CPSC Approves New Lead Testing Method in Substrates of Children’s Products

Feb 25, 2013

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved High-Definition X-Ray Fluorescence (HDXRF) technology for the substrate testing of lead in children’s products using the test method ASTM F2853-10. HDXRF technology, used to detect regulated elements, had previously been approved by the CPSC for testing of lead in paint and other surface coatings of children’s products.

This new action by the CPSC expands the use of HDXRF for third-party testing to support product certification and clears the way for its use in “production testing” under the new CPSC Testing and Certification Rule, which became effective February 8, 2013. HDXRF offers the additional benefits of taking coating and substrate measurements simultaneously and non-destructively, reducing testing time and cost.

“The CSPC’s approval of HDXRF for lead in substrate testing means that manufacturers, importers, retailers and laboratories now have a complete, precise, and reliable alternative to traditional wet chemistry,” said Satbir Nayar, director of sales and marketing for consumer products of XOS, a developer of the HDXRF technique.

The detailed new CPSC regulation, called the 1112 Rule, approving HDXRF for lead in substrate testing and restating the agency’s April 2011 approval of HDXRF for lead in paint testing, can be accessed atwww.cpsc.gov.