Gurgaon, India, June 2015
The Indian toy industry is going through a vibrant period of change with increasing awareness among consumers for safe and high-quality products. This has given rise to the need for ensuring toy safety and quality standards. Being a leader in safety science, UL was accredited for ISO 17025 by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) for its toy testing facility in Gurgaon. It is a state-of-the-art laboratory specializing in toy-safety testing and certification of products intended for children. The facility also helps manufacturers identify and correct potential hazards throughout the production process.
The laboratory consists of specialized equipment, which makes it a world-class testing facility capable of meeting global standards. UL’s customizable quality and safety assessment provides services such as mechanical and physical testing, flammability testing, chemical analysis, label evaluation services, and restricted substances testing. The tests are performed by recognized methods for toy testing, in compliance with brand specifications, as well as regulations and standards required by global markets. Those standards include International (ISO 8124), European (EN 71), Canadian (SOR-2011), and American (ASTM F963, CPSIA, REACH) standards. UL is registered with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as an approved laboratory, for third-party testing requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
Mr. Suresh Sugavanam, the managing director and vice president of UL South Asia, said, “UL offers in-depth advice regarding existing standards and proposed changes that may impact future quality and compliance. Our industry experts assist with every aspect of toy production throughout the supply chain, helping to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and brand specifications. Receiving the NABL accreditation helps lead the way for safety and quality in the toy industry.”
“At present, the Indian toy industry is observing a huge transition with consumers paying more attention to high-quality products. The need for toy safety and quality standards is important to ensure a good quality product. Being a leader in safety science, we are extremely delighted to have received the prestigious NABL accreditation. This will augment the trust and confidence of our customers,” said Mr. Sarbajeet Mukherjee, the general manager of Consumer Products, UL South Asia.