SOURCE: Specialized Technology Resources, Inc.

December 14, 2010 13:54 ET

STR to Present Free Seminar "Enhancing Consumer Protection - A Global Look at Regulations Impacting the Toy Industry"

Visit STR at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair - Booth #3D-C44 January 10-13, 2011, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

ENFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Specialized Technology Resources, Inc.'s (STR) Quality Assurance division will present a free seminar during the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair on "Enhancing Consumer Protection - A Global Look at Regulations Impacting the Toy Industry" to provide manufacturers, retailers, and importers with an in-depth understanding of current and upcoming toy regulations in major markets around the world. The half-day seminar will be held on January 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (HKT) at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in the Concord Room.

Attendees will receive the latest information on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, including additional product safety requirements that will go into effect in 2011; an update on European chemical legislation, including new restrictions for certain substances and mixtures; an overview of EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC; and a look at the International Council of Toy Industries' Care Process, which aims to ensure safe and humane workplace environments for toy factory workers worldwide.

"The regulatory landscape for the toy industry continues to evolve as regulators around the world work to enhance consumer protections," said Susan DeRagon, Associate Director of Toys and Premiums STR North America. "Manufacturers, retailers, and importers need to stay up-to-date and in compliance with the latest regulations if they want to maintain their quality and safety standards."

In addition, STR's Dr. Anne Bonhoff, Global Head of Chemistry, will be speaking on EU directives and other regulations related to chemicals on January 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (HKT) as part of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair's sponsored events. Please check the fair's Event Schedule at for more information.

Reporters are welcome to attend STR's seminar and/or to meet individually with representatives from STR to discuss these and/or other issues at their booth #3D-C44. Please contact Amy Blumenthal at 617-879-1511 or at if you would like to set up a meeting with STR.

About STR
Specialized Technology Resources, Inc. was founded in 1944. The company's Quality Assurance division provides testing, audit, certification, and responsible sourcing services to help ensure that clients have the highest level of confidence in the quality, safety, and social standards of their products and systems. Based in Enfield, CT, STR has sophisticated laboratories and offices in over 30 countries across five continents, and the reach to provide audit services in over 140 countries around the world. Visit STR Quality Assurance at

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If you would like to meet with STR staff at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair to talk about global toy industry regulations, overall toy quality and safety issues, and other issues/trends, please contact Amy Blumenthal at 617-879-1511 and she can arrange a meeting time. Also, visit STR's booth #3D-C44 at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair.

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