BTHA Briefing: Are you GDPR ready?

With just one month to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25th, we are busy with last minute preparations and helping our members get ready for the new requirements.

Over the past year, we have been sending out weekly GDPR updates to members in our e-newsletter and hosted a series of webinars covering a range of GDPR topics, to help members get ready. This month, as one last push before May 25th, we will be hosting a seminar to inform members of the final actions they should be doing to prepare, as well as going through the BTHA Connected Toys guidance.

The free seminar will take place on Monday, April 23rd at the BTHA office by London Bridge.

We will also be hosting free training this month on the first government-backed Code of Practice for product safety recalls in the UK. The code is targeted at both businesses and enforcement authorities. Companies must have a Product Safety Incident Plan in place in order to be ready to instigate corrective actions if they are necessary.

Hosted by our toy safety experts Jerry Burnie and Wendy Philips, as well as Phil Owen from the Office of Product Safety & Standards, the training seminar will outline the PAS 7100 requirements and will cover internal and external communications and engagement with enforcement authorities. The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 19th at the BTHA office.

Over the past month the BTHA has been working hard to represent member’s interests with regards to Brexit talks and other matters, meetings with MPs Neil Coyle and Hilary Benn and briefing BEIS, DeXu, the Treasury Select Committee and the International Trade Committee.

Elsewhere in the industry and on behalf of the BTHA, we would like to say congratulations and huge thanks to the 13 runners who completed The Big Half – the London Marathon organiser’s new half marathon event, which took place last month. Runners from Disney, The Entertainer, Mattel, DKL, Hasbro, John Adams, IQS and Bandai took part and have raised more than £7000 with all sponsorship going to support the many children’s charities the Toy Trust will be supporting in 2018.

Tickets are on sale for the Toy Trust’s new fundraising initiative, the Big Toy Trust Raffle. Prizes have been donated by the industry including a family trip to LEGO Land in Denmark, tickets to Disneyland Paris and tickets to Nickelodeon Land plus many more. Tickets cost just £5 so get booking now.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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