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Protecting Play: Toy Association Advocates for Members at Global Level
September 22, 2020
While the health crisis is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, The Toy Association’s dedicated External Affairs staff continues to make headway on ongoing issues affecting the toy and play community.

Toy Association's Virtual Fly-In Connects Companies with DC Lawmakers
September 22, 2020
Nearly 30 toy company representatives attended The Toy Association’s Virtual DC Fly-In last week, where they connected with 28 congressional offices and top federal officials to discuss key legislation addressing counterfeit toys and children’s products sold through online marketplaces.

Toy Association Honors Senators Cassidy and Durbin with 2020 Champion of Play Awards
September 15, 2020
The Toy Association presented its annual Champion of Play Awards to U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), who were recognized for their contributions to fighting the hidden dangers of counterfeit toys sold online. The award was bestowed on Cassidy and Durbin during the Association’s Virtual DC Fly-In.

Toy Association Continues to Support Counterfeit-Fighting Legislation
September 8, 2020
Last week, Congress introduced the Consumer Product Safety Inspection Enhancement Act, a bipartisan bill that would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to prioritize resources toward identifying violative, unsafe consumer products entering the U.S. under the de minimis value exemption (shipments valued at $800 or less).

Toy Association Meets With EPA; Continues Push for Risk Management Rule to Aid Members
August 31, 2020
The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) August 28 to advocate on behalf of members for a risk management rule as a necessary action to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

President’s Letter: Toy Fair Dallas and Toy Fair New York Postponed
August 28, 2020
While the trajectory of this October’s Toy Fair Dallas has long been known to our exhibitors and the buying community given ongoing pandemic developments in Texas, the postponement of that show to 2021 now meets the news that The Toy Association has elected to also postpone Toy Fair New York 2021.

All Products Sold in India Required to Have Certification Marking as of Sept. 1
August 25, 2020
The Toy Association is alerting members of a new order in India requiring all products sold in the country to have a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) conformity marking as of September 1, 2020.

President's Letter: Asia Update – COVID-19, China Shipping & Hong Kong Origin Marking
August 25, 2020
As toymakers and retailers head into the vital holiday selling season, The Toy Association’s President & CEO Steve Pasierb discusses how the Association and its External Affairs team continue to push back against myriad threats and address challenges to our members, including Intellectual Property theft, unnecessary government regulations around the world, the ongoing pandemic, barriers to trade, and the economic impacts of these issues.

Toy Association Joins Buy Safe America Coalition to Fight Unsafe Toys in Marketplace
August 14, 2020
The Toy Association announced today that it has joined the Buy Safe America coalition, a diverse group of association advocates and law enforcement officials supporting efforts at all levels of government to protect consumers from the sale of counterfeit and stolen goods.

Toy Fair Everywhere Expands for August with New Programming, More Exhibitors
August 11, 2020
The global play community will come together for round two of The Toy Association’s Toy Fair Everywhere series of digital market weeks, beginning next Monday, August 17.

Toy Association Members Invited to Virtual Fly-In Tackling Fake Toys
August 10, 2020
Toy Association members are invited to meet with policymakers to discuss the industry’s key concerns about the prevalence of unsafe, counterfeit toys at The Toy Association’s upcoming Virtual Intellectual Property (IP) Fly-In.

Toy Association Applauds Introduction of INFORM Consumers Act to Combat Counterfeits
July 23, 2020
The Toy Association applauds today’s introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act by House Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). The bill requires online marketplaces to disclose certain verified information regarding high-volume third-party sellers of consumer products, such as toys.

The LEGO Group Launches New Online Safety Initiative
July 21, 2020
Toy Association member The LEGO Group has launched a new Small Builds for Big Conversations initiative, which offers families a series of creative challenges to engage in conversations about being a good digital citizen and the importance of online safety.

Toy Association Staff Tackles COVID-19 Topics, Counterfeits, & More
July 14, 2020
The Toy Association’s external affairs team has been tracking and advocating on federal, state, and international issues of importance to its members and the wider toy community. Read on for some important updates.

PPP Deadline Approaching for COVID-19 Loan Relief; SBA Launches Online Loan Matching Tool
June 22, 2020
With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new online tool to match businesses and non-profits with lenders in the program.