Sellers Get More Time on Lead Testing

Product safety board delays enforcement of new regulations to Dec. 31.

by staff writer
- Feb 03, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will give manufacturers and importers of children's goods more time to adjust to new lead-testing regulations, officials announced on Monday.

Manufacturers and importers of products that are subject to lead content limits will now have until Dec. 31 to show certificates that their items have been inspected by a certified third party in order to sell their items within the U.S. This requirement was expected to take effect on Feb. 10, but the commission voted to delay its enforcement to give sellers more time to prepare, notes CPSC Commissioner Robert S. Adler.

This was the third time the commission voted to delay enforcement of the new requirement, which was initially expected to take effect in February of 2009.

"I am hopeful that an extension of the stay of enforcement will reassure the many small businesses who have pleaded with the commission to extend the stay that their voices have been heard," Alder says. "I commit here to doing everything in my power to ensure the commission meets its rulemaking and advisory obligations as fully as possible."

However, sellers must still abide by current lead-content laws, the commission notes. Currently, the lead limit for children's items stands at 300 parts per million, but that limit is expected to drop to 100 parts per million on Aug. 24, unless the CPSC finds that a lower limit is not "technologically feasible," it reports.

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