Major changes in safety regulations provides for forced recalls, import seizures and significant fines, add chemical safety provisions for lead (Pb) content, and requires certification of product safety test (third-party) for importation.
Cost Burden Reduction (CBR) is critical for a successful execution of CPSIA. First-party testing is encouraged, and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is recognized as sufficient for first-party "test program". Use of XRF in first-party test program allows for reduction of third-party test frequency.
Adds a ban on Orthophthalates (OP). CPSC commissions a study of specific toxicity of phthalates (CHAP Study, 2015). Several chemicals are added and some are added temporarily. At that time, there was no first -party appropriate test method recognized
Recognizes XRF as a successful measure for CBR; must develop similar soltution for OP. Engages Actus Analytical, Inc. to develop OP first-party test. Actus and CSPC agree that Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) has the best potential, but need significant development of commercially available instruments.
This is a legitimate, first-party test for OP. Development began in 2015, and was sucessfuly completed in early 2018. A specification is published and an FTIR for first-party testing is now available for compliance with CPSIA, Prop 65, RoHS 3 (10), etc.
Three ports are chosen and a highly successful field-trial is completed in Summer 2018.
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