Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2024

What’s happening?

The Ethical Toy Program understands that as the Chinese New Year approaches, most factories located in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will temporarily cease production as they close for the festive period and many workers take holiday to reunite with family back in their hometowns.

In order to allow time for Chinese New Year 2024 celebrations, the Ethical Toy Program will instruct our accredited firms to not conduct audits and Progress Visits from 29th Jan to 25th Feb 2024. (2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after Chinese New Year).

Please note: these arrangements only apply to factories located in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Audit and Progress Visit arrangements for other parts of the world will be unaffected.


What do I need to do?

We ask all factories located in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to please pay attention to the following dates:

  • Last audit/PV date before Chinese New Year: 26th Jan 2024 (Fri)
  • First audit/PV date after Chinese New Year: 26th Feb 2024 (Mon)

Initial Annual Audits (IAA) will be conducted 1 month after the completion of the application process*. We encourage factories to pay attention to the expiry date of their certifications and start the application process in advance with the consideration of the black-out period, if not their certifications might expire during the period in which we are not conducting audits.

  • For certifications set to expire between January and April 2024, it is suggested to finish the registration process before 31st Dec 2023.

*Completed application process means the registration has been verified by the Ethical Toy Program and the factory has settled the audit fee to the assigned audit firm.

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