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Please accept this as certification certification that any products we are shipping comply with all applicable product safety laws. Cardona International Corp. is in full compliance with all safety regulations, both in the USA and in the European Union. (Michael Shekhter, President & CEO)

All our toys are thoroughly tested. We understand that consumer trust is crucial to our company's success. It is very important for us that all our products meet safety, regulatory, quality requirements.

USA

US Consumer Product and Toy testing includes the following tests:

Lead in Children's Non-Metals (CPSC-CH-E1002-08)
Lead in paint and Coatings (16 CFR Part 1303)
Lead in Paint and Surface Coatings (CPSC-CH-E1003-09)
Small parts rule (16 CFR Part 1501 & ASTM F-963)
Phthalates (CPSIA Subsection 108(a))
Soluble Heavy Metals (ASTM F-963 & EN 71-03)
Flammability (16 CFR 1500.44 & ASTM F-963)
Textile Flammability (16 CFR 1610)

We welcome further legislative efforts to strengthen consumer safety. As of now Proposed Legislative Amendments to the CPSIA are likely, and this is good news. We also consider the toy safety subject a Federal matter that should not be tweaked by individual states.

Proposed legislative amendments to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) are being circulated and may soon be introduced in Congress.

The draft, which has not yet been officially submitted for House consideration, proposes edits to the Act’s exclusion process that could provide added relief for several categories of children’s products. Also included within the proposal are recommendations regarding certain inaccessible parts, the prospective application of certain new limits, and consideration of an expansion of authority for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In the meantime, the overall toy safety situation in the US is questionable. During our visits to large retail chains we regularly see plush toys under well-established brands with prohibited dyes, and this is result of a simple visual inspection. Children in the United States deserve safer toys, and industry self-regulation is not an acceptable path.

European Union.

We are already in full compliance with stricter European Union Toy Safety Directives, including the most recent 2009/48/EC

On 30 June 2009 the new Toy Safety Directive was published. It substantially amends the old Directive across virtually all safety aspects. It fulfils to the highest level the newest health and safety standards.
It improves the existing rules for the marketing of toys that are produced in and imported into the EU in view to reducing toy related accidents and achieving long-term health benefits.

According to its Better Regulation initiative, the Commission has also engaged in simplifying the current legislative framework and increasing its quality and efficiency.

Directive 2009/48/EC applies to toys defined as "products designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children under 14 years of age".
This new Directive came into force on 20 July 2009, and will become a legal document in all Member States once it has been implemented into national legislation (by 20 January 2011).

The Member States must begin applying the new measures from 20 of July 2011, except for annex II part III (chemical requirements).
The new Directive brings in particular more references on chemicals by limiting the amounts of certain chemicals that may be contained in materials used for toys.

Chemicals that are susceptible to provoke cancer, change genetic information or harm reproduction, so-called CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic for Reproduction) substances, are no longer allowed in accessible parts of toys.

For certain substances like nickel the tolerable limit values have been reduced and those heavy metals which are particularly toxic, like lead or mercury, may no longer be intentionally used in toys.

Allergenic fragrances are either completely forbidden, if they have a strong allergenic potential, or have to be labeled on the toy if they are potentially allergenic for some consumers.

Recognizing that this is a more complicated area, the parts of the Directive relating to chemical content will come into force on 20 July 2013. During this transitional period, part III of annex II of Directive 88/378/EEC will continue to apply.

Cardona Toys is in full compliance with the CE Marking Requirements.