TIA Alerts Members of
Impending Effective Date for Chemical Requirements in Europe
April 5, 2013 | In a letter sent today, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) reminded
manufacturer members of the impending effective date for certain specific
chemical requirements contained within the revised European
Union Toy Safety Directive (TSD). The new chemical requirements will come
into force on July 20, 2013.
The July 2013 effective date is in addition to the TSD’s general
toy safety requirements that previously went into effect in July 2011.
“We recommend that all U.S.
toy companies selling in Europe begin working towards compliance now,” stated
TIA President Carter Keithley in the letter. “Experience has proven that
meeting the new requirements will be a lengthy and complex process, and it will
take considerable time to gather the needed information from suppliers.”
TIA anticipates that enforcement of the TSD requirements will likely
increase with the upcoming effective date. Members have been provided with a
summary of the new requirements, as well as sources of assistance to help
assure compliance. Requests for additional information may be directed to email@example.com.
reported, the TSD was officially implemented across each EU state in
January 2011, with the intention of strengthening the EU’s safety criteria for
all domestically produced and imported toys – defined as “products that are
designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children
under 14 years of age.”