In light of the recent spate of product recalls by toy manufacturers, GIMA has quickly added its voice to those praising UK-based suppliers and spelt out the dangers of importing from overseas.
The association's director Neil Gow said recent product recalls from Mattell and Fisher-Price was a timely reminder for manufacturers and retailers to be extra vigilant on their quality control and product testing.
"Retailers who are purchasing from UK-based suppliers have little to worry about as their suppliers are repsonsible for product specification, manufacture and quality control," Mr Gow said.
He added that the responsibility of importing goods from overseas lies with retailers to ensure products are of a suitable standard, safe and suitable for purpose.
Compensation claims he said are costly, and insurance take a long time to reach a satisfactory conclusion.