TIA to Host Two Toy Safety Training Sessions for Chinese Manufacturers; Members Encouraged to Promote Participation by Local Contacts

July 17, 2012 | In early August, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will host two toy safety training sessions for the managers and staff of local Chinese manufacturers producing toys and children’s products for the U.S. marketplace.  Taking place on August 1, 2012 in Dongguan and on August 3, 2012 in Shenzhen, China, the sessions emphasize TIA’s commitment to safety awareness, education and compliance throughout the supply chain. 

Interested participants may request additional registration details by sending a message to safety@toyassociation.org. There is no fee to participate. 

Each session will focus on key toy safety information and U.S. compliance requirements, including: 

  • U.S. toy safety standards and regulations, including recent legislative changes and their impact on Chinese manufacturers and suppliers;
  • The role of the CPSC as the lead U.S. government body responsible for monitoring and enforcing toy safety in the U.S.;
  • New toy safety testing and certification requirements (e.g.: new requirements for lead and heavy metals) and import surveillance initiatives in the U.S.;
  • Necessary elements of a factory quality program;
  • Emerging issues and hazards and how they are being addressed; and
  • Ensuring material safety and reporting.

TIA’s Al Kaufman, SVP of Technical Affairs, and Rebecca Mond, Director of Federal Government Affairs, will present a practical understanding of U.S. toy safety requirements. 

Joining TIA staff as presenters will be a panel of U.S. and Chinese experts including Neal Cohen, Small Business Ombudsman, Office of Education and Outreach at the U.S. CPSC; Liang Mei of the China Toy & Juvenile Products Association;  and Vincent Tam, Director of Systems and Compliance at Jetta Company Limited.  The speakers will be joined by Marty Cahill, VP of Quality Assurance and Compliance for Hasbro (in Shenzhen only) and Wonder Wong, QA Engineering Director for Hasbro (in Dongguan only).

During an eleven-year span from 1996 to 2007, the annual safety conferences TIA hosted in China were attended by more than 3,000 local employees representing approximately 1,500 Chinese factories producing toys for the U.S. market.  More recently, TIA helped facilitate two educational sessions for local factories in Hong Kong and Dongguan, China, in November 2011. 

“It has been a longstanding priority of TIA’s to educate Chinese factories on U.S. standards, testing and conformance requirements,” said Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and government affairs.  “These new sessions scheduled for early August will help to assure that everyone involved in the toy supply chain is working with the most up-to-date information.”

The training sessions are being organized by TIA with support from the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of PRC (AQSIQ) and the China Toy Industrial Association (CTJPA), and in cooperation with the U.S. CPSC, Guangdong Dongguan and Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of PRC, the Shenzhen Toys Industry Association (SZTIA) and the Shenzhen Import-Export Quarantine Association (SZIQA).

For registration information for the upcoming Dongguan and/or Shenzhen seminars, please contact safety@toyassociation.org.