About the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA)
The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA), representing the interests of manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of jewelry and accessories, has merged with the Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA). Now representing more than 350 member companies, the combined entity will offer members a greater suite of services. As a member of the group, FJATA will be able to leverage the back-office operations and resources of Gemini Shippers Group, allowing for expanding services for the FJATA membership. We also will introduce FJATA to the members of Gemini Shippers Association and FASA, many of whom can benefit from the valuable service FJATA provides.
FJATA serves as the voice to regulatory agencies that need specific industry information. Now with offices in New York City, we will have greater opportunities to offer specialized meetings dealing with critical issues helping members navigate through the regulatory world.
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 lab that developed compliance documents using CPSC provided data. In November 2011, the subcommittee completed its work and ASTM International published the first peer-reviewed standard for children’s jewelry, the ASTM F2923-14 Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry.
FJATA went on and developed the ASTM F-2999-14, the Adult Jewelry Safety Standard that addresses all known hazards and risks defined by the CPSC database. Both standards are widely accepted and used in other countries as well. They are the standards the CPSC tests to in the inspections of imported merchandise.
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. This same legislation is under consideration in Massachusetts. We are actively pursuing further state and federal action to implement the ASTM F2923 children’s jewelry safety standard nationwide.
Our mission is to be the voice of the jewelry and accessories industries, and to be your voice in legislative and regulatory arenas. The end game is global harmonization, and to that end, we will not stop. We educate our members how to be compliant without overspending, and give them the tools they need to comply with Prop 65, cadmium limits, toxic chemical bills, SEC conflict minerals and diamonds, CBP protocols, FTC guidelines, and CPSIA, and more.