REMINDER: Toy Safety & Compliance Seminar to be Held at Toy Fair

February 12, 2018 | The Toy Association is reminding Toy Fair attendees about a free, in-depth safety seminar that will share news and developments related to toy safety laws and regulations in the U.S. and abroad. The “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” will take place Monday, February 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Kicking off at 9:30 a.m., the three-hour session will begin with a welcome from Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association, followed by an overview of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) outlook and priorities for 2018, delivered via video message by Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the CPSC.

Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association, and Christian Wetterberg, senior director and global head of product safety & compliance at LEGO Group, will then provide important U.S., EU, and global toy safety standard updates, covering what’s on the horizon for ASTM F963, EN-71, and ISO 8124.

As intellectual property (IP) protection concerns have become a priority issue for the toy industry, an overview of The Toy Association’s IP Committee will be shared by Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs at The Toy Association. An overview and forecast on state legislative and regulatory activity impacting toys will also be shared by Jennifer Gibbons, senior director of state government affairs at The Toy Association.

To close, a discussion on connected toys and concerns about children’s privacy and security will be led by Sheila Millar, partner at Keller & Heckman. A brief Q&A and wrap-up will take place before the seminar closes at 12:30 p.m.

“This always well-attended session provides attendees with critical information to ensure compliance with toy safety standards, as well as updates on pending state, federal, and global regulations that could impact the toy industry,” says Desmond. “It’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from leading experts, ask questions, and receive practical guidance on the business of creating, producing, and delivering safe toys and games worldwide.”

The session will be held in Room 1E09 (Hall 1E) at the Javits Center during the 115th North American International Toy Fair.  Drop-ins are welcome; registration for the free seminar is not required.

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