TIA Visits China to Share U.S. Safety Standards; Meet with Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce

October 22, 2013 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) traveled to Shanghai, China last week to co-present an educational toy safety session for local manufacturers, and to hold an introductory meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Shanghai to discuss the benefits available to U.S. companies conducting business in the region.

On October 18th, the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ), and representatives of the U.S. toy industry presented a safety seminar at CIQ headquarters attended by 200 Chinese manufacturers and regulators. The session included reports of the most up-to-date U.S. toy safety standards, testing and conformance requirements to assist companies licensed to export toys and children’s products to the United States.

Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at TIA, presented a detailed explanation of ASTM F963-11, the U.S. specification for toy safety, as well as information about testing and certification requirements. Other seminar topics included safe toy design, age grading, and an introduction to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements delivered by representatives from Mattel, Inc. Due to the U.S. government shutdown, CPSC staff was unable to attend the seminar as originally planned; however, CPSC materials were shared with the audience. TIA has been involved in presenting safety seminars for Chinese manufacturers since 1996.

While in China, Kaufman and Ed Desmond, TIA EVP of external affairs, held an introductory meeting with AmCham Shanghai staff to learn about membership benefi

The meeting was held as part of the Association’s efforts to help members strengthen their business relationships and opportunities in foreign markets, as outlined in TIA’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.ts available to U.S. companies conducting business in the region. Discussions centered on the committee process AmCham Shanghai uses to involve its members, as well as the types of issues they address that might be of interest to TIA member companies – including manufacturing, sourcing and procurement, environment, market access and more.

“This was a very fruitful trip,” stated Desmond. “We are pleased to continue our commitment to helping local contacts in China build their awareness of U.S. toy safety standards, as well as to grow our resources for TIA members that are doing business in the region.”