US Connecticut Proposes New Regulation to Restrict Toxic Flame Retardants in Jewelry for Children
03/25/2014

The state of Connecticut has recently introduced proposals to regulate certain flame retardants in products for young children and children’s jewelry to an ASTM standard.

Online PR News – 25-March-2014 – Hong Kong, China – New Standard for Cadmium Restriction

In June 2010, the US state of Connecticut implemented measures to regulate cadmium in jewelry for children up to the age of 12. The new law (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/SGS-Safeguards-10210-US-Connecticut-bans-total-cadmium-in-childrens-jewelry-EN-10.pdf) restricts cadmium content to no more than 0.0075% (75 ppm) and will take effect on 1 July 2014.

In November 2011, ASTM International announced the release of the new standard method, ASTM F2923-11 ‘Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry’ (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-20311-astm-publishes-standard-method-for-childrens-jewellery-en-11-v2.pdf). Since the publication of ASTM F2923-11, Rhode Island became the first state in the US to regulate children’s jewelry to this standard (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-10312-rhode-island-first-us-state-to-regulate-childrens-jewellery-to-astmf-2923-A4-en-12.pdf).

Proposed Requirements for Cadmium in Children’s Products and Jewelry

In February 2014, Connecticut introduced 2 proposals to regulate:

1. The flame retardants tris-(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP or TDCP), tris-(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) and tris-(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP) in products for children up to the age of 3

2. Cadmium in children’s jewelry under ASTM F2923-11 if cadmium content was more than 0.0075% (75 ppm). This is an expansion of the already regulated cadmium content in children’s jewelry.

Highlights of the two proposals are summarized in Table 1within the latest SafeGuardS bulletin (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-03714-us-jewellery-children-a4-en-14.pdf).

References:

- Raised HB 5035, 2014 (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/H/2014HB-05035-R00-HB.htm)

- Raised SB 84, 2014 (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00084-R00-SB.htm)

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