TO: OUR PRESENT & FUTURE U.S. CUSTOMERS
FROM: CHRIS GANN - OWNER/CEO OF GANN MEMORIALS CUSTOM PLUSH TOYS
As of summer 2015, Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys has been reclassified as a "small batch manufacturer", which means that not all Gann manufactured custom plush toys will require 3rd party safety testing. This can save affected our customers hundreds of dollars!
Upon product review, we will advise if your product requires 3rd party safety testing* (if required, testing is complimentary on 1000pc or larger orders) When 3rd party testing is performed, we manage all of the testing and paperwork, so that each client's products are certified as safe and compliant, per the Consumer Product Safety Commission's general guidelines and the "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act" (CPSIA). All of our custom toys (plush and plastic) are manufactured to meet and exceed all applicable USA, Canadian, and Europeon safety standards.
* Generally, as long as your plush toy contains no accessible plastic/metal parts or choking hazards, 3rd party safety testing is not required.
Gann Memorials plush toys are manufactured in China, Indonesia, and the USA. In order to ensure ethical overseas manufacturing, whenever possible we utilize ICTI (International Council of Toy Industries) CARE certified factories.
The main goal of the ICTI CARE Process is to provide a fair, thorough and consistent monitoring program for the factories. The factories in turn are required to pay application fees as well as annual fees to be members of the ICTI CARE Process. These fees are used to cover administrative costs, to fund oversight activity, and to develop and maintain the website used to provide information to factories, auditors, consumers and any other interested parties. The factories are also required to abide by the spirit of the ICTI CARE Process. The CARE (Caring, Awareness, Responsible, Ethical) Process is the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) program to promote ethical manufacturing, in the form of fair labor treatment, as well as employee health and safety, in the toy industry supply chain, worldwide. Its initial focus is in China, where 80% of the world's toy volume is manufactured. Its intent is to provide a single, fair, thorough and consistent program to monitor toy factories' compliance with ICTI's Code of Business Practices (the "Code").
To learn more about the CARE process, please visit http://www.icti-care.org for more information.
Again, not all of our toys must undergo required third party lab testing, but if required they will be delivered with an accompanying certificate of conformity.
I hope that you have found this page helpful and I invite you to CONTACT ME with any additional questions and/or concerns.
Chris Gann - Owner/CEO
Gann Memorials, LLC