This Request for Information (RFI) is seeking information on materials that do not, and will not; contain the prohibited elements or chemicals in concentrations above the legally allowable limit. Information provided by the public concerning the characteristics of such materials will be used to develop recommended courses of action for the Commission.
This RFI consists of four parts, seeking data and information concerning the following children’s products and materials used to manufacture those products:
- Toys subject to ASTM F963-11, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, and the presence, if any, or at what levels, of the eight elements designated in section 4.3.5 of the standard. The solubility of each element is limited to no more than the levels listed in Tables 1 and 2 of the standard. Additionally, for accessible component parts of toys primarily intended for children 12 years old and younger, the lead content must be no greater than 100 parts per million (ppm), and the lead content of paints or surface coatings must be no greater than 90 ppm, in accordance with section 101 of the CPSIA;
- Toys and certain child care articles, and the presence, if any, or at what levels, of the six prohibited phthalates listed in section 108 of the CPSIA. These products are subject to a maximum concentration of 1000 ppm (or 0.1 percent) for each of the six prohibited phthalates;
- Manufactured woods and the presence, if any, or at what levels, of lead. Accessible manufactured wood in children’s products is subject to the maximum allowable lead content requirement of 100 ppm;
- Synthetic food dyes and the presence, if any, or at what levels, of lead. Accessible synthetic food dyes in children’s products are subject to the maximum allowable lead content requirement of 100 ppm.
The agency requests written responses to the RFI by June 17, 2013. See Federal Register, April 16, 2013