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Proposed Air Quality Rule to Impact Toy Companies with Warehouses in Southern California
April 23, 2021
The Toy Association is alerting members who have warehouse facilities in Southern California about a new proposed indirect source rule for warehouses issued by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

FTC Issues Enforcement Policy for “Made in USA” Marketing Claims
April 21, 2021
The Toy Association is alerting all members who manufacture in the U.S. and wish to make unqualified “Made in USA” claims that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently stepped-up enforcement of its rule for such claims with significant monetary penalties being levied.

Toy Association Launches New Advocacy Committee to Manage International Issues
April 19, 2021
To ensure the continued effective management of an increasing number of global issues impacting the toy & play community, The Toy Association has evolved its membership levels and its advocacy committee structure to reflect the current and anticipated future needs of the industry.

Arkansas Becomes First State to Pass Inform Act to Protect Consumers from Counterfeits Sold Online
April 14, 2021
The Toy Association applauds the State of Arkansas’ passage of SB 470 – “An Act to Establish The Online Marketplace Consumer INFORM Act.” The bill closely mirrors the federal INFORM Consumers Act, which was introduced in March and aims to increase transparency and accountability for online marketplaces amid the rapidly growing problem of illicit goods sold online.

Toy Association Members Urged to Participate in Survey on EPA Ban of Flame-Retardant Plasticizer
April 1, 2021
The Toy Association is urging members and the greater toy community to participate in a confidential survey from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on the modification of a final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that bans the processing, importation, and distribution of products containing the flame-retardant plasticizer phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)).

Toy Association Files Comments with EPA on Risk Management Rule
March 31, 2021
The Toy Association has filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to advocate for the permanent exemption of certain companies from having to pay risk evaluation fees and self-identify as a producer or importer of high-priority chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fees Rule.

Exclusive Webinar for Toy Association Members: Protect Your IP at U.S. Borders
March 30, 2021
Toy Association members are invited to learn how they can work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure their trademarks and copyrights are enforced at all U.S. ports of entry in an upcoming Toy Association webinar taking place Thursday, April 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern).

Toy Association Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Protect Consumers from Counterfeit Products
March 23, 2021
The Toy Association applauds today’s introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act. The legislation aims to increase transparency and accountability for online marketplaces amid the rapidly growing problem of illicit goods sold online.

EPA Issues Delay in Ban on Flame-Retardant Plasticizer PIP (3:1)
March 9, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an eleventh-hour reprieve March 8 to the impending ban on the processing, importation, and distribution of products containing the flame-retardant plasticizer, phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)).

Federal Court Sends Phthalate Rule Back to CPSC
March 8, 2021
The Toy Association is alerting toy manufacturers that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Phthalate Rule (16CFR 1307) to the commission in response to a suit by a coalition of manufacturing groups.

Virtual ICPHSO Symposium Addresses Global Product Safety Issues
March 2, 2021
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) held its 2021 Annual Symposium virtually from February 22 through February 26, offering the 550 who attended best practices and resources to help companies understand requirements and ensure product safety compliance in the ever-changing global marketplace.

EPA Issues Compliance Guide for Substances Used in Surface Coatings
January 26, 2021
The Toy Association is alerting its members to a new compliance guide for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) regarding several substances applied as surface coatings in imported and manufactured articles.

Jan. 31 Marks Chemical Reporting Deadline for Children’s Products Sold in Washington State
January 22, 2021
The Toy Association is reminding companies that do business in the state of Washington that the next deadline for reporting chemicals in children's products is January 31.

Toy Association's Joan Lawrence Shares Toy Safety Tips with Families
January 19, 2021
For The Toy Association, underscoring the dangers of non-compliant counterfeit toys in online marketplaces remains a year-round priority and a cornerstone of its consumer education program.

Tariff Updates: Brazil, China & Vietnam
January 11, 2021
The Toy Association is alerting members to potential new U.S. tariffs on products originating in Vietnam as well as changes to tariffs on products imported to Brazil and from China.