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Reminder: Proposed Toy Safety Assurance Program Available for Public Review and Comment

Public Comment Period Ends March 24, 2008

New York, Mar 14, 2008

The public review and comment period for a new safety assurance program for toys will end March 24, 2008, reminded officials of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Developed in response to toy safety concerns raised during the summer of 2007, the new program prescribes procedures and provides audit mechanisms for design hazard analysis, auditing manufacturing process controls, and product safety testing. It was developed by a working group comprised of toy manufacturers and retailers, safety experts, consumer advocates, and government authorities. ANSI, coordinator of U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment activities, was commissioned by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) to chair the initiative.

The availability of the program for public review and comment began on February 24, 2008, when it was announced in ANSI’s Standards Action. Following the March 24 close of the public comment period, a final proposal will be presented to the TIA Board for final adoption and implementation. At that time, a timetable for putting the program in action will also be provided.

The draft program and accompanying public comment reply form are available for download from the ANSI website.

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