The Consumer Product Safety Act, or CPSIA, is a landmark consumer safety law in the United States, which has granted additional authority to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in ensuring that products sold on the US market are safe for their intended use.
Among many other regulations, the CPSC adopted a comprehensive set of requirements and specifications with regard to children’s jewelry, known as ASTM F2923 "Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry".
By setting out specifications for children’s jewelry, ASTM F2923 aims to ensure that such jewelry will not harm the child wearing it. As ASTM F2923 is an extensive document, this guide will cover a summary of its specifications. You can find the full specifications on the ASTM website here, or contact an expert for more detailed information.
ASTM F2923 defines "children's jewelry" as an item of jewelry that is intended to be worn primarily by a child of 12 years or younger. Furthermore, in order to distinguish jewelry from toys or other items, only the following are considered as jewelry:
If the jewelry you intend to export to the US falls within the definition of children's jewelry, it needs to adhere to the specifications of ASTM F2923.
It should be noted that the specifications of ASTM F2923 addresses two main types of hazards: toxicity and mechanical.
The toxicity specifications in ASTM F2923 are mainly focused on the presence of harmful metals. The specifications are different depending on the specific metal, its location in the jewelry, and how the jewelry is intended to be worn. The following metals are included in the specifications:
In addition to toxicity specifications, ASTM F2923 also contains specifications regarding the physical characteristics of jewelry that can pose a risk of injury to children.
QIMA is able to test your jewelry and ensure it conforms to the ASTM F2923 specifications. In addition, QIMA is able to test jewelry against the import specification of Canada and the EU, and any stand-alone laboratory tests as required by your market.
We operate 3 in-house labs and additionally offer you services of our preferred partner labs in over 120 countries around the world.
Get in contact with QIMA today to make sure your jewelry is ready for export.