TÜV Rheinland Blog

Keeping Children Safe—Toy Safety Testing

Posted by Hope Mascott on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

Manufacturers of toys and children’s products all over the world are challenged to meet safety and regulatory requirements while also addressing consumer demands and maintaining brand integrity in a dynamic environment.   

A growing awareness of the potential toxicity of chemicals, ingredients and of the environmental impact of packaging has driven many countries to implement regulations and standards to control the safety and quality of toys and children’s products. 

“The Toy Book” ran a story recently about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection having prevented more than a half million potentially dangerous imported products from reaching consumers from October 1 – December 31, 2011. On top of the list of stopped merchandise were “children’s products containing levels of lead exceeding the federal limits, toys and other articles with small parts that present a choking hazard, and toys and child care articles with banned phthalates.”

TÜV Rheinland’s global network of laboratories including our U.S. lab in Bentonville, Ark., adhere to the CPSC’s guidelines in testing toys and other consumer merchandise to ensure that they are safe to go on the store shelves. The new and sophisticated HDXRF technology precisely calculates the toxic elements such as lead in the paint – quickly and without destroying the product.

If you are attending the Licensing International Expo, make sure to stop at booth 5083. You can see live demonstrations showing how TÜV Rheinland can quickly and cost effectively screen products for lead and other toxic chemicals and elements. Click here to schedule a time to meet one of our experts at the show.

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Questions? Email us at TCPTesting@us.tuv.com.

Topics: RoHS/REACH, toys