Aaron Locker, Toy Industry Advocate, Dies at 86
18 November 2013
The U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members join in mourning the passing of Aaron Locker, a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. toy industry and a pioneer in toy safety standardization. Mr. Locker died on 15 November at the age of 86.
Toy Industry to Induct Five Outstanding Individuals into Esteemed Hall of Fame
12 November 2013
The North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that it will induct Jill Barad, former chairman and CEO of Mattel; Horst Brandstätter, president of PLAYMOBIL/Brandstätter; the late Jack Friedman, former chairman, CEO & co-founder of JAKKS Pacific; and the late co-founders of Wham-O, Arthur “Spud” Melin and Richard Knerr, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
ISO Meetings Explore Possible Revisions to International Toy Standard
30 October 2013
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety (ISO TC 181) held meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil 21-25 October to discuss possible revisions to the international toy standard ISO 8124.
Call for Papers: International Toy Research Association 7th World Congress
15 October 2013
The International Toy Research Association (ITRA) has issued a call for papers on the subject of “Toys as Language and Communication,” to be presented at the upcoming 7th World Congress in Braga, Portugal from 23-25 July 2014.
Fall Toy Preview Welcomes Global Retail Giants to Preview Innovative Product for 2014
5 October 2013
An outstanding array of big-name retailers hailing from nearly three dozen countries flocked to Dallas, Texas last week to attend the U.S. Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Fall Toy Preview.
Licensing Expo and American International Toy Fair Announce Collaboration
30 September 2013
Advanstar Licensing, organizers of Licensing Expo, and the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), organizers of the American International Toy Fair, are pleased to announce a new collaboration to cross-promote attendance at their two complementary trade events in 2014.
Toy Safety Seminar for Chinese Manufacturers Scheduled for October
19 September 2013
The U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced that it will co-present a Toy Safety Seminar on 18 October 2013 in Shanghai, China as part of its ongoing commitment to industry education.
2014 American International Toy Fair to Host Digital Kids Conference
19 August 2013
The North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) and media company Engage Digital announced today that the 8th Annual Digital Kids® Conference will co-locate once again with the American International Toy Fair in February 2014 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Tocatì International Festival Celebrates Traditional Games and Play
1 August 2013
From 20-21 September 2013, the historic city of Verona, Italy will be pulsating with people from around the world, gathered to revel in games and play for the 11th annual Tocatì International Festival of Street Games.
United States NPD Study Finds Parents Crave Balance between Tech and Traditional Toys
24 July 2013
The influx of technology-based toys has not diminished parents’ desire to balance their children’s play experience with traditional playthings, according to a new study from the U.S. NPD Group.
Second North America Consumer Product Safety Summit to Host U.S., Canadian and Mexican Authorities
15 July 2013
Representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the Federal Attorney’s Office of the Consumer in Mexico (PROFECO) will gather in Ottawa, Canada this September at the 2013 North America Consumer Product Safety Summit.
EU Chemical Requirements in Effect on 20 July 2013
13 July 2013
Manufacturers, importers and retailers of toys intended for sale in Europe are reminded that new chemical requirements under the revised European Toy Safety Directive (TSD) will go into effect on 20 July 2013.
Global Toy Industry Resources Available Online
26 June 2013
The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) has updated its website to include information about global toy industry issues, international safety standards, and a worldwide calendar of toy industry events.
TJPA Releases 2012 Annual Chinese Toy Industry Report
14 June 2013
Construction toys are the most popular toy category among Chinese consumers, according to the recently released 2012 annual industry report from the China Toy & Juvenile Products Association.
ICTI 39th Annual General Meeting Convenes in Washington, DC
5 June 2013
Members of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) gathered June 2-4 in Washington, DC for the 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) to report on toy industry performances in 2012, and to discuss priority issues for the coming year.
Horton’s Kids Receives ICTI Annual Award for Children’s Charities
4 June 2013
Horton’s Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering the children of DC’s Ward 8, was presented with the global toy industry’s prestigious ICTI Annual Award for Children’s Charities during a ceremony this afternoon at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
European Parliament Debate Showcases Benefits of Play
30 May 2013
Toy industry stakeholders, childhood experts, policymakers and others celebrated “World Play Day” in Brussels, Belgium on 28 May with a debate that focused on the role of play as a basic need for children and its essential impact on their well-being, development, and learning.
New Jersey Approves Resolution Designating November as “Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month”
17 May 2013
The State of New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved SJR40 / AJR53, a resolution designating November of each year as “Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month.”
Sourcing Trends Shift in the Asian Markets
13 May 2013
China is losing the competitive advantage it has enjoyed in traditional labor-intensive industries over the last two decades. Operating conditions for factories remain challenging, with quadrupling blue-collar wages, a shrinking labor market, and rising raw material costs coupled with expected appreciation of the RMB of about 3.5% in 2013.
ICTI Annual Meeting to be Held in Washington, DC
17 April 2013
The 39th Annual General Meeting of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) will be hosted by the North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) from 2-4 June 2013 in Washington, DC.
“Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” Conferences to Take Place in U.S. this June
12 April 2013
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council will hold its first “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” conferences in the U.S. this spring to foster business-building and networking opportunities between American and Hong Kong companies. The first symposium will be held in New York City on 11 June, followed by a Los Angeles conference on 14 June.
U.S. to Celebrate World Standards Day in October
1 April 2013
Leaders of industry, government, NGOs and academia will gather in Washington, D.C on 3 October 2013, in celebration of World Standards Day, honoring global efforts to establish voluntary technical agreements as international standards.
China Toy Association Launches Campaign to Promote Safety of Toys
29 March 2013
Nearly 100 companies and brands have joined the China Toy and Juvenile Products Association’s (CTJPA) new “Campaign on Toys and Juvenile Products Safety to Media and Consumers.”
New Canadian Legislation Introduces Strong Protections Against Counterfeit Goods
6 March 2013
The Government of Canada has announced new protections to safeguard Canadian consumers, manufacturers and retailers as well as the national economy from the health and economic threats posed by counterfeit goods entering the country.
ICPHSO Annual Meeting Brings Together Global Regulators, Retailers, Manufacturers and More
4 March 2013
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s (ICPHSO) 20th Annual Meeting and Training Symposium was held last week (26 February – 1 March), bringing together a global audience of regulators, retailers, manufacturers, consumers, standards and testing organizations, and others who convened in Arlington, Virginia for the four-day conference on consumer product safety.
American International Toy Fair – February 10-13, 2013 – Welcomes Surge in Global Visitors
19 February 2013
The 110th American International Toy Fair opened its doors to a surge in international attendees last week, as tens of thousands of visitors from 92 countries descended upon New York City to preview 150,000 innovative toys, games and youth entertainment products at the largest toy tradeshow in the Western hemisphere.
Toys Account For 45% of Global Market for Licensed Preschool Properties: Report
18 February 2013
According to a new report released last week at TIA’s Content Connection, an educational program for licensors attending the American International Toy Fair, retail sales of licensed merchandise for character-based preschool properties totaled $10.4 billion worldwide in 2012, up 1% over 2011.
U.S. President Obama Announces Launch of US-EU Trade Negotiations
15 February 2013
United States President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address on 12 February 2013 that the Administration intends to launch negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the European Union (EU).
Technology and Value for Money Play Major Role in Parent Purchasing Decisions
25 January 2013
With the global toy buying circuit now well under way, buyers are moving through toy shows scattered around the globe – from Hong Kong, to London, to Nuremburg, and finally to New York. Utku Tansel, head of toys and games research at Euromonitor International is currently on the show circuit; as he looks ahead to the 110th American International Toy Fair, he sends a report of his observations from the London Toy Fair (Jan. 22-24, 2013).
Final COPPA Rule Imposes New Obligations for Websites and Mobile Apps
20 December 2012
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on 19 December 2012 the final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that impose new obligations on websites and online services that may collect information from children under 13. The final amended Rule will go into effect on 1 July 2013.
CPSC and Health Canada Confirm Initiative to Align Toy Safety Requirements
12 December 2012
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) recently issued separate statements reaffirming their intent to work cooperatively to align toy safety standards through both agencies’ participation on the ASTM F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety. The subcommittee regularly reviews and updates the ASTM F963 Toy Safety Standard, which plays a significant role in helping to determine the mandatory toy safety regulations and requirements enforced in both the U.S. and Canada
Tocatı` – Festival of street games: Archetypes of game in the streets told by Shakespeare
30 November 2012
For three days, a whole town opens its doors to the world, closes them to traffic, and gets out onto the streets to play. This is the Tocatı` Festival (TOCA-a-tı`: from the Veronese dialect ‘it’s your turn’). The Festival is held every year in the city of Romeo and Juliet, Verona in Italy.
