Total Lead Content: Test Methods

What are the test methods for the ban on total lead content accepted by the Commission?

 

The applicable test methods for the ban on total lead content are:1

  • Lead Content in Children's Metal Jewelry, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead (Pb) in Metal Children's Products (including Children's Metal Jewelry), Revision June 21, 2010, Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1 (pdf), effective date when third party testing is required: 03/23/2009);
  • Lead Content in Children's Metal Products, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead (Pb) in Metal Children's Products, Revision June 21, 2010, Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1 (pdf) (effective date when third party testing is required:12/31/2011); and
  • Lead Content in Children's Non-Metal Products, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead (Pb) in Non-Metal Children's Products, Revision June 21, 2010, Test Method CPSC-CH-E1002-08.1 (pdf) (effective date when third party testing is required:12/31/2011).

 

CPSC staff developed Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08.2 (pdf) and Test Method CPSC-CH-E1002-08.2 (pdf) for measuring lead in metal and nonmetal products with expanded options for the use of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF). The Commission proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR)(pdf) new Notices of Requirements (NORs) relating to CPSC methods eligible for acceptance by CPSC for accredited labs for testing to support certifications of compliance. CPSC staff subsequently addressed comments received in that NPR by developing two new methods, Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3 (pdf) and Test Method CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (pdf), which further expand the options for the use of XRF. CPSC staff believes these are reasonable test methods to employ immediately as part of a reasonable testing program to support general certificates of Conformity (GCC). Firms may choose to have these methods added to their accreditation scope in anticipation of possible issuance of a final rule relating to these methods for purposes of supporting a children's product certification. Accreditation to any of the previous versions of these test methods will remain acceptable unless the Commission provides a notice of phasing out previous versions.


1 The CPSC also continues to recognize third party laboratories that are approved to use the prior versions of these test methods.