U.S. CPSC Approves New Technology For Testing Lead in Children’s Products

February 25, 2013
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved technology for lead in substrate testing of children’s products. High-Definition X-Ray Fluorescence (HDXRF) technology for lead in substrate testing of children’s products uses test method ASTM F2853-10. HDXRF technology, used to detect regulated elements, had previously been approved by the CPSC for testing of lead in paint and other surface coatings of children’s products.

This new action by the CPSC expands the use of HDXRF for third-party testing to support product certification and clears the way for its use in “production testing” under the new CPSC Testing and Certification Rule, which became effective Feb. 8. HDXRF offers the additional benefits of taking coating and substrate measurements simultaneously and non-destructively, reducing testing time and cost. XOS, a leading provider of mission-critical materials-analysis solutions, developed the HDXRF technique.

“The CSPC’s approval of HDXRF for lead in substrate testing means that manufacturers, importers, retailers and laboratories now have a complete, precise, and reliable alternative to traditional wet chemistry,” said Satbir Nayar, XOS director of sales and marketing for consumer products.

For more visit www.cpsc.gov.

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