Retailers, manufacturers and importers of toys face the challenge of having to meet strict legal requirements that apply throughout the world. TÜV SÜD therefore offers integrated support including testing and certification. From 27 January to 1 February 2016, TÜV SÜD will be showcasing its services at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg. At the fair TÜV SÜD will also present its new TÜV SÜD Toy Mark, which can be affixed to toys. The company has decades of experience in toy testing and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2016.
By affixing the new TÜV SÜD Toy Mark, manufacturers can more clearly communicate their efforts to maintain high quality. The tests are based on the requirements of the GS mark but also include more in-depth chemical tests. Beyond product recalls and legal consequences, companies in the toy industry which are not aware of the latest legal requirements, and therefore fail to comply with them, also risk loss of brand reputation and consumer trust. TÜV SÜD’s services in the field of safety and quality extend from design examination and product testing to pre-and post-shipment inspection, factory inspections and social compliance audits. By relying on these services, customers can demonstrate throughout the global supply chain that product quality and safety are important priorities for them.
TÜV SÜD also supports stakeholders in developing products that meet the requirements of many key markets. However, to reach this goal, manufacturers must know the regulations applicable in their target markets. No easy task, as virtually every country defines different national requirements and technical specifications – which keep changing continually. TÜV SÜD’s services support manufacturers in gaining efficient and sustainable access to many relevant markets.
150 years of inspiring trust in technology
In 2016, TÜV SÜD will celebrate its 150th birthday. An explosion in Mannheim prompted the establishment of the Steam Boiler Inspection Association (Dampfkessel-Revisionsverein). Striking a balance between technological progress and people’s desire to feel safe and secure became a societal need. In the absence of other regulations, the industrialists took responsibility into their own hands. On 6 January 1866, the Mannheim-based Steam Boiler Inspection Association was born. The objective and mission of the association was to protect people, physical assets and the environment from the harmful effects of technology – the same mission that TÜV SÜD pursues around the world today.
In the 150 years since then, the concept of an independent and impartial testing and inspection organisation has become firmly anchored throughout the world. Today TÜV SÜD has more than 22,600 employees and a global network of operations – while remaining true to its roots. The company applies high-calibre expertise to test technologies and products and ensure they are reliable, safe and sustainable. Demand for product testing and certification has increased steadily over the past decades. In the course of the past 25 years, TÜV SÜD has issued around 500,000 product certificates. It supports a wide range of industries, from household appliances and consumer electronics to medical devices, textiles, telecommunication equipment, food and toys. The 4,500 experts in the Product Service Division of the international technical services provider carry out tests and analyses to benefit consumers by bringing them safe and reliable products.
Interested readers will find further information on this topic at www.tuv-sud.com/toys.
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