Mar 17, 2010

The Facts About JPMA

  • The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JPMA) is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry.
  • JPMA was formed in 1962 with 29 industry companies and has grown to include more than 250 member companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These companies manufacture, import, and/or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, lamps, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

  • In 1976 JPMA established a voluntary Certification Program. JPMA works with consumers, manufacturers, representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and ASTM International to develop standards for juvenile products. Today, there are more than 2,000 products certified in 20 categories. Parents can look for the special seal and be confident the juvenile products they purchase are designed and built with safety in mind.
  • JPMA publishes Safe & Sound For Baby to promote baby product use and safety. The brochure outlines safety measures for the home and car that will help ensure baby’s safety and is available in English and Spanish. More than 6 million copies of the complimentary brochures have been distributed to consumers.
  • JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month each September to help educate parents and other child caregivers on the safe selection and use of all baby products. Retail outlets and the media use Baby Safety Month to increase consumer awareness about baby safety.
  • JPMA executive officers are: Tony DeSimone, Chairman (Fisher-Price); Greg Mansker, vice chairman (Chicco); Brenda Berg, treasurer (Scandinavian Child); Kelly Mariotti, immediate past chairman (Green Frog Art); Robert B. Waller Jr., CAE, president; and Mike Dwyer, CAE, executive director.
  • JPMA provides a strong, collective industry presence through the support of a board of directors to promote charity and scholarship activity, international trade, legislative activity, and communications.
  • From 1968 - 2007, JPMA sponsored the International Juvenile Products Show, the industry’s leading trade exhibition. In response to member and industry input, the decision was made to allow ABC Kids Expo to manage all aspects of a single industry show beginning with the 2008 ABC Kids Expo. This agreement resulted in the JPMA Board of Directors being able to engage the full scope of the Association’s resources in achieving their strategic plan, which is 100% aligned with the Association’s mission and today’s industry needs.
  • JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers, and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification, and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children, and retailers.

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