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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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Emily Raij, Maupin House


As NSSEA members, you’ve probably been following a couple of developments very closely: one is the economic stimulus plan and its effects on education funding, and the other is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). It can be hard to keep up with the latest news and how it impacts your business (let alone the entire country!), so here’s a roundup of helpful sources of information—including some graphics since most of us have enough to read already!


Economic stimulus



·        Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) Web page on CPSIA

·        US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web page

·        Amazon’s selling policies: make sure you meet Amazon’s requirements for compliance, such as including cautionary statements on your item detail pages


Other issues in education


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