Source: SPECIALIST PRINTING WORLDWIDE : ISSUE 4: 2009
Elaine Campling outlines and explains The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) 2008
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) 2008 is US -enacted legislation designed to regulate the safety of products manufactured and imported for sale in the USA , mainly targeted towards consumer products designed for children. The Act restricts the use of certain chemicals in children’s products, which must be verified by testing and accompanied by certification. Virtually all products on sale in the USA intended for children under the age of 12 are affected by CPSIA, which is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Legislation has been enacted against a backdrop of high profile safety concerns about chemicals in toys and other childcare articles, alongside a number of product re-calls. Chemical preparation manufacturers and printers may have received information requests from their customers, particularly concerning the presence of lead and phthalates in their products, due to regulation of these substances.