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 and implement effective and reasonable regulations that protect the safety of children at play.
TIA takes action on a myriad of key federal issues of high priority for 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 regulate chemicals used in commerce that may have applications in consumer products.
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.
However, there has been recent congressional activity on TSCA reform. In 2015, a Senate bill titled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) was introduced by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and has strong bipartisan support. The bill was recently voted favorably out of committee and now awaits a vote by the full U.S. Senate. On June 23, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) with overwhelming support. TIA is in favor of both the Senate and House bills.
TIA Issue Brief: TSCA Reform – June 2015 (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-back,, 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 (including the existing federal network of standards and regulations for toy safety), 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
- Legislative and Safety Updates (Members Only)
Bulletins provide updates on laws, legislation and regulations impacting the toy industry.
- TIA Issue Briefs (Members Only)
Briefs provide introductory overviews on key industry issues and legislation.
- 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.
Senior Director, Federal
Senior Director, State Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20005