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No Third-Party Testing for Engineered Wood Products under CPSC Proposal

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing to determine that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products do not contain lead, ASTM F963 elements or phthalates that exceed the statutory limits for children’s products, children’s toys and child care articles. Under this proposed rule these EWPs (particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fibreboard made from virgin wood or pre-consumer waste) would not require third-party testing for compliance with those limits. Comments on this proposal are due no later than 27 December.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 no accessible part of a children’s product may contain more than 100 parts per million lead content, and paint or other surface coatings on children’s products and furniture intended for consumer use may not contain lead in concentrations greater than 90 ppm. The CPSIA also prohibits children’s toys and child care articles that contain six specified phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DnOP) in concentrations above 0.1 percent.

Safety standard ASTM F963, which is considered a consumer product safety standard issued by the CPSC, requires surface coating materials and accessible substrates of children’s toys that can be sucked, mouthed or ingested to comply with the solubility limits of the following eight elements: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium.

Children’s toys and child care articles typically require third-party testing for compliance with these requirements before the manufacturer can issue a children’s product certificate and enter the items into commerce. However, reports from an outside contractor show that the three EWPs at issue do not contain lead, ASTM F963 substances or the specified phthalates in concentrations greater than the statutory limits.

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