Mainland China’s 2012 China Toy Expo Grows
20 November 2012
The 11th International Trade Fair for Toys & Hobby, 2012 China Toy Expo ended successfully on October 13th in Shanghai at the New International Expo Center.
New ISO Standard to Help Spot Knock-off Products
11 September 2012
The International Standards Organization (ISO) announced last week that it has created a new standard that will make it easier to spot counterfeit products around the world.
White Paper and Checklist on Children’s Online Privacy and Mobile Apps Now Available
5 August 2012
The North American Toy Industry Association’s Responsible Marketing to Children (M2C) Committee has developed a White Paper, The Changing Privacy and Data Security Landscape: From Mobile Apps to OBA, and a corresponding Checklist for Mobile Apps and Promotions to assist TIA members in understanding an ever-expanding array of laws and regulations, policy initiatives, self-regulatory standards, and reports addressing various aspects of privacy and data security.
2012 Second Quarter International Trade Wrap-Up
24 July 2012
The following is a summary of international trade initiatives of interest to the toy industry during the second quarter of 2012.
Eco-Conscious Fifth-Graders Discuss Toy Industry’s Sustainability Efforts
10 July 2012
Responding to an invitation from a group of environmentally-conscious youth in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, representatives of the toy industry visited a local elementary school to address the questions and concerns of 70 fifth grade students about the industry’s approach to packaging, global commerce, and the environmental needs of both producers and consumers.
Meetings Explore Toy Safety Legislation and Standards in the EU and U.S.
26 June 2012
Representatives from the European Commission (EC), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ASTM International, and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC on 26 June to hold discussions on toy safety legislation and standards in the EU and the U.S.
ASTM Toy Safety Standard F963-11 in Effect as of June 12, 2012
12 June 2012
ASTM F963-11, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety became effective under U.S. federal law on 12 June 2012, replacing the 2008 version of the standard. The current edition was approved by ASTM in December 2011 and unanimously approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioners in February.
ICTI 38th Annual General Meeting Convenes in London, England
25 May 2012
Directors of 14 of the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) 19 national member associations met for their 38th Annual General Meeting in London, England May 14-16, 2012 to discuss industry performance in 2011, forecasts for 2012 and plans to continue to grow the toy business into the future. Presiding was ICTI President Arnie Rubin, representing the North American Toy Industry Association.
38th Annual ICTI Meeting to Take Place in London 14-16 May
30 April 2012
Hosted by the British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA), the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) will hold its 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London, England 14-16 May 2012.
Group of Experts Selected to Revise International Child Safety Guidelines
25 March 2012
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have selected an hoc group of experts to revise the ISO/IEC Guide 50, Safety aspects – Guidelines for child safety. It was decided that the guide would be revised over the next year and a half at the ISO Technical Management Board meeting in September 2011.
ICPHSO Annual Meeting Brings Together Global Regulators, Retailers, Manufacturers and More
07 March 2012
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) held its 19th Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida from February 28 to March 2, 2012.
American International Toy Fair – Largest Toy Trade Show in Western Hemisphere – Grows in 2012
21 February 2012
The 109th American International Toy Fair opened its doors to colossal crowds last week as nearly 27,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries converged in New York City to scout 100,000+ fun and innovative products at the largest and most successful U.S.-hosted toy trade show to be held in recent years.
New Start Date Improves Internationality of the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair
10 February 2012
Altogether 77,500 buyers and retailers from all over the world poured into the 63rd Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg (2011: 79,243). The share of international visitors increased to 55 per cent, which is also attributed to the new start date of the fair. This year's International Toy Fair started on Wednesday, a day earlier than previously.
Spanish Toy Research Institute Proposes “Common Iconography” for Toys
06 February 2012
The Spanish Toy Research Institute (AIJU) announced plans at the Nuremberg Toy Fair (Feb. 1-6, 2012) to design a free, universal iconography for the global toy industry in order to improve consumer understanding of labels on toys and to simplify the packaging and labeling process for manufacturers.
