Audit Firms: companies that have been evaluated and found competent to review whether factories comply with the ICTI Code.
Auditor Training: training by ICTI of individual auditors selected for accreditation in the ICTI CARE Process; generally a two-day program
Brand: either a direct customer of a factory or a customer of a toy company supplied by a factory. Often but not always a Member Company. May also be a retailer.
Compliance (Seal of): A document evidencing that a factory was deemed by an ICTI-accredited Audit firm to be in compliance with the ICTI Code as of the time of the ICTI Audit.
Corrective Action Plan (CAP): the document outlining what steps need to be taken and within what time frame (30, 60 or 90 days) in order that the factory be in compliance (after an ICTI Audit where the factory is found not to be in full compliance) at the Follow-up Audit.
EHS manager/staff: environmental, health and safety manager/staff of a factory or company.
Factory Participation in ICTI CARE Process: Factory management signs up to receive application and information about participating in ICTI CARE Process and about eventually being audited for compliance with ICTI Code.
Factory Registration with ICTI CARE Process: Once a factory is found to comply with ICTI Code, its managers register the factory with the ICTI Secretariat, pay a registration fee and receive an ICTI Seal of Compliance.
Familiarization Training: training of EHS managers/staff to help them prepare their company for an ICTI Audit.
Follow-up Audit: A second round visit to a factory by an Audit firm to confirm that it has fully implemented steps the Audit firm recommended in the Corrective Action Plan.
ICTI: International Council of Toy Industries
ICTI Board: consists of one representative from every Member Association.
ICTI Executive Committee: consists of the ICTI President plus one representative from each of the Europe, Americas and Asian regional members.
ICTI Code: the ICTI Code of Business Practices, the main documents of which are:
The ICTI Code may be amended from time to time by a technical editorial panel of experts, and any audits under the ICTI CARE Process (ICTI Audit, Review Audit, etc.) will use the latest official revision. Revised versions will be posted on the ICTI web site: www.toy-icti.org
ICTI President: elected every three years; currently T. S. Wong, Hong Kong Toys Council.
ICTI Secretariat: The administrative headquarters of ICTI, located within the US Toy Industry Association Offices in New York.
ICTI CARE Foundation (ICF): This is an independent, non-progit organization, whose purpose is to ensure that the ICTI CARE Process is conduted in an open and correct manner.
ICF Governance Board: This is the governing board of the ICTI CARE Foundation, charged with supervision of the ICTI CARE Process, which broadly includes setting policy, raising funds and approving budgets, evaluating and deciding on Technical Advisory Board recommendations, providing guidance and reporting publicly.
ICTI CARE Foundation Secretariat: The administrative headquarters of the ICF, located in New York.
ICTI CARE Foundation Asia, Ltd. (ICFAL): for purposes of this Glossary, the office, located in Hong Kong, that administers the operations of the ICTI CARE Process.
ICTI CARE Process (ICP): The program set up by ICTI to drive an increase in the number of factories that comply with the ICTI Code or that are evaluated for compliance with the ICTI Code, though accrediting Audit firms and Individual Auditors, acknowledging the achievement of factories that comply by issuing a Seal of Compliance, and verifying the integrity of the system by establishing a Governance Board with means such as QC audits to carry out its responsibilities.
ICP Audit: the evaluation of a factory by an ICTI-accredited Audit firm with respect to the factory's compliance with the ICTI code, specifically in Environment, Health, Safety and Labor matters.
Individual auditors: individuals employed by Audit firms whose personal credentials have been evaluated and who have been found competent through experience, education and training to evaluate factories with respect to their compliance with the ICTI Code.
Member Association: a national toy industry organization that is a member of ICTI
Member Company: A company that manufacturers, imports or distributes toys and is a member of one of the Member Associations.
NDA: non-disclosure agreement
Quality Control (QC) Audit: An evaluation of a factory previously found by an Audit firm to be in compliance with the ICTI Code, carried out by a different Audit firm or by ICFAL staff auditors, as part of the Governance Board's oversight responsibility to verify the integrity of the ICP Compliance Program.
Review Audit: Audit conducted annually after factory initially receives Seal of Compliance to verify that factory continues to conform to ICTI Code.
Technical Advisory Council: Located in Hong Kong and chaired by Marty Cahill, this is a group of toy industry experts on manufacturing practices and labor matters for toy factories whose members work for major toy companies, licensors, or toy retailers. It provides advice and recommendation on all matters requiring technical expertise, including adjudication of disputes related to application of the ICTI CARE Process.
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