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Hohenstein accredited to test under US CPSC rules
Dec '08
Effective on December 1, 2008, the Hohenstein Research Institute received its accreditation from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the CPSC. The Hohenstein Institute is now recognized as an independent testing laboratory and has been issued the CPSC Identification Number 1058.

Starting immediately, the renowned testing institute in Boennigheim is entitled to issue testing certificates documenting the lead content of toys and textile items for children 12 years of age or younger in accordance with the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) 16 CFR Part 1303.

The law requires manufacturers and importers in the USA to certify for customers that these products meet CPSIA standards. Furthermore, the certificate must be based on test results carried out by a neutral, CPSC-accredited testing authority. Established in 1972, the CPSC's task is to protect American consumers from unacceptable risks to health and life that could be posed by consumer articles of all types.

Pursuant to its brief, the organization recently introduced, for example, the latest limit values for harmful substances. Implementation of this legal standard regulating harmful substances is being implemented gradually in the US and affects a wide-range of products.

As a first step towards implementation, starting from December 21, 2008, items for children 12 years of age and younger can only be marketed when they have been previously tested for the presence of lead and certified test results demonstrate they are in compliance with the legally-set limits.

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