CPSC to Host Training Seminars for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals in Asia

November 27, 2017 | The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host three buyer training sessions this spring in Shanghai, China (March 13), Guangzhou, China (March 15), and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 20). Registration for these free sessions is open through February 28, 2018.

Staff from CPSC, The Toy Association, European Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and leading retailers will speak on a variety of topics to educate Chinese and Vietnamese buyers and sourcing professionals on important safety requirements in several major markets for toys, electronics, furniture, and textiles / apparel.

Speakers will discuss the challenges of buying safe products in the global supply chain and key requirements under various countries’ consumer product safety laws. The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, will provide an overview of U.S. toy safety standard ASTM F963.

“The Toy Association remains committed to educating buyers and suppliers about U.S. toy safety standards to assure the continued safety and compliance of toys intended for the U.S. market,” says Kaufman. “We are pleased to once again partner with global regulators and meet with on-the-ground buyers in these manufacturing hubs to promote global understanding of the requirements.”

Toy Association members are encouraged to circulate this information to their sourcing staff located in Asia, as well as to their manufacturing partners. Contact buyerstraining2018@cpsc.gov for more information or to register.