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 […]
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 Directive 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 […]
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.