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On December 18, 2009, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) released a new guidance on component testing for lead paint and lead content and the CPSC announced how it would deal with the stay of enforcement on third-party testing and certification issued last February.

The CPSC issued a document entitled “Consumer Product Safety Act: Notice of Commission Action on the Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements” that explains the actions of the CPSC regarding the stay. Under the CPSC issued document, the CPSC notes that there are two separate testing and certification schemes under the CPSIA and these schemes include: third-party testing of children’s products, manufacturer/importer certification based on that testing and General Certification of Conformity (GCC) for non-children’s products based on either a test of the individual product or a “reasonable testing program.”

Extended Stays

On December 17, 2009, the CPSC took action to extend the testing and certification requirement for the lead content requirement that applies to children’s products for one year, until February 10, 2011. Even though CPSC extended the stay, they made it clear that children’s products must still have less than 300 ppm lead.

The CPSC also extended the stay for third-party testing and certification of a number of other consumer products. These products include:

• Children’s toys and child care items with phthalates,
• Children’s toys subject to ASTM’s F-963 toy safety standard,
• Caps and toy guns,
• Clacker balls,
• Baby walkers,
• Bath seats,
• Other durable infant products,
• Electrically operated toys,
• Youth ATVs,
• Bicycles,
• Carpets and rugs,
• Vinyl plastic film,
• Wearing apparel, and
• Children’s sleepwear.

For more information about the stay and statements from CPSC, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10083.html and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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In October 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a statement of policy referring to the testing and certification of lead content in children’s products. The commission provided a guidance to answer some questions many are having about the new changes to the lead content limits created in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)

The CPSC clarifies that products designed or intended primarily for children 12 years old and younger also known as “children’s products,” cannot contain more than 300 parts per million (ppm) of lead in any attainable or accessible part. The CPSC refers to the 300 (ppm) as the “lead content limit.” The commission also wanted to make clear that the “new lead content limit” should not be confused with its 90 (ppm) limit on lead in paint that is used on certain furniture and children’s toys. 

In the statement, the CPSC replies to these four questions:

  1. What does the lead content law require?
  2. How and when must children’s products be tested and certified to the 300 (ppm) lead content limit?
  3. What is a children’s product that must be tested for lead content?
  4. Must all children’s products be tested and certified for lead content?

 Take a look at the CPSC’s recent statement about testing and certification of lead content in children’s toys and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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