TIA Seeks Urgent Input from Members on Proposed Health Canada Lead Limits for Toys

October 1, 2013 | Health Canada might expand its requirement limiting total lead content in toys sold or imported to Canada. Currently, the 90 parts per million (ppm) lead limit is applicable to toys produced for children age three and under; the expanded requirement would apply to toys produced for children up to 14 years of age.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has issued a short survey to learn how this potential requirement might impact the business operations of TIA members. The survey asks if the proposed lead content limit would have no impact on their companies (and why); would increase testing costs (and by how much on an annual basis); force them to stop selling toys in Canada; or reduce the number of toys that they sell in Canada.

“As the U.S. toy industry continues to expand to international markets, we are closely monitoring how regulatory and legislative matters beyond U.S. borders will impact TIA members,” explained Rebecca Mond, TIA director of federal government affairs.  “In doing so, we are able to advocate more effectively on behalf of our constituents.”

The survey is available online; responses are due by Monday, October 7. Any questions may be directed to TIA’s Rebecca Mond (202.459.0352). TIA will continue to track this issue and will keep members apprised of any developments.