» Recognition of accredited laboratories in the Toy Industry

18 December, 2008

Following some high profile scares regarding the safety of toys, the US authorities have mandated that certain testing activities must be carried out by an ILAC signatory accredited laboratory in order for the products to be placed in the US market. This is further recognition of the trust that continues to be placed on accredited conformity assessment.

Starting with lead in paint, and progressing forward to cribs, pacifiers, small parts, children’s metal jewellery, baby bouncers, walkers, jumpers, and eventually to nearly all children’s products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission must publish a list of approved laboratories to test these products.

Detailed testing requirements for the products listed above, along with instructions on registering as a third party testing laboratory with the CPSC, can be found on the CPSC website.