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Rhode Island Requiring Children’s Jewelry To Comply With Safety Standard

By Crystal Johnson

On June 21, 2012, Rhode Island became the first state to require children’s jewelry to be tested to a specific safety standard. Any jewelry manufactured after December 18, 2012 will be required to conform to the specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry, ASTM F2923-11. This new legislation is titled "Comprehensive Children’s Jewelry Safety Act" and applies to all jewelry intended primarily for use by children 12 & under. Some of the testing requirements contained in the standard include:

  • Heavy metals testing (such as antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and selenium)
  • Magnet strength testing
  • Breakaway feature testing for necklaces or items to be worn around the neck

These are just a few specific areas of testing required in ASTM F2923-11.

To view the bill click on the following link: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText12/SenateText12/S2482.pdf

Beyond the Rhode Island jewelry requirement going into effect, some additional states have existing/pending regulations applying to cadmium in children’s jewelry which are as follows: California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Feel free to contact our lab for additional information regarding testing to meet federal and state regulatory requirements. Our laboratory is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), certificate number 1888.01 and 1888.02. Additionally, we are a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accredited lab, our laboratory identification number is 1030.

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