Equitoy, formerly the British Toy Importers Association, is a leading trade association representing manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers from the toy, publishing, stationery and gift sectors.
We represent the views of our members at National and European level through representation on product safety committees at all levels, and represent all members equally, whether they be large or small businesses.
2011 was a pivotal year for many industries with the introduction of the new Toy Safety Directive which has far reaching implications for all companies supplying product that is covered by toy safety laws. Indeed many product categories will come under the requirements of the Directive for the first time. We intend to be at the forefront of meeting these challenges by helping our members to fully understand and comply with the significantly increased legislative requirements. The year in front will present some challenges but the industry is optimistic going forward.
Before you go any further, ask yourself these three simple questions:
Do you know WHO makes your product?
Do you know WHERE your product is made?
Do you know exactly WHAT is in your product?
On 29th March 2012, EQUITOY hosted a UK toy industry day with seminars. Presentations were given by speakers representing the EU Commission, Manufacturers & Retailers and a factory auditing specialist. Clive Shelton, the EQUITOY'S safety adviser organised the day at the prestigious headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.
The event was a resounding success and those present were treated to some very useful insights into the Toys Safety Directive, how to comply and what to expect in the future. The presentations (with one exception) in pdf format are available here to download freely.
Wendy Phillips – Toy manufacture – building in quality and safety
Maureen Logghe – Toy safety Directive – how’s it going? What’s the future?
Clive Shelton – Toy safety assessments and chemical requirements
Ian Towner – Supplier checks and factory auditing – best practise and benefits