Kettering, UK - Test group SATRA says that it can test consumer goods to allow producers to prove they meet lead limits prescribed by US bodies, so that they can continue to sell their products in North America.
SATRA points out that the US's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August 2008, and since then there have been a number of changes to the limits of lead allowed in certain products, and to the testing required in order to show compliance.
After 11 Feb 2010, all manufacturers, importers or retailers of children's products and other consumer goods being sold in the US are required to provide evidence of third-party testing of their products and to show compliance with the CPSIA. Items intended for the children's market that are covered by the act include toys, furniture and jewellery, SATRA notes.
As a CPSC-accredited laboratory, SATRA's Technology Centre, based in Kettering UK, can provide such third-party test reports, showing compliance with the US regulations. The Technology Centre can also offer guidance on how a product is affected by the CPSIA, the testing required and interpretation of the results.
"Although SATRA is a UK-based test house, our accreditation for US legislation allows us to fully support our members selling into the US market," commented SATRA business manager, Jackie Glasspool, in a 4 Feb announcement.
For full information on SATRA's CPSC-accredited testing services, contact Martin Heels ([email protected]).