FEBRUARY 23, 2012
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is participating in voluntary standards activities related to children’s jewelry. CPSC staff has worked with the ASTM International Subcommittee F15.24 on Children’s Jewelry to develop the following standard:
- ASTM F 2923-11, Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry
The standard addresses hazards associated with children’s jewelry, including: the potential for exposure to cadmium from mouthing or swallowing small metal jewelry components and other parts of children’s jewelry; exposure to certain other chemicals in paints and surface coatings; hazardous liquids; nickel sensitization; hazardous magnets; batteries; and strangulation.
ASTM F 2923-11 on Children’s Jewelry does not include toy jewelry, such as jewelry that is used with a doll or stuffed animal. Such products are included in ASTM F 963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
CPSC staff continues to work with the ASTM subcommittee to assess, as data and information become available, the need to address other potential hazards associated with children’s jewelry.
Voluntary Standard and Code Activities:
- Staff Comments to ASTM F 15.24 Children's Jewelry Safety Subcommittee Concerning Appropriate Cadmium Test Methodologies, January 24, 2011 (PDF)
CPSC Staff Reports, Memoranda and Contracts:
- Combined Cadmium Package for ASTM F 15.24 Subcommittee on Children’s Jewelry, including: Staff Report - Cadmium in Children’s Metal Jewelry, October 2010; and Staff Report on Toy Standard Test Methods with Data from Testing Metal Jewelry and Other Materials, August 2010; includes letter to Mr. Brent Cleaveland, Chairman, ASTM F 15.24 Subcommittee on Children’s Jewelry (pdf)
- Test Method: CPSC-CH-E1004-11, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Cadmium (Cd) Extractability from Children's Metal Jewelry, February 03, 2011 (pdf)
- For further information contact Len Morrissey at LMorrissey@astm.org or ASTM International at www.astm.org