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Update: Technical Regulation in Gulf Region Will Apply to all Toys
December 4, 2017
 
The Toy Association is alerting members that a QR tracking code will soon be required for all toys and children’s products exported to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

 
CPSC Votes to Approve ASTM F963-17 with one Exception for Push/Pull Toys
November 28, 2017
 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3 to 1 along party lines on November 27 to allow the 2017 version of ASTM F963: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety to become the mandatory toy safety standard, except for an editorial change to the section on push/pull toys. Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle voted to approve ASTM F963-17 in its entirety.

 
CPSC to Host Training Seminars for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals in Asia
November 27, 2017
 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host three buyer training sessions this spring in Shanghai, China (March 13), Guangzhou, China (March 15), and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 20). Registration for these free sessions is open through February 28, 2018.

 
Toy Association External Affairs Strategy Meeting Highlights Priority Issues & Action Items for 2018
November 13, 2017
 
Dozens of Toy Association members, staff, consultants, and industry representatives from around the globe attended the annual External Affairs Strategy Meeting held in Washington, DC last week. Attendees discussed potential approaches to key legislative and regulatory priorities as well as strategies for intellectual property protection, safeguarding connected toys, and other topics that will be important to the toy industry in 2018 and beyond.

 
ISO Safety Meetings Discuss Alignment of Global Toy Standards
November 6, 2017
 
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety (ISO TC 181) held meetings in San Diego, CA in October to discuss alignment opportunities and revisions to ISO 8124, the international toy standard that is used by many countries around the world.

 
CPSC Approves Final Phthalates Rule
October 20, 2017
 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-2 along party lines on October 18 to approve a final rule expanding phthalate restrictions applicable to children’s toys and child care articles sold in the United States.

 
Special Webinar for Toy Fair 2018 First-Time Exhibitors
October 20, 2017
 
The Toy Association is hosting a free webinar, “Toy Fair 2018 Freshman Class Webinar,” on Wednesday, November 8 at 3 p.m. (Eastern) for first-time exhibitors at the 115th North American International Toy Fair.

 
Albany County to Enforce ‘Toxic Free Toys Act’ on Nov. 1
October 3, 2017
 
The Toy Association is alerting members that sell toys in Albany County, New York that the Department of Health will begin enforcing the “Toxic Free Toys Act” (Local Law No. 1) on November 1, 2017. The law regulates certain chemicals in toys and children’s products sold in Albany County.

 
Toy Association Members Invited to External Affairs Strategy Meeting
September 18, 2017
 
Members of The Toy Association are invited to register for the upcoming External Affairs Strategy Meeting, scheduled to take place November 7 to 8 in Washington, DC.

 
Government Inspections Continue to Disrupt Factory Production in China
September 5, 2017
 
As the key holiday production season approaches, The Toy Association is advising members to contact supply-chain partners in China to gauge the likelihood of disruptions due to ongoing factory inspections by the Chinese government.

 
ASTM Toy Safety Standard F963-17 Published; Copies Available for Toy Association Members
August 29, 2017
 
The Toy Association is alerting members that an updated 2017 version of ASTM F963: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety has been published by ASTM International.

 
Copy of ASTM Toy Safety Standard F963-17 Published; Copies Available for Toy Association Members
August 29, 2017
 
The Toy Association is alerting members that an updated 2017 version of ASTM F963: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety has been published by ASTM International.

 
CPSC to Exempt Certain Plastics from Phthalates Testing
August 29, 2017
 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved a final rule exempting certain plastics from third-party phthalates testing based on the determination that the plastics would not contain the specified phthalates prohibited in children’s toys and child care articles. The final rule is a culmination of a multi-year effort by The Toy Association and its members to encourage the CPSC to find ways to reduce unnecessary and redundant third-party testing.

 
Stuffed Toys to be Exempt from Ontario Regulation
August 23, 2017
 
The Toy Association has learned that stuffed toys sold in Ontario, Canada will likely be exempt from the province’s Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation under the Technical Standards and Safety Act. The proposed standard has been updated to apply only to bedding, mattresses, and upholstered furniture.

 
ILWU Extends Labor Contract through 2022
August 7, 2017
 
International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that its membership voted in favor of a three-year extension of its West Coast labor contract. Initially set to expire in 2019, the contract with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) will now expire on July 1, 2022, staving off negotiation-related labor disruptions for the foreseeable future.

 
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