U.S. and EU Toy Safety Information Presented to Chinese Manufacturers

29 November 2011

A practical understanding of U.S. and EU toy safety requirements was presented toy Chinese manufacturers at Toy Safety Training sessions held in Hong Kong on November 14th and in Dongguan, China on November 16th.

Presenters in included representatives from the North American Toy Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission (EC), the General Administration of Quality Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ), and the Hong Kong Toys Council. The Toy Safety Training was designed to give guidance to toy manufacturers in the region on both the European Union’s revised Toy Safety Directive and U.S. toy safety requirements, including recent CPSC-proposed testing and certification regulations under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Managers and staff of local factories producing toys and children’s products for the U.S. and European markets heard from representatives of the Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), as well as TIA’s Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs, Al Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, and Rebecca Mond, director of federal government affairs.

“TIA’s presentation focused on providing attendees with specific, practical information regarding the important elements of safe toy design and manufacturing, as well as guidelines for creating a toy safety testing program to ensure compliance with all U.S. laws,” said Kaufman.

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