety Directive and U.S. toy safety requirements, including recent CPSC-proposed testing and certification regulations under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Managers and staff of local factories producing toys and children’s products for the U.S. and European markets heard from representatives of the Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), as well as TIA’s Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs, Al Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, and Rebecca Mond, director of federal government affairs.

“TIA’s presentation focused on providing attendees with specific, practical information regarding the important elements of safe toy design and manufacturing, as well as guidelines for creating a toy safety testing program to ensure compliance with all U.S. laws,” said Kaufman.

It has been a longstanding priority of TIA’s to educate Chinese factories on U.S. standards, testing and conformance requirements. As previously reported in Toy News Tuesday, from 1996 through 2007, TIA hosted eleven (11) toy safety conferences in China.  These events were attended by more than 3,000 Chinese factory employees representing approximately 1,500 factories producing toys for the U.S. market.  The annual conferences garnered broad support and cooperation from both the U.S. CPSC and the Chinese government and have been frequently modeled by other industry sectors.