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JPMA serves as a gateway to a variety of business and professional development benefits. We understand that our members require a certain amount of guidance from experts in the industry. JPMA Associate Members offer services that support the needs of industry manufacturers. 

The following organizations have made a commitment to JPMA and our industry by joining the association. JPMA does not endorse or certify services provided by any third party entity or sponsor.

Testing Labs
Marketing, Communications & PR
Consultants
Insurance
Law Firms
Publications & Online Content Providers
Service Providers

 

Testing Labs

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Bureau Veritas is the leading Testing, Inspection and Certification provider for the global consumer product and retail markets.  As an approved JPMA Certification Program testing laboratory, Bureau Veritas can conduct performance testing for compliance to the JPMA certification program.  Bureau Veritas has over 30 years of technical experience and more than 20 years of active participation in ASTM subcommittees. This background enhances our ability to provide quality assurance services that will help strengthen and protect your brand by minimizing the risk of recalls, returns and complaints. Our “one-stop” quality assurance services include quality and safety evaluations, consulting, design evaluations, testing to worldwide standards, inspections, factory audits, and social accountability services. Learn more at: www.bureauveritas.com/cps

Bureau Veritas is an approved JPMA Certification Program testing laboratory and offers discounted testing pricing for JPMA Certification Program participants.


Contact: Megan Bunn
                Client Relations Manager
                716.505.3697
                megan.bunn@us.bureauveritas.com

 

Intertek

Total Quality. Assured.

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Intertek’s network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.

Intertek is an approved JPMA Certification Program testing laboratory and offers discounted testing pricing for JPMA Certification Program participants.


Contact: Tim Davis
               847.871.1059 
               
tim.davis@intertek.com

SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

Choosing SGS as your partner means that you can be sure your toys and juvenile products will comply with regulations wherever in the world you wish to market them. We can work with you at the concept, design and prototype stages, customizing product safety and quality assurance solutions across your supply chain.

SGS is an approved JPMA Certification Program testing laboratory and offers discounted testing pricing for JPMA Certification Program participants.

JPMA Member Special – SGS also offers testing discounts to members.


Contact: Scott Nesson
                International Sales
               201.247.9337
               scott.nesson@sgs.com

 

Calspan

Calspan’s Sled Lab has been providing accurate and reliable crash test data to child seat and accessory manufacturers for over 50 years. Calspan’s knowledgeable staff will help you navigate testing to meet government regulated test standards as well as other widely accepted test modes. The lab is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and is equipped with high speed, high definition cameras and expansive dummy inventory. Calspan’s lab has been approved by the US Government to perform FMVSS 213 testing.  

Contact: Jon Gondek
               
716.631.6885
               jonathon.gondek@calspan.com

 

MGA Research Corporation

MGA Research Corporation is a world leader in providing automotive safety testing since 1977. We operate a network of test facilities across the US, Canada and China, in order to offer our customers the best scheduling and geographical conveniences available. This includes two (2) NHTSA contracted FMVSS 213 approved labs located in Virginia (Washington DC Region) and Wisconsin (Southeast Region). Our mission is to give our customers the tools to accurately and efficiently navigate through all phases of testing and evaluation of their product. 

Contact: Matt James
                571.292.1036
                matt.james@mgaresearch.com

                

Modern Testing Services

Modern Testing Services is a global, strategic partner for fast, accurate, and cost effective quality assurance solutions in the consumer products industry. Utilizing our expertise throughout the sourcing process increases speed-to-market efficiency, decreases costs, and better positions your products to meet or exceed customer expectations. When ship dates must be met or profits jeopardized, MTS is committed to helping clients protect their brand image by providing comprehensive product knowledge vital to making timely critical business decisions. Learn more at: www.mts-global.com.


Contact: Mike Hassler
              Mechanical Engineer - Modern Testing Services, LLC
              603.630.4220
              mike.hassler@mtsus.com

 

QIMA


QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection) is a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions that partners with brands, retailers and importers to secure, manage and optimize their global supply network. With a digital platform that brings accuracy, transparency and intelligence to quality and compliance, QIMA offers industry-leading experts for onsite inspections, supplier audits and lab testing. QIMA’s in-house testing capabilities include a dedicated, fully accredited juvenile products lab staffed by product safety experts.

