Alan P. Kaufman is senior vice president of technical affairs for the Toy Association, New York, New York. The Toy Association represents toy and youth entertainment producers and importers. Kaufman leads the organization’s work related to toy safety standards development, the environment, supply chain, and factory processes, among related matters.
Kaufman, who joined ASTM International in 2011, is a member at large on the executive subcommittee of the Committee on Consumer Products (F15). He is involved with a number of F15 groups, and he is also a member of the Committees on Sustainability (E60) and Declarable Substances in Materials (F40). Outside ASTM, Kaufman is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals and a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.
Before joining the Toy Association in 2011, Kaufman was vice president for global product safety and regulatory affairs at Toys”R”Us. Additional experience includes technical and production positions at the Walt Disney Company and at toy manufacturers such as Mattel, Knickerbocker, and Coleco.
Kaufman, who received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, is certified as a quality engineer by the American Society for Quality.