WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted 4-1 to extend the stay of enforcement for testing and certification of lead content in children’s products until December 31.

The extension does not include components of children’s metal jewel).

Effective December 31, manufacturers and importers of children’s products that are subject to the lead content limit must have the appropriate certificates that indicate that their products have been tested by a CPSC-approved third-party laboratory, in order for their products to be sold in the United States.

The stay of enforcement on testing and certification, manufacturers,does note exempt manufacturers and importers from complying with the 2008 CPSIA requiring that all children’s products have no more than 300 parts per million (ppm) of lead content. The lead content limit will drop to 100 ppm on August 14, 2011, unless CPSC determines that it is not technologically feasible to establish this lower limit for a product or product category. The CPSIA also establishes a limit of 90 ppm for lead in paint and surface coatings.

Read CPSC's lead testing extension press release.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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