Chemical Reporting: What Toy Companies Need to Know


The webinar assisted toy companies who must, by the end of the summer, comply with chemical reporting requirements under the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act and Environment Canada’s Domestic Substance List requirements.   

Recommended Audience:

All toy industry stakeholders; recommended for safety professionals, compliance officers, government affairs representatives, manufacturers, retailers, and toy designers, as well as testing labs.

What You Will Learn:

This webinar reviewed reporting requirements of the Washington State Children’s Safe Product Act, including product tiers and company categories, the 66 listed chemicals and where they are used, and a definition and discussion of “contaminant” versus “intentional use.”  It also includes an overview of new Canadian requirements that become effective September 4, 2013, and dictate that companies that manufacture or sell toys in Canada must report the presence of certain chemicals in their products.

Additional Information

  • In Washington, the third phase of a reporting rollout to the state’s Department of Ecology goes into effect on August 31, 2013.  At that time, companies that sell between $100 million and $250 million of Tier 1 products in the state are required to report the presence of any of the 66 suspected “chemicals of high concern” (CHCC) that may be found in their products.  Reporting is required regardless of whether the substance inclusion was intended for a functional purpose or appeared as a contaminant as a result of an impurity, byproduct, residual intermediate or degradation product.  

    Larger companies that are already reporting on Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 products will now also have to report additional product tiers. 

  • In Canada, effective September 4, 2013, all companies that manufacture in or import into the country must report to Environment Canada regardless of whether their products include any of the ~2,700 listed chemicals at thresholds exceeding either 100kg or 1000kg (depending on the specific substance).  However, less than 10% (252) of these substances have been identified as likely to be found in toys.

Additional Resources

TIA has developed Member’s Only guidance documents to assist members in complying with the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act. [Reference 2012 Legislative Bulletins 01, 02 and 04]

Background documents on the Canadian requirements will identify how and where the subset of 252 identified substances are likely being used in toys; these guidance documents are being finalized soon.


Alan P. Kaufman, TIA senior vice president of technical affairs 
Andy Hackman, TIA vice president of government affairs

Webinar Access:

The full webinar is available via the following links: