Printable Version US Announces New, Lower Limit for Lead Content in Children’s Products

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that with effect from August 14th 2011 all manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributors of children’s products must comply with the new 100 parts per million (ppm) federal limit for their total lead content.

Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic for children, and is also associated with lowered levels of learning, impaired hearing and brain damage. At high levels of concentration it can also be fatal.

The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) sets a revised maximum level for the lead content of products designed or primarily intended for children aged 12 or younger. It should be noted that the new 100 ppm lead content limit does not apply to inaccessible (internal) parts of children’s products, nor does it affect certain component parts of children’s electronic devices e.g. electronic connectors and plugs, including headphone plugs.

CPSC will not enforce the CPSIA's independent third party testing requirement for total lead content until December 31st 2011, due to a stay of enforcement that is already in place. 

FedEx customers should be aware that the current stay of enforcement does not apply to children's metal jewelry, which must therefore still undergo independent third party testing.

To view the full release on CPSC's web site, go to

For further information contact Customer Service on 1800 22 6161/1800 209 6161