Children's books and the CPSIA Lead tests
- Hi everyone........I have been in a panic since I saw a post on one of the
listservs about lead testing for printed children's books.......saw it
right before I left for the holidays........
For those needing to print before the end of the year to offset some taxes,
I found this piece below on the CPSIA website......it says anything
MANUFACTURED after February 2009 has to comply.........
Might help anyone in a similar situation as myself.......
We will still have to comply, but at least I can hopefully find out some
more information about the new law before I go to print with my next
Once the ASTM F963-07 Toy Standard becomes mandatory, will toys need to be
tested for lead and other heavy metals in paint according to F963-07 or
according to 16 CFR § 1303.1 or both?
The answer to this question will change over the course of the next year.
Until February 10, 2009, toys must meet CPSCs lead paint rule at 16 C.F.R.
§ 1303.1. For paint and similar surface coatings, and certain consumer
products, 16 CFR § 1303.1 specifies that the maximum allowable total lead
content is 0.06% based on the total weight of the non-volatile portion of
the paint (which is equivalent to 600 ppm). As of August 14, 2009, the
maximum allowable total lead content of such items will fall to 0.009%
(which is equivalent to 90 ppm). The test method for compliance with 16 CFR
§ 1303.1 used by the CPSC staff is available on the CPSC website at:
The Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, ASTM F963-07
becomes a mandatory consumer product safety standard on February 10, 2009.
This standard additionally places limits on the amount of lead (and other
heavy metals, namely antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury
and selenium) based on the soluble portion of that material using a
specified extraction methodology given in the standard. Toys manufactured
after February 10, 2009, will have to meet these requirements.
Beginning on August 14, 2009, however, the soluble limit testing for lead
paint under ASTM F963-07 will not be necessary because the maximum total
lead content in paint will be reduced to 90 ppm in 16 CFR § 1303.1, which
would be a more stringent requirement in all cases. It will remain
necessary to conduct ASTM F963-07 solubility testing for antimony, arsenic,
barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and selenium, as those are not covered
by 16 CFR § 1303.1.
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