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MJSA Provides Update to Lead Testing Legislation

Aug 3, 2011 5:17 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... MJSA, the association for jewelry makers and suppliers, updated the trade on changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that were approved by Congress on August 1.  The legislation, H.R. 2715, removed the requirement that existing inventories of base-metal children's jewelry meet the imminent 100 parts per million (ppm) lead content standards.

The CPSIA lead standard is set to drop to 100 ppm, or to 0.01 percent, on August 14, and under the current law would apply retroactively to existing inventories. Instead, the new bill requires only children's products made after this date to meet that new standard.  MJSA reminded the trade that precious metal children's jewelry, unless it's been treated or adulterated in some way that might introduce lead, is exempted from these requirements. Non-metallic children's jewelry has until December 31 to comply with CPSIA testing requirements.
 
"Suppliers of non-precious children's jewelry have won important relief from the burden of excess regulation, while still ensuring that the products they sell are safe and suitable for children," said David W. Cochran, MJSA's president. "At a time of continued challenges for our industry, this is great news."
 
MJSA noted that the bill includes several other provisions of interest to suppliers of children's jewelry:
 
• It requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to hold hearings about relief from third-party testing, a requirement of the CPSIA. If it determines that such relief is justified, the CPSC could then issue regulations. The bill also sets forth some of the possibilities the commission could entertain as a basis for such relief, including whether a product is already subject to rules from another government agency that require third-party testing.
 
• The CPSC may  exclude a specific product or class of products from the tracking label requirements, if the commission determines that it is not practicable for such product or class of products to bear the marks required by the CPISA. The commission may establish alternative requirements for any product or class of products so excluded from the requirement.
 
The CPSIA, which was passed in 2008, sets federal standards for children's products containing lead, including jewelry, along with safety regulations governing a wide array of other children's products. On August 14, 2009, the limit on how much lead can be contained in children's jewelry dropped from 600 ppm to 300 ppm, with the drop to 100 ppm scheduled for 2011 to enable time for the CPSC to determine if there were any technological obstacles that would make this limit unfeasible.
 
MJSA has been tracking the CPSIA since its introduction, and lobbied strenuously for the exclusion of precious metals from the requirements of the law. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), of which MJSA is a member, has been lobbying for passage of CPSIA reform legislation, with key support from the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) and other manufacturing associations.

www.mjsa.org

 

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