ICPHSO International Symposium to Take Place During “Product Safety Week” in EU 17 August 2016 The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) will bring together product safety professionals from across industries and global markets to discuss issues of interest to product safety professionals at its International Symposium in Brussels, Belgium on November 14-15, 2016. (read more)
Information Technology Agreement’s Duty-Free Treatment In Effect For Certain Electronic Toys 13 July 2016 Exporters in various industries from toys to medical supplies have begun experiencing the benefits of lifted tariffs due to the Information Technology Agreement’s expansion, which was enacted on July 1st. More than 200 information technology products now receive duty-free treatment, including certain types of electronic toys. (read more)
TIA President's Letter: Panama Canal’s Expansion No Guarantee For Smooth Sailing 5 July 2016 Toy Industry Association (TIA) President & CEO Steve Pasierb provides his thoughts on the Panama Canal's recent expansion and why it may be too soon for the toy community to expect a positive impact. (read more)
Brexit and Toys: Keep Calm and Carry On For Now 5 July 2016 On June 23rd, the United Kingdom’s citizens voted 52% to 48% to secede from the European Union in a referendum commonly referred to as “Brexit.” Though Britain’s full withdrawal from the U.K. could take more than two years once fully approved, regulations and tariffs applicable to toys sold in the British market may be impacted. (read more)
ICTI CARE Publishes Ethical Recruitment Guide For Toy Factories 23 June 2016 The ICTI CARE Foundation has released a free Recruitment Practices Briefing guide to help toy factories plan for increased workforces during the peak summertime manufacturing season. (read more)
President Obama Signs Long-Awaited TSCA Reform Bill Into Law 22 June 2016 Critical legislation reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act was signed into law last week by U.S. President Barack Obama, representing the first meaningful update to the law in 40 years. The new legislation reflects scientific and technological advances and ensures that a uniform federal policy will regulate chemicals across all 50 states. (read more)
ICTI Forms Year-Round Working Groups During 42nd Annual General Meeting 17 June 2016 National toy trade association delegates from around the world convened in Annecy, France from June 5-7 for the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) 42nd Annual General Meeting. (read more)
“Toy Preview Month” To Take Place This September -
Q4 Buying Circuit To Culminate At Fall Toy Preview (Sept. 27-29) 16 June 2016 The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has officially dubbed September 2016 “Toy Preview Month” to mark a jam-packed schedule of product preview meetings slated to take place across the nation throughout September, culminating with TIA’s Fall Toy Preview event on September 27-29 in Dallas, TX. (read more)
Genius Of Play Gets Physical This Summer 13 June 2016 With summer just around the corner, the Genius of Play hopes to inspire parents, caregivers and others to engage in active play. Starting this week through July 17th, the toy industry’s research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives will launch a social media campaign focusing on the key benefits of active play and its role in kids’ physical development. (read more)
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What is the
ICTI CARE Process?
The CARE (Caring, Awareness, Responsible,
Ethical) Process is the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) program to promote ethical manufacturing, in the form of fair labor treatment, as well as employee health and safety, in the toy industry supply chain worldwide. Its initial focus is in China, where 80 percent of the world's toy volume is manufactured. Its intent is to provide a single, fair, thorough and consistent program to monitor toy factories' compliance with ICTI's Code of Business Practices (the "Code").