The U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, today announced plans to implement new compliance systems to bolster the safety of toys sold in the United States.
On August 28, the TIA Board of Directors approved a three-point program to reinforce the toy safety system, including:
- the concept of a federal requirement to make safety testing and inspection mandatory . . . today it is not mandated.
- the development and standardization of compliance procedures that can be used industry-wide . . . today these activities are defined by individual manufacturers and retailers.
- the harmonization of current practices used to evaluate the competence of the conformity assessment bodies that are evaluating compliance to requirements . . . these harmonized practices are also intended for use industry-wide.
TIA has invited the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to work with them to develop solutions that meet these goals. On August 31, Lane Hallenbeck, vice president of accreditation services at ANSI, led the first meeting of a new TIA working group to spearhead the development and implementation of this three-point program.
“The plans that we’ve set in motion to strengthen conformity assessment systems will help to keep unsafe toys out of the hands of our children,” explained Hallenbeck following last week’s meeting. “From producer to government regulator to retailer to parent – all stakeholders have a role to play.”
The solutions that are developed for the toy industry may be a stepping stone for the solutions that are needed in other consumer-focused industries. On September 26, 2007, ANSI will convene Building Consumer Confidence, an open forum focused on building consumer confidence in the products that enter into the U.S. marketplace. For more information or to register, please visit the event website.
View the TIA press release.