The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that it is “amending the criteria and process for commission acceptance of accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies for testing to the lead paint ban regulations.”

Effective April 5, 2011, the revised requirements specify the test methods that must be referenced when third-party conformity assessment bodies apply for accreditation. CPSC requests comments by May 5.

CPSC will require that one or more of the following test methods be referenced: (i) “the existing CPSC Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Lead (Pb) in Paint and Other Similar Surface Coatings, CPSC–CH–E1003–09 and/or CPSC–CH–E1003–09.1”; and/or (ii) “ASTM [formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials] F2853–10, ‘Standard Test Method for Determination of Lead in Paint Layers and Similar Coatings or in Substrates and Homogenous Materials by Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Using Multiple Monochromatic Excitation Beams.’”

According to the commission, because “many third party conformity assessment bodies operate on a two year cycle for review and renewal of accreditation,” CPSC-accepted third-party conformity assessment bodies already listed on the CPSC Website will have until April 5, 2013, to reapply and be accepted. “After that date, previously accepted third-party conformity assessments bodies that test for 16 CFR part 1303 must have been accepted by the CPSC for one or more of the required test methods to maintain CPSC-accepted status.” New applicants will have the option to apply without reference to a specific test method until April 5, 2012. After that date, “the option for third party conformity assessment bodies to apply for CPSC-acceptance of accreditation to 16 CFR part 1303 without reference to a CPSC required test method will not be permitted.” See Federal Register, April 5, 2011.