2008 National Toy Summit held in Queensland,
With all the concerns on the safety
of toys in the past 12 months, the Queensland Government organized a "2008
National Toy Summit" in Brisbane, Australia on September 10, 2008.
The summit invited representatives from the industry, government and consumer
groups to gather together to examine ways of developing a framework in
improving the safety of toys, wherever they come from and sold in Australia.
The objectives of the summit include
- Set a clear direction from government
to industry on improving safety of toys;
- Develop a systemic approach to
toy safety which will result in regulators working more cooperatively
to reduce the risk of unsafe toys entering the marketplace;
- Use the experiences of 2007 (e.g.
global recalls, re-emergence of lead in toys, the ongoing issues with
magnets in toys, questions over the adequacy of current standards) as
a basis for a long term action plan to improve the overall safe supply
and safe use of toys;
- Improve marketplace surveillance
and coordination to expedite the rate of removal of unsafe toys;
- Identify ways to engage better
with overseas regulators to reduce the risk of unsafe products being
imported into Australia;
- Improve consumer awareness of toy
- Develop strategies to work more
cooperatively and proactively with industry to reduce the risk of unsafe
toys entering the marketplace.
The ultimate goal from the summit
is to take a collaborative approach and reach an agreement that will see
the creation of a single national product safety law and framework to
improve the overall safe supply of toys in the Australian marketplace.
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