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Toy Association Continues to Advocate Against Toy Tariffs
May 15, 2018
Although toys were not included in the U.S. Trade Representative’s list of proposed tariffs, The Toy Association continues to monitor the issue and advocate to USTR to ensure that toys will not be added to the current (or any future) tariff list.

Toy Association & Members Help Defeat Harmful Legislation in Vermont
April 30, 2018
After months of advocacy by The Toy Association and its members, Vermont Senate Bill 103 was defeated April 25, marking a significant victory for the toy community.

Enforcement Delay Announced for Ontario’s Stuffed Articles Regulation
April 24, 2018
The Toy Association has learned that the enforcement date has been delayed for changes to the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation (Ontario Regulation 218/01) in Ontario, Canada.

SAVE THE DATE: April 25 Genius of Play Event at the Smithsonian Museum
April 10, 2018
Toy and play professionals are invited to attend a special panel at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on April 25 in Washington, DC. Open to the public, “Fostering Innovation and Creativity through Play” will explore how play serves as a catalyst for creativity and innovation.

The Toy Association Participates in CPSC Safety Training Seminars in Asia
April 10, 2018
The Toy Association recently participated in safety training seminars sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in Asia.

Important Updates from the CPSC
April 9, 2018
The Toy Association is alerting members of several pertinent deadlines and activities at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

REMINDER: Members Asked to Review USTR Tariff List for Categories that May Impact Business
April 9, 2018
The Toy Association is reminding members to immediately review the Proposed Tariff List (p. 14) issued by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week and notify Association staff if they are importing any items from China that appear on the list by close of business on Wednesday, April 11.

U.S. Trade Representative Does Not Include Toys on China Tariff List
April 3, 2018
Toys were not listed in the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) proposed list of products imported from China that could be subject to additional tariffs published Tuesday evening.

Aggressively Fighting Threat of Tariffs on Toys
March 27, 2018
Toy Association staff and member company representatives on the Federal Government Affairs Committee (FGAC) remain actively engaged in opposing any tariffs that might be levied against toys imported from China.

FCC Issues New Labeling Requirement for Electronic Toys
March 6, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a new labeling and compliance requirement for all radio frequency equipment devices.

ICPHSO 25th Annual Symposium Addresses Global Product Safety Topics
February 26, 2018
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) kicked off its Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year with its 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, held in Orlando, FL from February 20 to 23. More than 800 attendees – representing manufacturers, retailers, consumer NGOs, U.S. and international regulators, standards and testing organizations, and other product safety professionals from 18 countries convened at the symposium to hear timely and relevant information about the safety of global consumer products.

CPSC Acting Chair Encourages Continued Collaboration and Engagement with Toy Industry
February 19, 2018
Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), thanked the toy industry for ensuring that toys are both safe and fun for children and encouraged continued collaboration and engagement between the agency and industry stakeholders. Her comments were made during a pre-recorded video message during The Toy Association’s “Toy Safety & Compliance Update,” attended by manufacturers, retailers, toy inventors, testing labs, and other attendees of the 115th North American International Toy Fair.

REMINDER: Toy Safety & Compliance Seminar to be Held at Toy Fair
February 12, 2018
The Toy Association is reminding Toy Fair attendees about a free, in-depth safety seminar that will share news and developments related to toy safety laws and regulations in the U.S. and abroad. The “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” will take place Monday, February 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Save the Date: The Toy Safety & Compliance Update at Toy Fair
January 16, 2018
The Toy Association will host its annual Toy Safety & Compliance Update on the morning of Monday, February 19 at the 115th North American International Toy Fair. The free seminar will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hall 1E at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman Joins ASTM International Board of Directors
January 5, 2018
ASTM International has announced that Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association, will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors.