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Testing Protocol to CPSIA Requirements - 16 CFR Part 1107

How sure are you that your products are safe once they hit the store shelves or wind up in consumers hands? What degree of assurance do you have that your products meet CPSIA requirements after they are manufactured? ... (read more)


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Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard - ASTM F2923-11

Published in November 2011, ASTM F2923-11 – the "Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard," has been approved by ASTM International. ASTM F2923-11 covers children’s jewelry that is intended primarily for use by children 12 and under. The voluntary specification includes test methods for specific heavy metals ... (read more)


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

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... (read more)


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Bisphenol A is added to Proposition 65 List

What is Proposition 65? Also commonly referred to as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65 is a California state mandate that requires the governor to publish a list of all chemicals that have been scientifically proven to cause cancer, contain reproductive toxicity or pose other dangers to the population at least once a year. ... (read more)


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BPA Facts And Why It Is Banned

On July 17th, 2012 the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) suggestion to discontinue using polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups. Since Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in the process to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins the approval basically bans BPA in these types of products. Studies have indicated that exposure to BPA can impact ... (read more)


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ATS Offers Unmatched BPA Testing Capability to 0.1 Parts per Billion Level

Applied Technical Services (ATS) has established a detection limit of 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) to test for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) in various products. This is important to note because this unmatched capability can help your company achieve compliance with various state laws, and one in particular that has established... (read more)


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Cadmium Hazards

What is cadmium? Why is cadmium so harmful? What is the current regulation around cadmium? How is my business affected by this? With the recent cadmium scare to consumers, resulting in items being pulled from the shelves, these may be a few questions you have churning in your mind. As a lab that is equipped to test Consumer Goods, Toys, and Childcare Articles, which includes cadmium testing, we’d like shed some light... (read more)


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Cadmium Regulations

Often times we hear from our customers that the pending and current legislation as it applies to children’s toys/children’s products/consumer goods can be quite a bit to keep track of. Not only are there the federal requirements set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but also the state legislation that needs to be satisfied. Therefore, as a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 3rd party accredited... (read more)


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California Proposition 65 Testing

On July 1, 2013 the California law limiting Bisphenol A (BPA) will go into effect. The limit established for total BPA content is 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). Therefore, products affected by this law cannot contain BPA above this limit. The California requirement is applicable to bottles/cups intended for children 3 years of age or younger. Find out more about the California BPA limit. ... (read more)


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CPSC Lab

Often times we hear from our customers that the pending and current legislation as it applies to children’s toys/children’s products/consumer goods can be quite a bit to keep track of. Not only are there the federal requirements set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but also the state legislation that needs to be satisfied. Therefore, as a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 3rd party accredited lab, ... (read more)


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CPSC Magnets

On September 24, 2014 the CPSC approved a new magnet standard that is applicable to high-powered magnet sets. The performance standard requires the magnets to be large enough so that they do not fit into the small parts cylinder. Additionally, the CPSC has established a limit for the magnetic force. The magnet must be below the specified magnet strength. This legislation comes about due to the hazardous and sometimes... (read more)


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CPSC Phthalates

The CPSC has proposed a new safety standard for phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. Since 2012, the CPSC has required toys and childcare articles to be third-party tested for DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOP. The Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) continually researches phthalates and recommended an expansion of the current listing, which the CPSC has approved. The new proposed ... (read more)


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CPSC Standards

On December 31, 2011 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will lift the stay on enforcement for testing and certification of toys and children’s products. Therefore, those involved in the manufacturing and selling of toys will be required to perform third party testing for compliance with the toy safety standard ASTM F963-08 and meet the phthalate requirement (limit is 1000 ppm per regulated phthalate)... (read more)


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CPSIA Compliant

Am I required to test my products in accordance with the CPSIA requirements? Where do I begin with my testing and compliance program? These are common questions that Applied Technical Services (ATS) customers pose. Testing and certifying your products not only applies to toys, but is also contingent upon whether your item is a children’s product. We, at ATS, know that some items are intended for adults,... (read more)


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CPSIA Flame Retardant Regulations

The US House of Representatives has introduced a bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The proposal is to amend the CPSIA to ban flame retardant chemicals from being used in resilient filling materials in children's products. The limit proposed for flame retardant chemicals is 1000 parts per million (ppm)... (read more)


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EN 71 - European Testing for Toy Safety

What is EN 71? EN 71 is the European Standard for Toy Safety Testing.This standard applies in the following countries for toys sold to children under the age of 14 years: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, ... (read more)


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Flammability Testing

Are your items required to undergo Flammability Testing? If your toy/item is designed for children under 14, then, yes, it is required to undergo flammability testing. ASTM F963-08 contains the specification for toy flammability testing and states that "materials other than textiles (excluding paper) used in toys shall not be flammable."... (read more)


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Fire Retardant Standards

Chlorinated Tris Flame Retardants - Regulation by State - A number of states are implementing laws impacting the use of specific chlorinated tris compounds, which are flame retardant chemicals added to products such as foam. TDCPP is one that tops the list for most states. TDCPP was banned from use in children's sleepwear in the 1970s, but is still used in polyurethane foam. The states listed below have passed laws... (read more)


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Formaldehyde Testing Laboratories

Formaldehyde Testing Requirements – On the Horizon - Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used in building materials and to manufacture various household products. Formaldehyde is colorless, flammable, and has an offensive odor. Some products that formaldehyde is typically found in include plywood, glue, cosmetics, fabrics, and many others. Here in recent years, the use of formaldehyde in ... (read more)


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ATS is a ISO Certified Company recently audited to 9001:2008 Standard

SAI Global conducted an audit of Applied Technical Services, Inc. during November of 2015 to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. The purpose of this audit was to determine the degree of ATS, Inc.’s compliance with relevant criteria based on the evidence obtained during the audit. The audit reviewed ATS, Inc. ... (read more)


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Lead Exposure Limits - CPSC Lowers Lead Limit for Children’s Products

On July 13, 2011 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-2 that it is technologically feasible for companies to produce products below the 100 parts per million (ppm) proposed limit. As it stands now, the new limit for total lead content in toys and children’s products will be lowered from 300 ppm to 100 ppm... (read more)


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Lead Regulations - Revised Stay of Enforcement for Total Lead Content Testing

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on February 1, 2011 that they would revise the terms of its stay on enforcement on third-party testing and certification for total lead content in children’s products. The Commission voted to extend the stay on enforcement until December 31, 2011.  A children’s product is... (read more)


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PFOS Testing - Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a fully fluorinated anion, widely used as the surface treatment of textiles, leather products, paper, furniture and carpets for its waterproofing and oil-resistance. It's also used as intermediates for the production of paints, foam extinguishing agents, floor polish, pesticides and termite control... (read more)


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No matter how you pronounce phthalates --- we can test for it!

ATS is equipped and accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to perform phthalate analysis. We perform the testing per CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3 and we work with a board certified toxicologist to assess elevated phthalate results against the daily allowable limits set forth by California Proposition 65.... (read more)


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

On December 31, 2011 the stay of enforcement for third-party testing and certification was lifted. The required testing per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) includes total lead content limits in toys and children’s products, certain phthalates for children’s toys and child care articles, and the toy safety standard ASTM F963-08. Those that are small batch manufacturers do have some relief ... (read more)


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Prop 65 Regulations - Multiple Updates - BPA added & swiftly removed from CA Proposition 65 List

On Thursday, April 11, 2013 the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) officially added Bisphenol A (BPA) to the California Proposition 65 List as a reproductive toxicant. However, shortly after this (approximately a week),... (read more)


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RoHS Testing - Phthalates Added to RoHS Annex II

The European Commission (EC) plans to add four phthalates to the list of restricted substances under Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS). The four phthalates include DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP, and the limit for each... (read more)


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CPSC Clarifies Component Part Testing & Lead in Textiles

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been in the process of finalizing the Component Part Testing & Lead in Textiles Rule (16 CFR 1109 and 1500). The purpose of these amendments is to provide more clarification around testing requirements. It became evident that these rules were ambiguous resulting in... (read more)


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Toy Safety Regulations - Toy Safety Testing to ASTM F963-11

On June 12, 2012 ASTM F963-11 “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety” became effective as a federal requirement for toy safety testing. This is the revised edition of ASTM F963-08 and includes some changes and additions. Some of those include the following: heavy metal testing in toy substrates; ... (read more)


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Toy Safety Standards - CPSIA Periodic Testing

On February 8, 2013, periodic testing will be required for all the children's required safety regulations, even if there is no material change to the product. Per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the three types of third party testing that are required include: 1. Initial third party testing,... (read more)


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Toy Safety Testing

Applied Technical Services, Inc. recently attended Toy Fair 2010 in NYC. We were among the 1,100 exhibitors and over 25,000 attendees. We were present as an exhibitor, addressing concerns and detailing reasonable testing strategies with regards to Toy Safety Testing and CPSIA regulations for Children’s Toys & Childcare Articles. While attending Toy Fair, we also attended the Safety – TSCP ... (read more)


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Toy Testing Requirements

With the recent state legislation coming into effect for various states, we would like to highlight the current/pending requirements that your business should be considering as it relates to Toys and Children’s Products.  The requirements listed below may currently affect your testing programs. Toxic Metals Protection Act, H.R. 5920 was introduced into legislation by Congresswoman Jackie Speier on July 29, 2010... (read more)


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Ultra-Trace Element Analysis for Chemicals of Concern

The recently acquired Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS/MS) and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) continue to meet the growing needs of our clients to test for compounds down to ultra trace levels. As various states, retailers and countries ... (read more)


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Wood in Toys Exempt from Third Party Testing

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a final rule, 16 CFR Part 1251, for unfinished and untreated trunk wood. The CPSC has determined that natural wood of this sort does not contain heavy metals above the limits contained in ASTM F963-11. Therefore, toys containing unfinished and/or untreated wood are not required to undergo third party testing. However, wood with coatings (paints, ... (read more)