TIA Participates in Standards Event in Indonesia

June 25, 2013 | As part of continuing efforts to promote the alignment of toy standards around the globe, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) participated in a workshop entitled “Good Regulatory Practice: Shared Experiences of the United States and Indonesia” held on June 20-21, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. TIA took advantage of this opportunity, as well as related bilateral meetings between U.S. and Indonesian officials, to explain how Indonesia's newly adopted toy regulation deviates from international best practices and fails to advance safety interests.

“This was a good opportunity for TIA to pitch in on the front line as we join member countries in working to prevent foreign toy regulations from becoming unreasonable barriers to trade," said TIA President Carter Keithley.

Organized by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN) with assistance from the Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia (SEADI), a USAID program, the workshop included presentations from public and private sector representatives in the U.S. and Indonesia, who shared information on effective regulatory practices developed by international and regional organizations and discussed opportunities for future cooperation, such as capacity building to improve interagency processes for notification; exploring the establishment of a single gazette or website for regulations; capacity building for e-rulemaking; and undertaking regulatory impact assessments.

A presentation delivered by TIA’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, focused on the benefits of standards alignment, such as reduced testing and production costs and greater product safety, and covered the strengths of the ASTM F963 toy safety standard in the U.S. and key accomplishments of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) toy safety initiative, a group formed to improve the alignment of international toy safety standards while reducing technical barriers to trade.

In addition to TIA, the event was attended by representatives from the USTR, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   Attendees from Indonesia also included a mix of public and private sector organizations such as BSN, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Bappenas (the Ministry of National Development Planning), KADIN (the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce), and APINDO (the Indonesian Employers Association).

The workshop marked the first programming conducted for Indonesia as part of the WTO Standards Alliance Program, launched by USTR and USAID in November 2012 to build capacity among developing countries in order to improve the implementation of the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and USAID recently agreed to collaborate on a new, multi-year public-private partnership to assist developing countries in implementing their commitments under the TBT.