Revision of UL 172 – Sustainability Standard for Toys; Comment Period Open through Nov. 26

Preserving the Environment

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November 6, 2012 | UL Environment (ULE) is accepting public comments through November 26, 2012 regarding proposed revisions to UL 172 – Sustainability Standard for Toys. ULE’s goal is to release the finalized revision in February 2013; the intention of the standard is for it to be an “aspirational” or “leadership” standard that not every product will be able to meet.

ULE is actively seeking feedback from manufacturers, industry associations, environmental NGOs and other not-for-profit organizations, academics, scientific experts, government representatives, and purchasing professionals familiar with this product group.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has been providing input to ULE regarding the proposed standard and TIA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee will be submitting comments about the revisions on behalf of the toy industry.

“The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has been actively working with ULE in an effort to help craft a realistic and achievable standard, and encourages TIA members to participate in the public comment period by submitting their comments directly to UL,” said Alan Kaufman, TIA SVP for technical affairs.  

To participate in the TIA review please contact Alan Kaufman, TIA staff liaison for the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Toy industry stakeholders may also provide input directly via the UL Collaborative Standards Development System (CSDS) website; contact UL’s Valara Davis (919.549.0921) for sign-in credentials.