TIA tracks and advocates on federal- and state-level legislation and policy that has the potential to impact the toy industry. TIA — in collaboration with its Government Affairs Committees and member companies — works with Congress, the Administration and other federal agencies to promote the growth of the toy industry, implement effective regulations and mitigate costs to toy companies.
TIA takes action on a myriad of key federal issues facing the toy industry, from product safety and trade and customs issues to the regulation of marketing to children, and beyond. TIA works with Congress and the Administration to ensure that the perspective of the toy industry is heard and understood, and that existing laws are enforced and interpreted fairly at the federal level.
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA)
Legislation under active consideration
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 is a federal statute that governs the manufacture of chemicals and provides a variety of control methods to prevent chemicals from posing unreasonable risk. The law granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to create a regulatory framework to collect data on chemicals in order to evaluate, assess, mitigate and control risks that may be posed by their manufacture, processing and use.
While the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates specific chemicals in children’s products for unreasonable risks posed in those product types, under TSCA, the EPA can evaluate data and place use restrictions on chemicals that could be present in toys.
Since TSCA has not been significantly reformed in more than 30 years, several states are at various stages of implementing chemical reporting or ban bills, citing a lack of confidence that Congress will effectively address chemical reform on the federal level.
The late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) had championed TSCA reform legislation, introducing several amended versions of the law over the past few years. TIA supports the most recent TSCA amendment bill – The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1009) – which was introduced in May 2013 by Senator Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter (R-LA). Unlike previous, flawed versions of reform legislation, which would not have improved product safety, S.1009 is a risk-based, preemptive federal policy to regulate chemicals that is in line with the toy industry’s long-standing commitment to safety. The House has also considered TSCA reform during several hearings on the topic and draft bill text; however, there has yet to be a bill introduced.
TIA is urging bi-partisan action to reform TSCA in the 113th Congress to ensure national uniformity for the safe use of chemicals in products.
TIA Issue Brief: TSCA Reform – January 2013 (Members Only)
NOTE: This Issue Brief is provided as an overview of the legislation for the convenience of Association members and other toy industry stakeholders. Please consider this information as an introduction to a complex issue.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
TIA tracks and advocates on legislation impacting the toy industry in all 50 states. Each year, TIA identifies and takes action on more than 100 key bills in dozens of states that would have a direct impact on the toy industry’s priority issues (e.g., chemical regulation, BPA restrictions, battery take-backs,stuffed toy registration, and more). TIA works with member companies and the State Government Affairs Committee to educate lawmakers on key issues impacting the toy industry, and to identify and respond to priority legislation in the states.
Federal & State Regulation
Throughout the year, TIA submits comments on proposed regulations and new policies at both the federal and state level. TIA advocates for fair and consistent implementation of laws that ensure toy safety and do not hinder industry’s ability to bring products to market.
Below is a list of comments that TIA has submitted to public agencies on various key issues:
Federal Regulatory Comments
State Regulatory Comments
- TIA Weekly Report on Key Issues (Members Only)
TIA issues weekly updates on legislation that could impact the toy industry at the state and federal level.
- External Affairs Reports (Members Only)
TIA provides members with an update on key activities regarding safety standards, technical affairs and communications issues that the Association is engaged in both federally and in the states.
- TIA’s Federal and State Government Affairs Committees
Members are encouraged to help shape TIA’s legislative activities through committee participation.
- Legislative and Safety Updates (Members Only)
Bulletins provide updates on laws, legislation and regulations impacting the toy industry.
- TIA Issue Briefs
Briefs provide introductory overviews on key industry issues and legislation.
- TIA Political Action Center
This online portal helps members find and reach elected officials; receive updates on important issues, recent votes and current legislation; monitor local election races; and more.
- TIA Webinars
- TIA Toy Safety Update
This annual seminar, held in conjunction with Toy Fair, provides news and updates related to toy safety laws and other recent legislative and regulatory activities, trends and emerging issues.
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20005
Senior Director, State Government Affairs
Director, State Government Affairs