The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a summary of CPSC activities that may be of interest to CPSC accepted testing laboratories as well as their accreditation bodies and customers.
The CPSC issued a final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission’s toy standard, ASTM F963–11 “Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety” and 16 CFR Part 1251 “Toys: Determination Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated Wood” (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-17/pdf/2015-31723.pdf). The rule became effective on 19 January 2016.
As part of this, the CPSC issued the following regulatory clarifications:
clarifying when component part testing is allowed under 16 CFR 1109 “Conditions and requirements for relying on component part testing or certification, or another party’s finished product testing or certification, to meet testing and certification requirements” (http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=41c72fcb7e65429fd9c15dadcaece9a9&mc=true&node=pt16.2.1109&rgn=div5); and
clarifying which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits in accordance with 16 CFR 1500.91 “Determinations regarding lead content for certain materials or products under section 101 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act” (http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=3e7636d98dae34c20e70cc20b4522f76&node=16:126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52&rgn=div8).
Further information on CPSC acceptance of third-party accredited testing laboratories, to perform the specific tests for each children’s product safety rule, is available from: CPSC Third-Party Testing Laboratory Accreditation.