Contact: Susan DeRagon
                Senior Technical Consultant
                
860-416-5846
                
susan.deragon@qima.com

 

Marketing, Communications & PR

3 Peas Baby Marketing


3 Peas Baby Marketing provides marketing services to the juvenile products industry using a well-seasoned team of experts in the areas of public relations, social media, and digital media management. The team is trusted by brands as large as Cheerios and Tylenol to help manage their communications, but also have packages that are geared towards start-up and smaller businesses. Unique to 3 Peas is a 20+ year history of most team members within the field as well as five locations and compliance training/services that help you navigate regulation within the industry, the FTC, and related entities that can affect this industry.

JPMA Member Special – JPMA members receive a complimentary social media analysis.

Contact: Amanda Vega
              480.275.9797 
              amanda@babyproductmarketing.com

 

Sikich PR

 

For more than 25 years, Sikich PR and social media experts have helped JPMA member organizations launch hundreds of new products, earn billions of media impressions, handle thousands of social media conversations - and position, promote and protect juvenile product companies. Our team is made up of PR and social media professionals (and new parents!) who can help with everything from product launches, to ongoing media relations and social community management, to crisis communications, including recalls and unhappy customers. There are very few, if any, PR or media relations challenges that we haven't solved for someone, especially in the juvenile products industry.

As your organization evolves and grows, we can bring in our experts from any of Sikich's other practice areas, including accounting, technology consulting, HR consulting and investment banking - each of whom shares the Sikich PR commitment to treat each client as if they are our only client.

Feel free to reach out to determine if we can work together and help raise your organization's profile. We'd love to chat!

 

Consultants

Best Practice Quality

Best Practice Quality (BPQ) provides consulting solutions in the functional areas of Product Quality, Regulatory Compliance, and Product Safety. We offer scalable programs and services to fit your needs. With 25 years of experience within toy, juvenile products and medical devices, BPQ will guide you in the development of a Compliance Program that follows industry Best Practice and aligns with government regulations. Within the 4 structural pillars we provide the following:

  • Product Integrity Tools through all Product Life Cycle stages from Concept to End of Life
  • Strategic Industry Collaboration for achieving Best Practices in Compliance and Product Safety
  • Brand Protection through Licensing Quality Program and Supply Chain Quality
  • Tools for Continuous Improvement including Lean, Six Sigma, Audit & Training

Discover our Expertise!

 

Insurance

York-Jersey Underwriters

York-Jersey Underwriters, Inc

York-Jersey Underwriters has been in business since 1926 and has over 40 years experience with the Juvenile & Toy Industry. We are an independent insurance agency that is directly affiliated with JPMA and licensed in all 50 states. Our Liability Insurance Program for the Juvenile & Toy Industries offers A++ rated insurers, variable rates based on sales projections, Worldwide Coverage, Product Recall with a $250,000 limit, increased limits to meet all Vendor Requirements and many more coverage’s designed specifically for this industry.

Contact: Robert Witkin
               800.392.6958 Ext. 331
               www.toy-insurance.com

Law Firms

Connell Foley LLP

Connell Foley LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Our Firm has extensive experience assisting clients of all sizes and in various locations with corporate and commercial matters such as supply, distribution, purchase, sale, license, indemnity and insurance agreements.  Using a proactive approach, Connell Foley LLP also provides counsel across the full spectrum of potential liability, related to a broad range of defect claims, such as manufacture, design, failure to warn and breach of warranty. 

In addition to providing counsel, Connell Foley LLP has significant product litigation experience, which includes defending claims involving children’s products, such as booster seats, car seats, baby carriers, strollers and other consumer products. For more information, please visit www.connellfoley.com/

Contact: Mitchell Taraschi
               973.535.0500
               MTaraschi@connellfoley.com

Freeborn & Peters LLM

Freeborn & Peters LLP is a leading midsize law firm with national reach, providing clients with a wide array of legal services across multiple practice groups and industry teams. Freeborn's attorneys draw on industry-focused expertise and a collaborative approach to deliver practical and actionable advice. We work with our clients to implement our advice and business strategies, negotiate and prepare agreements, and when necessary, litigate disputes. We advise our clients on everyday legal questions, intellectual property opportunities, labor and employment matters, product liability, regulatory and compliance issues, and product recalls before the CPSC. 

