Save the Date for TIA Webinar – Chemical Reporting: What Toy Companies Need to Know

June 24, 2013 | The Toy Industry Association will host an upcoming webinar to assist toy companies that must, by the end of the summer, comply with chemical reporting requirements under the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act and Environment Canada’s Domestic Substance List requirements.

Taking place on Thursday, July 25 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), Chemical Reporting: What Toy Companies Need to Know will feature a review of the laws and requirements for Washington State and Canada, as well as how to report the presence of chemicals to the appropriate agencies.  The webinar is open to all toy industry stakeholders and recommended for safety professionals, compliance officers, government affairs representatives, manufacturers and retailers, toy designers, as well as testing labs. This education session will be moderated by Alan Kaufman, TIA senior vice president of technical affairs and presented by Andy Hackman, TIA vice president of government affairs.

As TIA members have been previously advised,* toy companies that sell product in Washington State must comply with the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act, which specifies reporting requirements to the State’s Department of Ecology.  The third phase of the reporting rollout, which goes into effect on August 31, 2013, requires companies with between $100 million and $250 million in sales and that sell Tier 1 products in the State to report the presence of any of 66 suspected “chemicals of high concern” (CHCC) that may be found in their products, whether through the intended inclusion for a functional purpose or as a contaminant that appears as a result of an impurity, byproduct, residual intermediate or degradation product. Larger companies who have reported earlier will also have to report additional product tiers. The webinar will include a review of product tiers and company categories, the 66 listed chemicals and where they are used, and a definition and discussion of “contaminant” versus “intentional use.”

In addition, all companies that manufacture toys in or import them into Canada must report usage levels of certain chemicals to Environment Canada by September 4, 2013. The webinar will include an overview of the ~2,700 listed chemicals and a discussion of the less than 10% (about 250) that are likely to be in toys.

Registration for the webinar is free for TIA members and $49 for non-members. As with other TIA webinars, the session will be recorded and available post-event for those who are unable to participate live. 

Questions from members and industry stakeholders may be submitted in advance to TIA’s Jackie Retzer; to the extent possible, answers to these questions will be folded into the presentation.

*TIA has developed Member’s Only background guidance documents – reference 2012 Legislative Bulletins 01, 02 and 04 – to assist members in complying with Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act.