JPMA Celebrates 40 Years of Safety in 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick
In the 1970s, the U.S. government started passing regulations on children’s products, a category that had not seen much rulemaking. Members of JPMA desired a united voice in the government regulation of the products they manufactured. As a result, they began holding meetings to write their own set of safety standards. JPMA recognized the need for a stronger system of creating these standards and joined forces with The American Society for Testing & Materials, now called ASTM International.
“Through ASTM, manufacturers worked alongside government representatives and consumer advocates to create respected safety standards for children’s products. Manufacturers were then able to have a credible voice in the voluntary standard setting process,” said Bob Waller, JPMA Chief Relationship Officer. “As a result, in 1976, the first category in the JPMA Certification Program was established for high chairs.”
This year, JPMA celebrates the 40-year anniversary of the JPMA Certification Program. JPMA now certifies 2,000 products in 24 different categories. With safety as a motivating factor in most buying decisions, this testing verification assures retailers, regulators and parents that products stamped with the Certification seal meet the highest safety standards.
JPMA will be celebrating safety throughout the year as we recognize this milestone, and we want you to be a part of it. We are looking for old product images that we can share to show how far our industry has come in designing the safest products for our nation’s children. Please share your product images with Lauren Pfeiffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.