Since June 2012, a group of Quality Assurance Professionals from leading UK toy brands, retailers, importers, laboratories and trade associations have been working together on practical and realistic compliance solutions for the UK Toy Industry in response to the Chemical Requirements of the Toy Safety Directive which will be effective from 20th July 2013.
This group of professionals, who meet regularly throughout the year, forms the UK Toy Industry Forum which is hosted by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services.
As a first major project, the Working Group of the Toy Industry Forum has developed a "Chemical Risk Management Profile": a detailed questionnaire designed to assess the processes that are used by suppliers to control restricted substances that may be found in toys.
The Chemical Risk Management Profile is freely available to toy companies in the UK and abroad.
Participants to the Toy Industry Working Group include:
Jerry Burnie - British Toy & Hobby Association; Independent Quality Solutions
Malcolm Horner - Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
Travis Norton - Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
Michael Pape - Equitoy; Ravensden
Antony Kirrane - Hasbro
Samantha Southern - Home Retail Group
Ben Gower - Mothercare
Jack Bristow - Tesco
Kevin Head - Tomy
Wendy Phillips - Toy Safety Experts
Jo Langley-Hobbs - Vivid Imaginations
Chairman: Malcolm Horner
The Chemical Risk Management profile is a questionnaire intended to assess the processes that are used by a company to control restricted substances that may be found in toys.The questionnaire can be used by:
It should be noted that Manufacturers are not obliged by the Toy Safety Directive to supply technical or compliance information to Distributors, however the decision as to how the questionnaire is to be completed and which sections are to be completed needs to be agreed between the supplier and the retailer.
The questionnaire can be used wholly or in part, depending on what level of information is required and can be completed on an on-site visit if appropriate or can be completed by correspondence.There are three sections to the questionnaire:
The Chemical Risk Management Profile is freely available to the toy industry. You only need to register to request access to the files.
Please click here to request the files.
If you are a UK retailer, brand or importer and would like to apply to join and contribute to the UK Toy industry Forum, please contact Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
31 Kingsland Grange, Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4RW, UK
Bvsales@uk.bureauveritas.com; +44 (0)1925 854 360
The British Toy & Hobby Association
80 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EG, UK
email@example.com; +44 (0)20 7701 7271
Somers, Mounts Hill, Benenden, Kent TN17 4ET, UK
Toy Safety Experts
firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0)7720 509901
Independent Quality Solutions
Unit 3 Pirton Grange Offices, Pirton Road, Shillington, Herts, SG5 3HB, UK
email@example.com; +44 (0) 1462 713322