CPSC Public Meeting: X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Testing and Other Alternative Methods for Lead in Paint

Friday, November 7, 2008
Bethesda, Maryland


This meeting discussed the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) references to x-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing for lead in painted children’s products. This meeting was intended to provide an opportunity for representatives of technology providers and testing laboratories to demonstrate and/or discuss technical information related to the potential capability of their instruments, software, and methodologies to perform sufficiently accurate and reproducible testing of painted consumer products to determine compliance of either small areas of paint or in the general case of painted children’s products.

Additional topics for discussion included 1) information and means for the Commission to evaluate the effectiveness, precision, and reliability of XRF technology and other alternative methods for measuring lead in paint or other surface coatings when used on a children’s product or furniture article in order to determine compliance with part 1303 of title 16, Code of Federal Regulations, as modified by the CPSIA; 2) the authority of the Commission, as stated in the CPSIA, to rely on XRF technology or other alternative methods for measuring lead in paint or other surface coatings on products subject to 16 CFR § 1303.1, where the total weight of such paint or surface coating is no greater than 10 milligrams or where such paint or surface coating covers no more than 1 square centimeter of the surface area of such products.


Download the Presentations:

   CPSC Staff Presentation

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008(pdf)

   Non-Government Participants' Presentations

These presentations were not prepared by the Commission or Commission staff and are not official documents of the CPSC, have not been reviewed by, and may not necessarily reflect the views of, the Commission.

Bruker AXS: CPSC XRF Technology Public Meeting(pdf) 
Innov-X Systems: Testing for Pb in Painted Children’s Products Tube-based Portable XRF Solutions (pdf)
Oxford Instruments: Lead in Consumer Products: Section 101 XRF Technologies
ThermoFisher: Testing Toys for Lead with a Handheld XRF Analyzer
XOS: HD XRF Analyzer for Screening & Quantification of Pb in Toys (pdf)


Watch the Meeting:

Part I  

Part II