The public will have one month to review and comment on the programme which will be published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) this Friday, February 22nd.
Key elements of the programme include procedures for design hazard analysis, auditing manufacturing process controls and product safety testing. A working group of safety experts and representatives of consumers, government, retailers, toy industry and testing laboratories developed the initiative.
”The American toy industry has a long history of leadership in toy safety, dating back to the 1930’s,” Daniel Grossman, Chairman of the Board said. “Once again, our industry has responded quickly and effectively when toy safety issues have been identified. We moved quickly to involve all interested parties, including government and NGOs in order to move this effort along as quickly as possible.”
“This is an aggressive programme and many companies are already implementing the safety assurance measures contained therein,” Carter Keithley, TIA president added. “What we are proposing is an industry-wide initiative that would ensure that these measures are adopted for all toy products to be sold in the U.S. market, and to restore the confidence of American consumers in the safety of toys.”
After the public comment period, a final programme proposal will be presented to the TIA Board for adoption and implementation. A timetable to put it into action will also be provided.