The landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) fundamentally changed the way most apparel and footwear companies have had to respond to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In fact, the CPSC recently estimated that over half of all costs associated with CPSC compliance certification have been borne by apparel firms.
Earlier this year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) approved High Definition X-ray Fluorescence (HDXRF) technology for lead testing in substrates of children’s products, as detailed in the 1112 Rule. HDXRF technology was already approved for lead testing in coatings.
CPSC set forth new lead substrate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that recognize the use of HDXRF via test method ASTM F2853-10. These SOPs (CPSC-CH-E1001-08.2 and -08.3 for metal substrates and CPSC-CH-E1002-08.2 and -08.3 for nonmetal substrates) state that: