How to Reduce Compliance Costs

There are two primary methods for reducing the cost of compliance to US toy safety regulations: (1) the component parts rule, and (2) determinations. Components Parts Rule The component parts rule is useful to nearly all manufacturers that utilize surface coatings or who use a single component on multiple products. The rule allows for heavy […]

Some Toy Safety History

Modern European toy safety standards were discussed in the early 1980s and were formalized with Directive 88/378/EEC in 1988. This directive was replaced by┬áDirective 2009/48/EC and includes the safety standards commonly know as EN-71. The 2009 Directive has received numerous updates, most recently in November of 2015. These updates address new developments in toy design […]

2016 ICPHSO Symposium

Product Safety Conversations for Small and Micro Businesses

Small and micro businesses have always been on the tail end of the product safety conversations taking place within government, regulators, and large industry associations. This forces them into a reactive position when a proactive position is preferred. But there are some options to at least stay connected and source the information required to become or stay compliant in a highly regulated children’s product marketplace.