Overview

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. 

Federal Legislation

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)

TIA has compiled several resources to help companies understand, implement and comply with the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The Law

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Resources


Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA)

Legislation under active consideration

Overview

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.

The Law

Status

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 Resources

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)

OVERVIEW

The primary goal of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is to give parents control over what information can be collect from their children online. Every website designed for kids, or any website geared to a general audience that collects information from someone under 13 years of age, must comply with COPPA’s main requirements.

In December 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) completed an update of the implementing regulations regarding COPPA (the ‘COPPA Rule’), incorporating many of the recommendations submitted by TIA during the review process.

The Law

TIA Resources


State Legislation

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.

TIA Resources

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

07/16/2014 | CPSC Workshop on Potential Ways to Reduce Third Party Testing Costs
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

07/10/2014 | CPSC Budget Priorities for 2015 and 2016
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

04/28/2014 | TIA Comments on Proposed Changes to Section 6(b) Rules
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

04/17/2014 | CPSC Workshop on Potential Ways to Reduce Third Party Testing Costs
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

11/18/2013 | Revisions to Toy Testing and Certification Requirements
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

11/15/2013 | Request for Comments to Compile the Report on Technical Barriers to Trade
Submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative

10/21/2013 | CPSC Involvement in Voluntary Standards Activities
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

09/23/2013 | Proposed Amendments to Laser Performance Standard
Submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

09/16/2013 | China’s Compliance with WTO Commitments
Submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative

09/12/2013 | Russia’s Implementation of its WTO Obligations
Submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

08/28/2013 | Changes to the Chinese National Toy Standard
Submitted to the USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point

07/29/2013 | Proposed Rulemaking for 16 CFR Part 1110 Certificates of Compliance
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

07/23/2013 | U.S. – EU Free Trade Agreement
Submitted to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee

07/01/2013 | CPSC Budget Priorities for 2014 and 2015
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

06/17/2013 | Third Party Testing for Lead Content, Phthalate Content, and the Solubility of the Eight Elements Listed in ASTM F963-11
Submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

5/10/2013 | Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement
Submitted to Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Acting U.S. Trade Representative

10/31/2012 | Promoting U.S. EC Regulatory Compatibility
Submitted to David Weiner, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and Kate J. Kalutkiewicz, Director for European Affairs


State Regulatory Comments

01/31/2014 | Designating Priority Chemicals in Children’s Products
Submitted to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection

10/30/2013 |
Development of DTSC Alternatives Assessment Guidance
Submitted to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control

07/12/2013 | RPPC Program –Blister Packaging
Submitted to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

05/03/2013 | Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Draft “Guidance for Alternatives Assessment and Risk Reduction”  
Submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology

04/25/2013 | California Department of Toxic Substances Control – Revised Proposed Regulations: Safer Consumer Products
Submitted to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control

03/11/2013 | Toxics Policy Reform for Washington State  
Submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology

02/28/2013 | California Department of Toxic Substances Control – Proposed Regulation
Submitted to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control

01/21/2013 | California Department of Toxic Substances Control – Initial Statement of Reasons: Safer Consumer Products
Submitted to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control

08/13/2012 | Draft Section 4101:6-1 – Draft Bedding, Upholstered Furniture, and Stuffed Toys Regulations
Submitted to the Ohio Department of Commerce


Resources

Contact Us

Rachel Derby
Director, Federal
Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW,
Suite 450
Washington DC 20004
rderby@toyassociation.org
Phone: (202) 459-0351
Rebecca Mond
Director, Federal
Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW,
Suite 450
Washington DC 20004
rmond@toyassociation.org
Phone: (202) 459-0352
Jennifer Gibbons
Senior Director, State Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW,
Suite 450
Washington DC 20004
jgibbons@toyassociation.org
Phone: (646) 512-1320
David Garriepy
Director, State Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW,
Suite 450
Washington DC 20004
dgarriepy@toyassociation.org
Phone: (202) 459-0361