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 […]

CPSC Engineered Wood Determinations

CPSC Issues Engineered Wood Determination

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a Final Rule in the Federal Register exempting engineered wood products from third party lead, ASTM F963 heavy metals, and phthalates testing. euroSource and the Handmade Toy Alliance listed this determination among our priorities on September 13, 2012. So it is with pleasure, and relief, that we greet this news after nearly six years!

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 […]