FJATA || Regulatory Issues and Private Consulting
|The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) represents the interests of manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of jewelry and accessories. For more than 225 member companies, FJATA serves as the key voice to regulatory agencies that need specific industry information. Our members comprise a highly dynamic and competitive segment of the fashion industry, providing jewelry and accessories to adults and children worldwide. In recent years, we have witnessed a flood of sometimes conflicting, often duplicative regulations at the state, federal, and international levels. FJATA was conceived as a not-for-profit organization with a clear mission: to reduce the confusion by bringing science to bear on regulatory issues.
FJATA chaired the ASTM subcommittee responsible for developing a comprehensive voluntary international regulation for children’s jewelry, at the urging of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). We commissioned testing from a member lab that was used in the development of this and other compliance documents and the CPSC provided data it had gathered. In November 2011, the subcommittee completed its work and ASTM International published the first peer-reviewed standard for children’s jewelry, the ASTM F2923-11 Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry.
FJATA succeeded in bringing the ASTM Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard to a state legislature and driving the process that resulted in a new state law requiring compliance with this standard. Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to pass legislation, dubbed the Comprehensive Children’s Jewelry Safety Act, which guarantees the safety of compliant product. We have submitted the same legislation for consideration in four other states, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine and New York and are actively pursuing further state and federal action to implement the ASTM F2923 children’s jewelry safety standard nationwide.
|The reason for these projects is that without one standard, built to ensure the most flexible safe guidelines possible, business suffers added costs that, unfortunately, have to be passed on to downstream customers, and eventually, the consumer. Reducing the costs of compliance, without compromising safety, benefits our members (and non-members), as well as consumers, who receive products that are of high quality and safe even under exceptional circumstances.FJATA is, above all, a resource for our members. Members can take advantage of free consulting services to establish product specifications and for general information. With over 40 years in the industry, FJATA Executive Director, Brent Cleaveland, brings a wealth of experience to our membership. The FJATA Board of Directors collaborates with Brent to define the organizational agenda in an ongoing fashion. Our association regularly submits comments to the CPSC in response to Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRs), initiates programs to harmonize standards for product categories, and participates in panels defining the future as it relates to fashion jewelry.
Representing the interests of our members, we know that everyone’s number one concern is the end-user, the children and adults who love wearing beautiful jewelry and accessories every day.
For further information, please contact Executive Director, Brent Cleaveland.