Designed with care
Every product sold by Artiwood Australia is safe to use, environmentally friendly and manufactured under the strictest ethical standards. They comply with recognised international safety regulations.
Three global standards are used in the design and manufacture of safe toys. This includes the European Union’s EN 71 Series of Standards (the CE Standard), the ISO 8124 Series of Standards and USA's ASTM Series of Standards. In Australia and New Zealand the AS/NZS 8124 Series of Standards governs the safety of toys.
Products tested to international standards typically meet Australian standards; particularly for small piece size compliance and the use of child-safe paints, dyes and lacquers. However, international standards differ occasionally from local standards for things like age grading and labelling.
At Artiwood we use a five part quality control process for ensuring all of our products are safe and comply with local standards. This includes working with manufacturers on testing to Australian standards, ensuring test certificates remain current and never working with manufacturers whose quality control is unreliable.
For example, we never work with any manufacturer unwilling, or unable, to provide test certificates produced by a reputable laboratory. We don’t believe their toys are worth the risk to your business, our nation's children or the Artiwood brand we've nurtured diligently for decades.
Order toys and baby accessories from Artiwood secure in the knowledge that we only source and import products which are safe for you and your children.
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Artiwood's five levels of quality control
- Our Philosophy
Artiwood Australia’s first defence against unsafe, poor quality products is our business strategy. We practice an eco-friendly, non-toxic and sustainable philosophy. This means we never import toys built entirely of plastic and avoid baby products using non-organic fabrics and fillers.
- Choosing Our Suppliers
We have an established policy of importing products from globally established toy brands in preference to brand-less OEM or white label manufacturers. Global brands as a matter of course maintain a level of standards compliance rarely matched by an unknown OEM supplier. This includes on-site quality control, independent standards testing and regular compliance monitoring.
- Assessing Compliance
Artiwood assesses every new product it imports for standard compliance prior to placing an order. Depending on the product involved this may include a careful assessment of samples exhibited at an international trade show, a review of certifed laboratory test reports and a thorough evaluation of commerical samples shipped to Australia.
- Confirming Compliance
New products imported in commercial quantities for the first time are subject to a further inspection upon arrival. We review them to confirm that their final format is still consistent with samples assessed previously. We also visit our suppliers' factories to review their quality control procedures and identify opportunities for improvement.
- Remaining Vigilant
Artiwood is a member of the Australian Toy Association. As a member we receive regular bulletins on changing legislation. We also subscribe to the ACCC's email alert service. Its updates allow us to maintain a watching brief over the compliance of every toys we import.