Many of Freeborn's clients rely on the firm for multiple areas of legal counsel and benefit from the efficiencies realized by opting to consolidate legal services to a single, full-service provider with personalized attention. For more information on Freeborn's consumer products team and its other practices, please visit www.freeborn.com.


Contact: Jeremy D. Richardson
               646.993.4437
               jrichardson@freeborn.com

 

Schiff Hardin LLP


For decades, Schiff Hardin has defended the juvenile product industry against product liability lawsuits and regulatory challenges, leveraging our unique experience involving child restraint systems, play yards, and other children’s products. Our regulatory expertise includes the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with an emphasis on hazard / defect reporting, recall negotiations, and the successful defense of multiple penalty investigations.

Contact: Jonathan Judge
                312.258.5587
                jjudge@schiffhardin.com

                Joseph Krasvoec
                312.258.5639
               jkrasovec@schiffhardin.com

 

Stinson, Leonard Street


Stinson Leonard Street's Children's Products Group has extensive experience in the consumer and juvenile products industry. Our experience includes evaluating product warnings and labels for compliance with regulations promulgated by the CPSC and other agencies, providing risk management strategies, protecting intellectual property rights, consulting on "truth in advertising" laws, providing guidance on product recalls, and defending product liability claims. We have the knowledge and experience to help manufacturers and distributors of children’s products of all types to navigate the unique regulatory and intellectual property issues specific to the children's products industry.  Through our "Children's Products: From Idea to Production" program, we also help new enterprises position themselves for success and growth by helping them structure their new company and develop sound governance practices.

Contact: Michelle Corrigan
               314.259.4571
               michelle.corrigan@stinson.com  

 

Publications & Online Content Providers

Baby & Children's Product News

Baby & Children's Product News Trade Magazine connecting retailers with product manufacturers since 2002. We are experts in helping companies with new product launches using our marketing channels in print, online and social media to reach buyers. Baby & Children's Product News Magazine is the Industry's #1 Trade Publication. 

Contact: Lori Fisk-Conners
               Publisher
               
lori@babyandchildrensproductnews.com
               www.babyandchildrensproductnews.com

 

Gugu Guru

Gugu Guru is a baby registry “discovery site” that makes free, unbiased and highly personalized product recommendations based on a parent’s answers to a fun lifestyle quiz.  In addition to product recommendations, Gugu Guru’s team offers help along the way including registry advice by request for new parents. The company recently launched its Concierge service in partnership with buybuy BABY. Offering three affordable packages, Gugu Concierge does all the research; hand-picking the best products for parents based on their profile. Gugu Concierge registry experts also walk parents through product selections so they understand why those products are the best fit.


Service Providers

Mommy MD Guides


JPMA offers a special benefit for members of the association which provides access to a network of 150+ doctors who are also mothers, otherwise known as Mommy MDs. The Mommy MD Guides offer credibility, expertise, media savvy and passion and have a proven track record of partnering with companies of all sizes to promote their products.

Members of JPMA are afforded a 15% exclusive discount for Mommy MD Guides Spokesdoctors. Mommy MD Guides utilizes its consortium of Spokesdoctors which can be tailored based on specialty, region and ages of children in a unique matching process that identifies similar viewpoints. Those doctors provide the following services to companies:

·        Medical quotes for press releases, blogs, social media, product packaging and other marketing uses

·        Editorial support creating tip sheets, articles, brochures, etc.

·        Medical accuracy content review

·        Product evaluations

·        Potential product endorsements and recommendations

·        Focus groups of Mommy MD’s

·        In person event appearances and media tours 

  

ThirdChannel

A new era of in-store requires authentic brand reps combined with powerful technology to not only survive–but thrive–in today's retail environment. 

ThirdChannel digitizes your physical store environments, so you can upgrade your presence at retail. Whether powered by your own field team or an authentic, brand-right team matched to you, ThirdChannel puts powerful data, analytics and tools into your hands, so that you can manage your in-store customer experience at scale with the same tools and precision as you have come to expect with your eCommerce platforms.

Since 2013, ThirdChannel has worked with leading brands to help them realize their growth goals. We offer services and solutions for every type of retail execution. Discover how our people + tech + data help you manage it all. Learn more at www.thirdchannel.com

Contact: Ashley Triscuit
                
Director of Marketing
                
ashley.triscuit@thirdchannel.com

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