The Printing Industries of America is requesting CPSC testing data from printers to help them with their efforts to have printed products exempted from the lead and phthalate testing and certification requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is close to issuing a determination that would permanently exclude "ordinary" children's books and other printed materials from the Act's lead testing and certification requirements. These requirements are now temporarily delayed from taking effect until February 10, 2010. Printing Industries of America has been working closely with the Association of American Publishers to supply raw material and finished product testing data on "ordinary" children's books. This data will support the CPSC's permanent exclusion for "ordinary" children's books but may fall short for "other printed material" unless additional testing data is provided to the CPSC.

What Testing Data Is Needed? To issue a permanent exclusion for "other printed material" the CPSC needs testing data that demonstrates that the lead and phthalates in these products are below the Act's limits.

What is Meant by "Other Printed Material"? The Printing Industries' needs data on everything that isn't an "ordinary" book, including, but not limited to: paper doll books, sticker books, flashcards, posters, inserts, greeting cards, decals, playing cards, cardboard cutouts, etc.

Company that are willing to share testing data should contact Gary Jones, Printing Industries' Director, EHS Affairs, at [email protected]

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