Archive for the ‘Lead and Phthalates’ Category

Navigating New Product Safety Laws for Secondhand Sellers

Navigating New Product Safety Laws for Secondhand Sellers

Ever since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) passed in 2008, new rules have been rolling out that impact what can and cannot be sold in the United States. Most of the laws pertain to children’s products, but others deal with broader issues such as lead paint that apply to all products. Some of [...]

Unsafe Halloween Products a Global Concern


With October 31st quickly approaching, concern over the safety of Halloween products grows. Over the past 10 years, the majority of Halloween-related product recalls have occurred in October, which seems to suggest that hazardous products are pulled quickly, as soon as they hit the shelves. However, taking a closer look, we note that recalled Halloween [...]

Another Consumer Product Safety Act – Better or Worse?

Another Consumer Product Safety Act – Better or Worse?

What is the CPSEA and how is it different from the CPSIA? This summary explains the main points of the new bill.

CPSC Postpones Testing and Certification Requirements for Some

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted to extend the stay of enforcement of certification and testing requirements for certain children’s products.  The stay is extended differently depending upon how the CPSC viewed the ability to comply and whether the CPSC is still in the process of issuing requirements and rules.  For some children’s [...]

CPSC Approved Interim Enforcement Policy for Component Testing

According to Chairman Inez Tenenbaum’s December 17 statement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “voted unanimously to approve an interim enforcement policy that allows component testing as a basis to demonstrate compliance with the new lead paint and lead content limits” to help solve the certification issues around the new lead limits, especially for small [...]

Does the CPSC Intend to Enforce the CPSIA Lead Limits on Children’s Products or Not?

Those who read this blog regularly, know that I generally post the facts with little added commentary.  However, a few of the Commissioners’ statements with regard to their votes on whether to exclude crystal and glass beads from lead limits left me quite confused over the stand the CPSC is taking, and will take, with [...]

Lead in Beaded Jewelry for Children: The CPSC Votes are In

The Fashion Jewelry Trade Association (FJTA) asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission for an exclusion on lead limits for glass and crystal beads used in children’s jewelry and other products.  The vote came in late today: 1.    Tenenbaum:     Denied 2.    Moore:             Denied 3.    Nord:               Stay of Enforcement Although [...]

Videos of CPSC Meetings Regarding Phthalates, ATVs and Bicycles Available Online

The CPSC is holding a series of public meetings to address issues related to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA of 2008).  Some of the meetings are presentations designed to clarify finalized, or nearly final rules, others are roundtable discussions in which the CPSC has asked the public to participate, providing input and data [...]

CPSC Seeks Help from the Public in Determining What Products to Exempt from Phthalate Bans

Limits on phthalates in certain child care articles and toys became effective on February 10, 2009.  To address confusion over exactly what products qualify as “child care articles” or “toys,” the CPSC staff recently issued proposed guidelines to define both terms.  In addition, the proposed guidelines provide guidance on how to determine whether a product [...]

New Rules: Phthalates, Lead Ban Exemptions and Prosecution for Violators

The number of rulings and interpretations that have been handed down from the CPSC over the last few days is enough to make anyone’s head spin.  For manufacturers and retailers who must understand and comply with these rules, many of which go into effect in just two days on Tuesday, February 10th, the confusion has [...]

Court Reverses CPSC Interpretation on Phthalates in Children’s Products – Ban Applies to Current Inventory

Previously, the CPSC General Counsel advised that, based on its interpretation of the CPSIA, the banned phthalates only applied to designated products manufactured or imported on or after February 10, 2009, but that any products already produced and in the US could still be sold. In a recent suit filed against the CPSC claiming that [...]

Which Electronic Children’s Products are Exempted from the Lead Ban: Commission Rules

To address the lag time between when manufacturers of electronics must comply with the lead ban (02/10/09) and when they will know which products are exempt from the lead ban (after 02/17/09), the Commission announced that it is withdrawing the proposed rule. In its place, the Commission has posted an “interim” final rule which spells out exactly which electronic products, or components of electronic products will be exempted.

CPSC Stay on Testing and Certification Requirements: What Does it Mean to Manufacturers and Retailers?

As news broke Friday afternoon that the CPSC has granted a one year stay on certain product testing and certification requirements, manufacturers breathed a collective sigh of relief.  But what does the stay really mean?  How much relief can manufacturers expect?  And, what about the retailers, will this stay hurt more than help?  Let’s take [...]

Lead, Phthalates and Sellers of Children’s Products – What’s All the Fuss? An Explanatory Overview for Consumers

As of February 10, 2009 it is against the law to manufacture or sell any children’s product over the then-current lead limits. However, phthalate bans apply only to products manufactured on or after February 10, 2009. Products containing the banned phthalates can still be sold if they were manufactured before February 10, 2009.

Commission Accepts Staff’s Lead Exemption Proposals

All four of the CPSC staff’s proposals on exemptions to the lead limits established by the CPSIA were approved by the Commission and were printed in the Federal Register (FR) today, January 15, 2009.  You can find links to the specific FR pages and summaries of the lead-exemption proposals here. Before finalizing their ruling, the [...]