I’m really happy to report that Mattel has fully complied with our requirement that all toys considered for our awards be verified by a third party, independent lab. While we did not ask for everything, they do have a very long list of award winners between the Mattel and Fisher-Price lines.
As you know our safety requirements go beyond the current government regulations. While we do not independent test the toys, we do require companies to verify that the products meet our standards and that they are tested in an independent lab. There was some concern last week about the Mattel/ Fisher-Price toys that we wanted to review given the news that Mattel had been exempted by the government to use third party labs. We are delighted that they provided us with verification forms for the products we requested.
We will post our new lists and our brand new website on September 15th. I’ll be on the Today Show that morning to share some of our top picks in the educational toy category.