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We are a consulting firm dedicated to service all aspects

of consumer product safety testing.

Guidance to the beginning, middle, and end of a products lifecycle.
 

 

European Commission Sets New Limits for Phenol in Toys:

Children are sensitive to harmful substances but not all products that our little ones come into contact with are free of chemicals posing a health hazard. Phenol for example: The colorless, crystalline substance is used by industry particularly for the manufacture of plastics.  It can occur in PVC, resin bonded wood or be used as a preservative in liquid toy materials such as: soap bubble liquids and water-based inks.  It is highly toxic, causes damage to organs and is suspected of being germ cell mutagenized.
 
To protect children the European Commission has amended the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC and set new limits for the use of phenol in toys.

According to Annex II Appendix C of the Directive, the following limits will apply in the future:

  • 5 mg/l (migration limit) in polymeric materials in accordance with the methods as per EN 71-10:2005 and EN 71-11:2005
  • 10 mg/kg (content limit) as a preservative based on the methods as per EN 71-10:2005 and EN 71-11:2005

The limits must be applied as of November 4, 2018.

Answers to FAQ about Quality Assurance:

1. Can you help us created a documented Quality Assurance System?

CPTS will assist you in creating a quality assurance system to make sure that your products comply with the most stringent quality standards and market specific regulatory requirements. We will make sure you follow a Reasonable Testing Program and have proper checks and balances to help you commit to high standards of compliance processes that ensure safe and compliant product.

2. Is your Quality Assurance system certified?

Yes, we only use 3rd party accredited labs and standards.

3. What is the reference standard?

Reference standards are country specific and product is tested to meet all applicable marketplace requirements.

4. Who is the certifying organization?  

Our network of global labs is certified: Example of certifications:   EUR, REACH, CE, ECC, GS Mark, Ü mark, ISO, IEC, SCC, AATCC,  IABFLO, AENOR, DAkkS, HOKLAS, CPSC, NSAI, TISI, UKAS….etc.

CPSC Issues Final Rule to Remove Safety Standard for Magnet Sets from CFR

March 7, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule in Federal Register, 82 FR 12716. The final rule removes the Code of Federal Regulations, 16 CFR 1240 Safety Standard for Magnet Sets.

CPSC published the Safety Standard for Magnet Sets to establish requirements for magnet sets and individual magnets marketed to be used with or as magnet sets on October 3, 2014. On December 2, 2014, Zen Magnets LLC (Zen) filed a petition in the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals challenging the standard. The Tenth Circuit concluded that the CPSC’s rule has provided incomplete and inadequately explained findings.