Consumer Product Safety

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 is one of the most comprehensive transformations of consumer-product safety regulations since the 1970s. CPSIA expands the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in ensuring the safety of consumer products, especially those designed for children. NSL is approved under CPSC to test for the determination of phthalates, children’s jewelry, children’s metal products, children’s non-metal products, lead paint regulation.

Manufacturers, importers and retailers of most consumer products have to comply with many provisions of CPSIA, including:

  • Rigorous lead restrictions for children’s products
  • Mandatory certification and third-party testing of toys and children’s products
  • Mandatory children’s products traceability
  • Mandatory infant products safety standards and consumer registration
  • Conversion of a voluntary toy safety standard to a mandatory standard
  • A ban on phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastic) in children’s toys and childcare articles

According to regulations, periodic testing must be performed by a CPSC-accepted third-party laboratory. The staff at NSL is thoroughly familiar with all of these regulations and would be happy to ensure the compliance of your product.

NSL tests for hazardous materials listed in RoHS, WEEE, Prop 65, and CPSIA.

Some of the many NSL analysis techniques for regulated substances

Test Methods
Test techniqueSubstancesPolymersMetalsHomogeneous electronic components
Mechanical preparationAllDirect measurement
Direct measurement
Chemical preparation All Microwave digestion

Acid digestion

Dry ashing

Solvent extraction
Acid digestion

Microwave digestion

Acid digestion

Solvent extraction

Analytical methodsPBB/PBDEGas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GCMS)

Liquid chromatography (LC)

Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GCMS)

Liquid chromatography (LC)
Cr (VI)ColorimetryColorimetryColorimetry
HgInductively coupled plasma (ICP) / atomic emission spectroscopy; ICP/mass spectroscopy; cold vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy; atomic absorption spectroscopy.
Pb/CdX-ray fluorescence (XRF); ICP/mass spectroscopy; ICP/atomic emission spectroscopy; atomic absorption spectroscopy.

NSL provides comprehensive quality systems, such as

  • Documentation controls
  • Review of data by experienced technical staff
  • Reference standards recoveries
  • Instrument calibration using NIST traceable standards
  • Spike recoveries
  • Blanks

When the laboratory knows all of the many exemptions to the regulations, you can save time and money. Some examples of exemptions:

  • Up to 4% Pb in copper alloys
  • Lead in glass and ceramics
  • Deca-polybrominated biphenylethers (Deca-BDE)
  • Medical & military applications