CPSC and Health Canada Confirm Initiative to Align Toy Safety Requirements

December 7, 2012 | The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) recently issued separate statements reaffirming their intent to work cooperatively to align toy safety standards through both agencies’ participation on the ASTM F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety. The subcommittee regularly reviews and updates the ASTM F963 Toy Safety Standard, which plays a significant role in helping to determine the mandatory toy safety regulations and requirements enforced in both the U.S. and Canada.

According to the CPSC, the goal of the collaborative effort is to “maximize the potential for aligned positions […] as the ASTM standard is revised, thus increasing the likelihood of not only aligned approaches in the two jurisdictions, but also increased safety benefits for consumers.”  [View the complete statements on the CPSC and HC websites].

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Canadian Toy Association (CTA) have long encouraged the agencies to work towards standards harmonization and believe that the commitment to cooperate represents another step towards standards alignment between the U.S. and Canada and both countries’ commitment to improving toy safety.

“We commend the CPSC and their counterparts at Health Canada for taking these additional positive steps to collaborate specifically on toy standards alignment through the existing ASTM International consensus process and the ASTM F963 toy safety standard,” said Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and government affairs and chair of the ASTM subcommittee on toy safety.  

These statements reflect activities following an executive order signed by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in February 2011 to create the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses through regulatory transparency and coordination.

TIA will keep members apprised of any further developments.

The F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety continuously works on the toy safety standard to identify areas for potential revision; those interested in participation in the review process may visit the ASTM website for information on membership.