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Mark Your Calendars: Toy Safety & Compliance Update & Annual Strategy Meeting to Take Place at Toy Fair

January 22, 2019 | The Toy Association will host its annual Toy Safety & Compliance Update on the morning of Monday, February 18 at the 116th annual North American International Toy Fair. The free seminar will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hall 1E, Room 1E09 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. As a part of this year’s seminar, Toy Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb will be announcing two new major programs to benefit you as toy industry representatives.   

The popular safety seminar will provide manufacturers, retailers, toy inventors, testing labs, and others within the toy industry with news and developments related to toy safety laws and regulations in the U.S. and abroad. Session sponsors include Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Intertek, QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection), SGS North America, STC, and Unitec Technical Services & Certification (Canada) Inc.

The presentation will be delivered by Toy Association staff and government officials, who will address:

  • An overview of The Toy Association’s intellectual property white paper, “The Real Threat of Fake Toys;”
  • Privacy concerns and connected products;
  • Tariffs and an update to federal issues;
  • International trade issues impacting toys; and
  • 2019 state legislative and regulatory activity.

“The goal of the Toy Safety & Compliance Update is to bring toy industry representatives up to date with the latest regulations impacting their companies from toy safety to privacy to brand protection,” said Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs at The Toy Association. “We encourage Toy Fair attendees to take advantage of this important and free opportunity to hear from knowledgeable speakers about the laws, standards, and regulations that are in place to ensure the safety of toys and children at play.”

Annual Strategy Meeting

The Toy Association will also be holding its External Affairs Annual Strategy Meeting for Toy Association members on February 18 beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will bring together members and Toy Association staff to discuss priority issues for 2019, including state, federal, and international legislative issues for the coming year. Discussions will also focus on the strategic direction of the Association’s advocacy efforts and how the External Affairs staff can best represent the industry going forward. Note: The meeting is not open to associate members or non-members of The Toy Association.  Please contact Heather Easley, assistant manager of external affairs, to register and to obtain additional information about the strategy meeting. 

“We urge Association members to join us at our Annual Strategy Meeting – an important annual gathering of our advocacy committees and interested members,” Desmond added. “With critical policy issues now facing toy companies, key member representatives should get involved in these Association-led discussions and decision making.”

Additional information about all Toy Fair educational sessions can be found in the “Knowledge Network” section at