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TIA and Toy Safety
By Tim Connolly
February 1, 2003

With roughly 5,000 new toys hitting the shelves each year, it takes more than a few pairs of watchful eyes to safeguard children’s health. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) created the first toy safety guidelines in 1971, crafted from the input of its membership—comprising toy manufacturers, designers, licensors, and import/export companies. In the 1980s, the guidelines were adopted and modified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), an independent standards organization. This new toy safety standard became known as ASTM F 963, which undergoes a review every five years; a new version will be published sometime in 2003.

Toy Fair 2003

Safety will be an important topic at the 100th anniversary Toy Fair, taking place February 16th thru 19th in New York City’s Javits Center.

On the 18th there will be a two-part “Toy Safety Overview: an Introduction for Designers, Inventors and Newbies.” As the title suggests, the seminar is aimed at those who are new to the toy industry and includes, “a review of the main requirements of the U.S. mandatory (federal) standard, the voluntary standard, and the importance of complying with both.”

There will also be a “Toy Safety Update” seminar on the same day, covering the recent changes in ASTM F 963, as well as introducing the new CPSC chairman, Hal Stratton, who will review the agency’s priorities and projects for the coming year. (Cont.)


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