The Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) takes consumer safety as its #1 priority and especially the most sensitive population of jewelry consumers, children. We were at the table in California, commissioning scientific testing and communicating with the judiciary, when a Safe Drinking Water and Toxics Enforcement Act (Prop 65) case was brought against some of our members and many other companies. These proceedings supplied the impetus to pioneer standards that would address all jewelry, from low-cost items to luxury brands.Jewelry companies have always been aware of the material specifications that define the metals, plastics, and crystals of which our products are primarily composed. We needed to identify safe specifications, should a product be accidentally ingested. Although it is relatively rare for a child to actually swallow a small jewelry component, we looked at that risk as well as risk stemming from mouthing and chewing, because these are fairly common.In this manner, FJATA recognized the issue at hand, and took significant proactive steps to develop a standard ensuring the safety of our products for all of our consumers, whether they be children or adults. We had developed a scientific understanding of product safety due to our involvement with the Prop 65 case; and were soon encouraged by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to include their research in developing a standard that would apply to all children’s jewelry. That standard was to be drafted through the ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) peer-review process.
THE CPSIA AND ASTM
CHILDREN’S JEWELRY SAFETY
|Moreover, Chairman Tenenbaum stated that during tests of low-cost children’s jewelry in 2012, there were zero failures for cadmium, showing that industry has met the challenge. FJATA is working to encourage state legislators to adopt ASTM F2923 as their state requirement for children’s jewelry. We have been successful in Rhode Island, where the Comprehensive Children’s Jewelry Safety Act (CCJSA) was passed and signed by Governor Chafee in June 2012. We hold the Rhode Island legislature in high regard for their willingness to provide a legislative bulwark promoting the safety of children’s jewelry products sold in the state.
PRODUCT SAFETY LEADERSHIP
Consumer safety is a top concern for all companies. FJATA has led the way in developing product safety standards for the fashion jewelry and accessories industries. First, by developing the ASTM F2923-11 Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard, we invoked sound science and risk assessment to guarantee the safety of children’s jewelry, while providing for product diversity and job retention. Second, with the F2999-13 Adult Jewelry Safety Standard, we proactively ensured the safety of adult jewelry, while being guided by a rational, harmonized risk assessment protocol that all manufacturers can follow.
Both the children’s and adult jewelry ASTM standards have been updated for 2014, and you can view the abstracts and purchase either standard using the links below.
If you would like more information, please contact FJATA Executive Director, Brent Cleaveland.