Because we have strong capacities and recognition. Each day, API issues nearly 40 inspections reports for toys and childcare product. Since 2005, API is a member of the AFNOR toys committee.
Because we are endorsed by the key sector players; International retailers entrust API with their toys quality control as well as product specialists; French national players as well French international specialists.
Because we are constantly building our capabilities to meet all market needs: in 2011, we are investing in new testing capacities for toys and furniture in our recently acquired lab in France.
Protecting children is the major concern of parents around the world. Ensuring that they play with toys that do not and cannot harm them is a must in any country. In term of home products, toys safety regulations (just after cosmetics) are amongst the most stringent ones.
Toys lab testing requires both mechanical and chemical expertise. Our extensive knowledge in both of these fields provides you with access to the-state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable staff.
API can currently provide you with:
A Notified Body verifies the compliance of a product by conducting conformity assessment. It also ensures that the technical documentation sufficiently supports product compliance.
When the Notified Body is convinced of a product's compliance, it issues a certificate of conformity to confirm this. Only a notified body is entitled to do so. (Source: European Commission Enterprise and Industry CE marking).
API is a member of AFNOR ( Agence Francaise de Normalisation) and the Toys Standardization Committee in France.The objective of this committee is:
For more information about this committee's objectives please refer to this document published in the AFNOR website (French only).
API's extensive production line experience and its team of technical auditors, API can help support your company in its efforts to assess your supplier's capacities. By evaluating its internal quality control capabilities, its overall raw materials traceability or its production equipment you are able to pre-select reliable sources with which to build a good supplier relationship that is long term.
To improve your overall product quality, you may sometimes need to analyze the production process in closer details. API Audit has developed Audit grids to help you understand the factory's overall capabilities from the standpoints of: