CPSC and Health Canada Confirm Initiative to Align Toy Safety Requirements

7 December 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) recently issued separate statements reaffirming their intent to work cooperatively to align toy safety standards through both agencies’ participation on the ASTM F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety. The subcommittee regularly reviews and updates the ASTM F963 Toy Safety Standard, which plays a significant role in helping to determine the mandatory toy safety regulations and requirements enforced in both the U.S. and Canada.

According to the CPSC, the goal of the collaborative effort is to “maximize the potential for aligned positions […] as the ASTM standard is revised, thus increasing the likelihood of not only aligned approaches in the two jurisdictions, but also increased safety benefits for consumers.” [View the complete statements on the CPSC and HC websites].

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Canadian Toy Association (CTA) have long encouraged the agencies to work towards standards harmonization and believe that the commitment to cooperate represents another step towards standards alignment between the U.S. and Canada and both countries’ commitment to improving toy safety.

These statements reflect activities following an executive order signed by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in February 2011 to create the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses through regulatory transparency and coordination.

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