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CPSC Announces Withdrawal of Testing Exemption for Toys

October 16, 2015

UNITED STATES - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the withdrawal of the direct final rule removing third-party testing requirements for heavy elements in unfinished and untreated wood used in toys.

Released on July 17, 2015, the direct final rule stated that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not have the following heavy elements beyond the limits covered in the toy standard (ASTM F963-11):

  • antimony
  • arsenic
  • barium
  • cadmium
  • chromium
  • lead
  • mercury
  • selenium

The decision to withdraw has been a result of receipt of “significant adverse comments.”  The withdrawal is in effect as of September 10, 2015.