Intertek's regulatory experts verify the constructional integrity, safety, and quality of a variety of toys and children’s products with innovative testing, auditing, and inspection services.
Children develop their cognitive, fine and large motor skills through using various exploration strategies such as mouthing, insertion, and throwing of objects. The risk exposure to possible hazards increase exponentially for children as they test the limits and capabilities of objects and themselves. Therefore, children’s products and toys tend to have stricter regulations than other products, to help protect children from unnecessary exposure to hazards.
At Intertek, we strive to facilitate the creation of the safest environment possible for children by enhancing the design, safety, and quality of toys and children’s products, through:
In addition to safety and performance testing, Intertek also offers research and development services that incorporate real-life child observation and risk analysis to assess, identify and predict potential hazards in toys and children’s products at the concept stage.
Intertek’s global accreditations in toy and children’s products testing include the U.S. CPSIA, EU Toy Safety Directive, ASTM International, Health Canada’s CPSA, GB Standards and International Standards Organization (ISO), as well as a number of state regulations including California’s Prop 65, Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act and Maine’s Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products Act.
In addition to Toys & Children’s Products, Intertek helps clients build, maintain, and protect their brands through advisory services that go above and beyond regulatory compliance.
Our experts also actively participate in a broad range of advisory committees and boards developing standards for children’s products, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
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