Lead Dread Begins: Major Government Requirements Now In Effect
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) officially goes into effect on February 10, 2009. The bill, which mandates safe levels of lead in various children's products, could have wide-reaching effects on the promotional products industry. Suppliers and distributors alike will be held responsible for providing and selling products that meet the safety standards laid out in the regulation.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the following press releases that deal with enforcement, testing, compliance and distribution.
Current CPSC Press Releases Regarding Implementation of the CPSIA:
CPSC Spells Out Enforcement Policy for New Lead Limits in Children’s Products Effective February 10
Starting on February 10, 2009, consumer products intended for children 12 and under cannot have more than 600 parts per million of lead in any accessible part. This new safety requirement is a key component of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act aimed at further reducing children’s exposure to lead.
In an effort to provide clear and reasonable guidance to those impacted by this important law, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing its enforcement policy on the lead limits established by the CPSIA.
Click here or visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09120.html to read the full press release and view all pertinent regulations.
CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, based in Washington, voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.
Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers–large and small–of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.