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6 SGS Labs Accredited For Testing Lead Paint in Children's Products Under Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

Published on 2008-10-22. Author : SpecialChem

FAIRFIELD, N.J.-- SGS Consumer Testing Services announced that six of its laboratories in the U.S. and China have received accreditation from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to test children's products for the presence of lead in paint and surface coatings in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

SGS is one of the first companies to earn certification under the revised 16 C.F.R. 1303 lead paint ban enacted earlier this year as part of the CPSIA legislation and leads the list in the number of accredited labs from a single organization. The six accredited SGS facilities are equipped with advanced instrumentation for testing children's products ranging from toys to zippers, snaps, buttons, screenprints and heat transfers on children's garments to ensure that paint and dye lead levels do not exceed prescribed limits.

The accreditation currently covers SGS labs in Fairfield, N.J., in the U.S., and Hong Kong, Taipei, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China. Additional SGS labs are expected to be certified before December 21, 2008, the effective date of mandatory third-party lead testing for children's products under the legislation. Any children's product manufactured after that date, including both domestic and imported goods, must be certified by the manufacturer, importer or private labeler of record based on testing performed by an approved third-party conformity assessment body.

"SGS CTS has been involved in testing products for lead paint for over 20 years, and we constantly improve and expand our laboratories to provide the best equipment and maximum testing capacity for our clients," said Sanjeev Gandhi, Technical Director, SGS Consumer Testing Services. "These certifications clearly demonstrate that we have the experience, equipment and staff to assist children's product manufacturers in complying with the CPSIA requirements."

All SGS labs accredited under the program are ISO 17025-accredited, as required, and can test to ASTM 963 and other ASTM standards for children's products. Reports provided by SGS can be used to create the certificates of compliance required to sell children's products in the U.S. market under the CPSIA legislation. Certificates of compliance are required for each stock keeping unit (SKU) subject to CPSIA rules.

About SGS Consumer Testing Services:

SGS Consumer Testing Services, a division of the SGS Group, is the world's leading verification, testing and certification company. The company's comprehensive testing, product inspection, process assessment and technical services cover the entire supply chain from product development to retailing for electrical products, wireless products, soft line products, hard line products and food products. SGS' global network and expertise provide a single consolidated source that can help manufacturers, suppliers and retailers reduce risk, improve efficiency and product quality, and ensure compliance to both national and international standards. Parent company SGS Group has more than 50,000 employees and over 1,000 offices and laboratories in 140 countries.

Source: SGS Consumer Testing Services


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