ICTI Statement on Safety of Toys Made in China
Safety is and has always been the number one priority of the worldwide toy industry. Toys made by members of ICTIís 21 national member associations are designed and manufactured to exacting standards and then are subjected to rigorous testing to ensure they comply with those standards. As new technology and innovation brings forth new types of toys, the industry works continuously to identify and implement improvements to the standards.
Despite these efforts, we recognize that recent experience has shown that, while we have very strong toy safety standards, there is a need to strengthen the testing and inspection systems we use to ensure that toys exported from China, or anywhere else, are safe.
To this end, ICTI and its member associations are preparing public education programs to ensure that there is open and complete communication of the steps being taken and of the continued safety of toys.
Work is also underway with the Chinese authorities (AQSIQ) to help establish stronger in-country testing protocols and inspections for toys intended for export anywhere.
The worldwide toy industry is also dedicated to improving the safety of toys for children in China. Collaborative efforts between the U.S. and China have led to the development of the Chinese Compulsory Certification (3Cs) mark, which requires stringent testing of toys and other products manufactured for sale in, or imported into the Chinese market. This system includes a product recall mechanism. In sum, this is an important step in ensuring safety for Chinese children, and towards harmonization of toy safety standards worldwide.