Toy Industry to Induct Arnie Rubin and FAO Schwarz into Prestigious Hall of Fame
2 January 2012
The North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced that Arnie Rubin, Founder and CEO of Funrise Toy Corporation, and the late Frederick August Otto Schwarz, Founder of FAO Schwarz have been selected as the next inductees into the prestigious Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
European Commission Launches Toy Safety Campaign
1 December 2011
In an effort to help parents choose safe toys for their children and to encourage safe play, the European Commission (EC) announced the launch of a Toy Safety Campaign on November 29th in time for the holiday shopping season.
U.S. and EU Toy Safety Information Presented to Chinese Manufacturers
29 November 2011
A practical understanding of U.S. and EU toy safety requirements was presented toy Chinese manufacturers at Toy Safety Training sessions held in Hong Kong on November 14th and in Dongguan, China on November 16th.
U.S. CARU Conference Tackles Critical Issues in Advertising to Kids
11 October 2011
The Children’s Advertising and Review Unit’s (CARU) recent conference, “Marketing to Children: Privacy, Food and Digital Media” was held on October 5, 2011 in New York City, to provide updates and information on the U.S. children’s advertising industry.
37th Annual ICTI Meeting to Take Place in Hong Kong October 16-18
1 October 2011
The Hong Kong Toys Council (HKTC) will host the 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Council of Toy Industries in Hong Kong from October 16 to 18, 2011.
Inaugural Consumer Product Safety Summit Links Canada, Mexico and U.S.
23 September 2011
Representatives of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and the Federal Agency of the United Mexican States (Profeco) agreed to promote “greater cooperation and engagement in ensuring the safety of products made and sold across North America” at the First North America Consumer Product Safety Summit held in Bethesda, MD on September 26th and 27th.
India Revises Toy Safety Standard for Phthalates to Conform with Global Requirements
9 September 2011
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has updated its requirements for phthalates in toys to align with the phthalate limit currently in place in more than 30 countries, including the United States, Canada and member-states of the EU.
France Publishes New Requirements for Foam Toy Puzzle Mats
23 August 2011
New requirements for foam toy “puzzle mats” were published in France’s Official Journal of the French Republic (OJFR) on July 22, 2011, following the results of a study conducted by the French Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES) which concluded that formamide, (CAS# 75-12-7), which is used to make the puzzle mats, poses a health risk to young children.
EU Toy Safety Directive in Effect July 20, 2011
9 August 2011
The European Union’s Toy Safety Directive (TSD), which strengthens the EU’s safety criteria for all toys produced domestically and imported from abroad, came into effect on July 20, 2011 (with the exception of chemical requirements). Approved on June 30, 2009, the law was officially implemented across each EU state on January 20, 2011.
India Toy Fair Sparks Discussion about Anticipated Changes in Indian Toy Regulations
8 July 2011
Upcoming changes in Indian toy regulations were a leading topic at the “5th Toy Biz International,” the annual Toy Fair hosted by the Toy Association of India (TAI) held in New Delhi, July 2-4, 2011.
China Toy Association Publishes Survey on Toy Consumption in China
5 July 2011
The China Toy Association (CTA) surveyed 5,000 consumers from first, second and third tier cities across the nation to assess the purchasing habits of its population over a period of three months in 2010.
Global Toy Sales in 2010 Increased by Nearly 5%, NPD Reports
27 June 2011
Worldwide toy sales grew by nearly 5% (4.7%) in 2010 to USD $83.3 billion, reports leading market research firm The NPD Group.
ICTI Care Process Survey Results Reveal Challenges Faced by Chinese Toy Factories
13 June 2011
The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) CARE Process (ICP) – the international toy industry's ethical manufacturing program aimed at ensuring safe and humane workplace environments for toy factory workers worldwide – has released a summary of its 2010 Survey Report.
CARU West Coast Conference Focuses on Children’s Online Behavior
23 May 2011
On Wednesday, May 18th, the Children’s Advertising and Review Unit (CARU) hosted the 2011 Children’s Advertising and Online Privacy Summit in Universal City, California. The event, CARU’s first West Coast conference, focused on children’s online behavior and corresponding actions to assure that youth remain safe. Attended by nearly 100 persons, the session included strong representation from the toy industry – both toy companies and licensors were present.
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to Come into Force June 20th, 2011
13 May 2011
Health Canada has announced that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), signed into law in 2010, will come into force June 20th, 2011. The CCPSA reflects years of extensive consultations with a broad range of stakeholders, including industry representatives, consumer groups, children's organizations, standards development organizations, other levels of government and the general public, and applies to a wide variety of consumer products, including children’s toys.
U.S. House Subcommittee Considers Draft Revisions to the CPSIA
11 April 2011
On Thursday, April 7, 2011, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing to review draft legislation proposing changes to address a number of problems that have been identified with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).
Huge Surge in International Interest at Toy Fair 2011
28 February 2011
New York, NY | February 28, 2011 – More than 25,000 players in the global toy industry flocked to New York City for the U.S.-based Toy Industry Association’s 108th American International Toy Fair held February 13-16. The largest toy trade show in the western hemisphere, Toy Fair 2011 welcomed more than 10,300 buyers from 91 countries to scout out 100,000+ innovative products on display, while exhibitors garnered worldwide media exposure and struck business deals across 360,000 net square feet of exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg 2011 Generates Ideas for the Industry
8 February 2011
8 February 2011 – The Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg 2011 signals that the toy industry is still on the up. After a strong year of business, the industry was full of optimism and ready for innovations and ideas. With its knowledge, innovation and network programme, the leading fair from 3-8 February 2011 generated many ideas and was rated exceptionally favourably. A total of 79,000 visitors came to Nuremberg (2010: 76,637).
Record 90,000 Attend Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and Three Concurrent Trade Shows Fair 2011
14 January 2011
14 January 2011 – More than 34,000 buyers, a new fair record, took in the HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, which concluded yesterday. Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest show of its kind, the fair welcomed buyers mainly from the Chinese mainland, the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Thailand.
Toy Associations around the World Promote the Power of Play
11 January 2011
The North American Toy Industry Association (TIA), the Australian Toy Association (ATA) and the British Hobby & Toy Association (BHTA) have posted videos online that encourage parents, caregivers and children to explore the powerfully beneficial world of play.
Brazil Raises Tariffs on Imported Toys by 15%
04 January 2011
On December 29th, Brazil increased tariffs on toy imports from 20% to 35%. The move marked the third time in eight days that the South American nation launched a trade-remedy case against imports in a bid to help Brazilian manufacturers gain a competitive edge.
Canada First Jurisdiction in the World to Classify BPA as a “Toxic Substance”
19 October 2010
The Canadian government issued a final order on October 13th, 2010 classifying bisphenol A (BPA) as a toxic substance to be added to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Regulations to manage both the human health and environmental risks posed by BPA will be finalized by April 16th, 2012, according to Chemical Watch.
British Toy & Hobby Association and Play England Encourage Play
01 October 2010
The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) partnered with Play England this past summer, asking parents to pledge that they will allot more time for their children to play.
Australian Toy Association Addresses Childhood Obesity in Community Service TV Ad
15 September 2010
The Australian Toy Association (ATA) released a community service message screened over the summer in response to widespread concerns about childhood obesity and low levels of physical activity among kids. The commercial, designed to direct parents to purchase toys that promote active play, gives positive examples of the vital role that toys play in helping children’s physical and mental development.
Largest Toy Markets in Europe and the U.S. Show Continued Resilience during the First Half of 2010
11 August 2010
Revenue growth in Europe's five largest toy markets—France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.—experienced a five percent increase during the first half of 2010, while traditional toy sales in the United States remained largely unchanged reports leading market research company The NPD Group.
U.S. Leaders of the APEC Toy Safety Initiative Honored for Outstanding Accomplishments
9 August 2010
Members of the APEC Toy Safety Initiative, a group formed to improve the alignment of international toy safety standards and conformity assessment practices while reducing technical barriers to trade, were the recipients of the 2010 ANSI Chairman's Award. TIA staff and toy industry leaders shared the stage with executives from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce.
ICTI Delegates Convene in Brazil for 36th Annual General Meeting
15 April 2010
Delegates from 19 nations across Asia, Europe and the Americas attended the International Council of Toy Industries' 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 7-8, 2010. Hosted by ABRINQ, the national toy association of Brazil, the meeting's agenda focused on toy safety standards, environmental regulations, and marketing challenges facing the global toy industry. The delegates also began a discussion of steps that could be taken to more effectively represent the industry across international jurisdictions.