P R O D U C T S A F E T Y
Child Safety: the Consumer Product SafetyImprovement Act (CPSIA)
n a strong effort to further protect and cre-ate awareness amongst today’s child prod-ucts consumers, the U.S. government passedthe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA-HR4040) under the Bush presidency in 2008. This federallaw targets consumer products used by children under12-years old and was placed in effect to:
• Improve Product Safety• Increase Manufacturer Accountability• Enhance Data & Record KeepingThe CPSIA protects children by limiting total lead content (byweight) within a child product’s material composition, substrate(s)and paint or surface coatings. Manufacturers, importers, distribu-tors and retailers of children’s products are all subject to the samestringent guidelines and regulations:Total lead content must be under 300 parts permillion (ppm) and under 100 ppm by August of 2011.Paint or Surface Coating lead content must be under90 ppmPhthalate (industrial chemicals used to make plastics)concentrations must be under 0.1%Toy Safety Standard, ASTM F963-07 is mandatoryand third party testing reports are required for proof of complianceOnly Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)accredited 3rd party, independent laboratories canissue authorized testing reports
German TUV Rheinland Group Laboratory
PSIA certiﬁed products must be tested ata 3rd party, independent laboratory thatis CPSC certiﬁed. Without CPSC certiﬁ-cation, a laboratory’s testing documents are notdeemed credible nor will they be accepted as compliableevidence for the CPSIA federal safety law.
Industry leading manufacturers turn to the same laboratory forproduct testing and with over 140 years of company history and in-dustrial experiences, German TUV Rheinland Laboratory is the larg-est and most credible independent testing laboratory in the world.Having one of the most comprehensively equipped United King-dom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited facilities in Europe;TUV is recognized for independently testing and certifying prod-uct compliance for a diverse range of international standards. TUVLaboratory currently holds over 100 accreditations and approvalsto its resume. Ask your current or future supplier(s) which 3rd party, independent laboratory they use for product testing and whether it’s CPSC certi-ﬁed. If it is not or they are not certain, the testing documents theyprovide their customers are illegitimate and not recognized by thefederal government.
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