Navigation Links
NSF International Offers Answers to Rising Toy Safety Concerns

NSF Toy Safety Program Offers Manufacturers A Way to Improve Toy Safety by Meeting the Requirements from the NewConsumer Product Safety Improvement Act

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent toy recalls continue to generate concerns among consumers about the safety of their children's toys, reinforcing the importance of toy testing. The NSF Toy Safety team offers a solution -- integrated services that include auditing, testing and assessment. This team of toy safety experts is available to answer questions about toy safety.


WHAT: To help assure that safer toys are making their way to U.S. consumers, lawmakers introduced the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which was signed into law on August 14, 2008 by President Bush. The new act includes requirements for lead and a ban on certain phthalates in products designed for children 12 and younger. It also requires mandatory third-party testing and labeling requirements for all toys and children's products sold in the U.S. NSF International can perform testing required by the new legislation to assist toy manufacturers in meeting the CPSIA requirements.

WHY: Recalls of products intended for children continue to be alarming. Children's products, including toys, nursery products and clothing, accounted for two-thirds (nearly 29 million) of all products being recalled from 2007-08. More recalls were issued for lead than for any other hazard. In fact, there were 121 recalls announced for more than 12.2 million lead-laden products. Almost all of the lead recalls were for toys and other products intended for children.(1)

WHEN: The CPSIA will incorporate increasing levels of regulation with the first deadline regarding lead in paint and surface coatings set for December 21, 2008. Several other requirements for toys will take affect in 2009 when third party testing will be required for assessing lead in the substrate material, phthalates, physical, and mechanical testing.

WHO: By law, all manufacturers who wish to selltoys in the U.S. in 2009 must have their toys tested by anaccredited third-party testing lab. Companies that fail to meet the new requirements are subject to civil and criminal penalties including a $100,000 penalty per violation and up to five years imprisonment.

Background on the NSF Toy Safety Program

The NSF Toy Safety program tests a product and its materials for several aspects of toy safety including heavy metal testing (lead and others), mechanical and physical safety, flammability, chemical composition, phthalate content and electrical safety.

For more information, please contact Dave Parzen, Technical Manager of Toy Safety, at 734.827.6859 or or visit for more information on the new legislation.

To view the entire news release with photo, please visit

(1)Consumers Union's Still Not Safe Report, 12/2/2008 -- report based on the number of product recalls publicly announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

    CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
    Phone: 734-913-5723

SOURCE NSF International
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. International study strengthens case for daily calcium pill
2. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
3. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
4. LCA Hails International Investigators Studying Lung Cancer
5. Arrow International Urges Shareholders To Vote for Approval of the $45.50 Teleflex Inc. Merger and for the Current Board of Directors
6. PRA International Adds Dr. Susan Stansfield as Executive Vice President
7. Medical Services International Maintains Pace in Second Quarter
8. Clarity Imaging International, Inc. Rolls Out Mobile DEXA Program
9. International Gateway Insurance Brokers Partners With MEDILINQ
10. Tulane University to receive $14M for international HIV/AIDS program
11. International Database Seeks to Boost Treatment of Altitude Sickness
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified or obtain ... industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform dentists that ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... MN (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... at . The directory is specialized and only includes chiropractic clinics ... to find a competent and trustworthy alternative health practitioner when back pain sets ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... experience this summer, ushering in a new era of publicly accessible automated technology. ... shuttle, will continue to offer guests an up-close look at the shuttle at ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... and fun atmosphere for Halloween festivities, the Word of Life Christian Church of ... board game, and featuring a giant 1.25 ton pile of candy dubbed “Candy ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... community across the United States to access life-saving information provided directly ... Mesothelioma will consist of three individual conferences in three major cities: Houston, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO ), ... solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, today announced that ... Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied instituting an ... (the ,102 patent).  --> ... Scientific Corporation filed two petitions challenging the validity of certain ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... SAN FRANCISCO , Nov. 30, 2015 ... and Designers of Things (DoT ) co-located events ... Printing and the Internet of Things, will draw more ... San Jose Convention Center. The events, combined ... their latest technologies. --> ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... and BOCA RATON, Fla. ... for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) ... with KynderMed , a medical device start-up company ... supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and ... Florida -based universities and research institutions. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: