A public meeting focusing on the technological feasibility of meeting the 100 parts per million (ppm) lead content limit for children’s products has been scheduled for February 17, 2011, in Bethesda, Maryland. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires this lead content limit beginning August 14, 2011, unless the agency determines that it is not feasible.
Comments on this issue were requested in 2010, and the CPSC meeting notice includes an overview of the submissions. The agency is requesting new or additional information not addressed previously with a specific focus on products already meeting the standard, the technologies that would enable manufacturers to comply with the 100 ppm limit, industrial strategies or devices that have been developed “that are capable or will be capable of achieving a lead limit of 100 ppm by August 2011,” alternative practices that would allow compliance, data on laboratory variability, and health effects associated with reducing the lead content limit from 300 ppm to 100 ppm. See CPSC What’s New, January 13, 2011.