December 20, 2011 12:45 ET

UL-STR to Present Free Seminar "Navigating the New Toy Safety - Best Practices and a Framework for Compliance" Featuring CPSC Presentation on U.S. Toy Regulations

ENFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - UL-STR will present a free seminar during the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair on "Navigating the New Toy Safety - Best Practices and a Framework for Compliance" to provide manufacturers, retailers, and importers with an in-depth understanding of best practices in toy safety and a framework for compliance with toy regulations around the world. The half-day seminar, which includes a presentation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on U.S. toy regulations, will be held on January 9, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (HKT) at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel.

The seminar will deconstruct complex safety requirements and provide vital regulatory updates including:

Update on U.S. Toy Regulations - DeWane Ray, Assistant Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will provide an overview of recent injury data associated with toys, as well as an update on the CPSIA and recent Commission action on testing and certification of children's products. Susan DeRagon, Associate Director, Toys and Premiums Group, UL-STR, will provide updates on the U.S. toy safety standard, ASTM F963, as well as U.S. state legislation.

EU Toy Directive Technical File - Keith Richards, Technical Director, European Toys and Children's Products, UL-STR, will demystify this record-keeping requirement.

EU Toy Directive Risk Assessment - Karon Millar, Technical Manager, European Toy Safety Group, UL-STR, will discuss key elements of the Technical Documentation File.

Best Practices for Chemical Management - Dr. Anne Bonhoff, Global Head of Chemistry, UL-STR, will discuss the good chemical management program in relation to the EU Toy Safety Directive and other restricted substances legislation.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. To register for the seminar, contact or register online at

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

Visit UL-STR at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair - Booth #3D-C44
January 9-12, 2012
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

About UL-STR
Trusted the world over, UL-STR is an independent provider of quality assurance testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry. Our reach encompasses over 30 countries across five continents and the capability to provide audit services in over 140 countries. We identify critical control points in the supply chain, develop quality and safety protocols, and verify compliance. UL-STR is part of UL Verification Services, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

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