More than 800 Participants Learn about U.S. Standards at TIA Toy Safety Seminars in China

Crowd at China SeminarAugust 6, 2012 | More than 800 participants – twice the original target – attended two Toy Safety Seminars hosted by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) on August 1st and August 3rd in Dongguan and Shenzhen, China, respectively.

The sessions were designed by TIA to ensure that Chinese factories licensed to produce toys for the U.S. market are fully informed of the most up-to-date U.S. toy safety standards. Participants heard directly from experts representing industry, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Chinese government; a key feature of both seminars was the audience’s interaction with the panelists. Practical tips were provided on topics ranging from the most recent changes to the ASTM F-963 toy safety standard; the role of the CPSC and new requirements under CPSIA; necessary elements of a factory quality program; emerging issues and hazards and how they are being addressed; ensuring material safety and reporting, and more. [View agenda]

“Our highly successful China sessions drew a record-breaking number of attendees, including factory, safety and quality managers and staff,” said Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and government affairs.  “Participants were eager to learn more about U.S. standards, testing and conformance requirements, which will help them to better execute their customers’ orders while upholding U.S. toy safety standards.”

“Representatives of the Shenzhen government have already requested to have the sessions repeated in 2013,” added Lawrence.

It has been a longstanding priority of TIA’s to educate Chinese factories producing toys and children’s products for the U.S. marketplace. TIA has now hosted 13 educational sessions in China over the years – reaching nearly 4,000 factory employees – reflecting the Association’s continuing commitment to safety awareness, education and compliance throughout the supply chain. For the August 2012 sessions, TIA worked in cooperation with the Chinese government, the China Toy Association, and the U.S. CPSC.