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Toy Association Advocates on Proposed Toy Safety Regulations in Chile
November 30, 2021
On November 29, the Association submitted comments to Chile’s Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health or MINSAL) regarding the country’s newly proposed toy safety regulations, which raise concerns of creating potential trade barriers for toys that are contrary to the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement.

Toy Association Reminds Families to Remain Vigilant of Dangers Posed by Button Batteries
November 22, 2021
The Toy Association is applauding Health Canada’s newly introduced health advisory on button batteries, which aligns with the Association’s long-standing position that small button and coin-size batteries pose a serious health hazard if swallowed.

Toy Association Focuses on Facts to Tackle Latest List Attacking Safety of Toys
November 19, 2021
With many shoppers getting an early start on their toy buying this year amid supply chain disruptions, certain NGO groups are unfortunately using it as an opportunity to needlessly scare parents with their own inaccurate “unsafe toys” reports filled with misinformation.

Toy Association Participates in International Talks about Toy Safety
November 9, 2021
Toy Association staff attended virtual meetings over the past two weeks that brought together consumer product safety professionals to help align global toy safety standards and identify areas for improvement.

Resources Available to Members for Toy Safety Media Inquiries
November 8, 2021
NGOs have historically taken advantage of the holiday season – and the public’s heightened interest in toys – to publish reports on allegedly “harmful toys” to avoid. These reports often overlook the important fact that legitimate toys are strictly regulated and among the safest consumer products found in the home.

Be a Part of “Toy Safety Awareness Month” this November!
November 2, 2021
The Toy Association launched its first-ever “Toy Safety Awareness Month” November 1 and is encouraging the entire toy community to get involved by sharing safety tips with parents and caregivers in the lead up to the holidays.

Toy Association Advocates on Foreign Issues Impacting Toys
November 2, 2021
The Toy Association, in collaboration with its newly formed International Committee, is continuing to make headway on global regulations, threats, and opportunities affecting the toy and play community.

Toy Association Member Aaron Muderick Testifies at Senate Hearing on Counterfeits
November 2, 2021
The Toy Association and its members continue to make headway in the fight against unsafe counterfeit toys sold on e-commerce marketplaces. Just this morning, Aaron Muderick, founder and president of Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld and vice chairperson of Toy Association's Board of Directors, testified at a Senate Committee on Judiciary hearing.

How The Toy Association’s STEAM Accreditation Supports Toymakers in Challenging Times
November 1, 2021
In recent decades, the toy market has seen a steady influx of toys that claim to encourage skill development in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subjects, so it’s no surprise that by 2025, STEAM toys are predicted to account for a hefty $9.5 billion share of the global toy market. Dr. Amanda Gummer, child psychologist and founder & CEO of the Good Play Guide,™ discusses how the newly launched STEAM Accreditation Program and STEAM Toy Assessment Framework, both developed in partnership with The Toy Association, can help manufacturers prove that their toys truly foster STEAM skills and reassure parents that they’re not being hoodwinked by disingenuous marketing.

Toy Association Warns Holiday Shoppers about Counterfeit Toys Sold Online
November 1, 2021
A recent survey has revealed that most U.S. parents would purchase a knock-off/counterfeit toy if their first choice was unavailable (65%) or if it was cheaper than the original item (63%).

NPD: U.S. Toy Industry Sales Up 11 Percent in Third Quarter of 2021
October 29, 2021
The U.S. toy industry grew its dollar sales by 17 percent or $2.3 billion in the first three quarters of 2021, with third quarter U.S. dollar sales up 11 percent, according to The NPD Group.

The Toy Association’s Al Kaufman Gives U.S. Toy Safety Update for German Toy Association
October 26, 2021
The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, gave a presentation on key U.S. regulatory issues and standards during the German Toy Association’s (DVSI) “SafetyDay,” held October 14.

Toy Association Urges Congress to Follow Through with Promised Tax Credits for Small Businesses
October 26, 2021
The Toy Association is joining a coalition of trade groups to urge congressional leaders to follow through on their commitment to provide businesses with access to Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) funds through year’s end.

EPA Further Delays Ban on Flame-Retardant Plasticizer
October 22, 2021
The Toy Association is informing members that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a significant delay to the impending ban on the processing, importation, and distribution of products containing the flame-retardant plasticizer phenol, isopropylated phosphate (PIP (3:1)). The Toy Association will submit comments to the agency in support of the proposed extension.

Ports of LA and Long Beach Move to 24/7 Operations Ahead of Holidays
October 14, 2021
Following a meeting between the president and leaders from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Biden administration announced a rollout of new initiatives to address the ongoing supply chain disruptions plaguing U.S. businesses.