CPSC Workshop to Collect Information that Will Help Reduce Redundant Third Party Testing Costs 

February 24, 2014 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will hold a workshop on April 3rd to collect additional information that will help the agency determine which material types will not need to be routinely tested for the six banned phthalates and/or heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The workshop is intended to aid the agency in its efforts to reduce redundant third party testing costs; the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will participate in the workshop and submit additional written comments on behalf of the toy industry. 

According to a Federal Register notice announcing the workshop, the CPSC is seeking information regarding worldwide production of materials used in children’s products (including current and past approaches), as well as cost-savings data and technical information on a variety of issues. 
Any TIA member that would like to participate in the workshop as either a speaker or attendee is encouraged to contact TIA’s Rebecca Mond and complete the CPSC’s online registration form. The deadline to register as a workshop presenter or panelist is March 13; the deadline to register as an attendee is March 27.
Written comments on the topics being considered are due to the CPSC by April 17; any company that wishes to have their individual comments folded into TIA’s submission should send them to Ms. Mond by April 4.
“This workshop is an important opportunity for TIA and the toy industry to continue to provide the CPSC with data and test results that support our position that certain materials found in toys are so unlikely to contain restricted materials that they should not require routine testing – although they must continue to comply with the relevant requirements,” stated Ed Desmond, TIA vice president of external affairs. 

Detailed information on this topic was circulated earlier today in a TIA Members-Only Legislative Bulletin. Members will be kept apprised of any developments.