History of FJATA
Many industry suppliers and retailers banded together to negotiate compliance under California’s Proposition 65. This process included the California Attorney General and several environmental organizations. Ultimately standards were agreed upon for children’s and adult jewelry that allow the sale of jewelry that is safe for the public without requiring warning labels. FJATA was born.
Subsequent legislation was introduced in over 25 states setting standards for the materials used in fashion jewelry and accessories and passed in many of them. This situation made it extremely difficult for suppliers and retailers to comply as the different laws and regulations were constantly changing. Many special interest groups pushed for such extreme levels of material content that there was a chance that no fashion jewelry could be sold in a state that adopted their proposal.
FJATA reached out to the decision makers in these states to work with legislators and regulators to set safe levels for lead and other elements that would allow our products to be manufactured and sold while protecting children and the general public.
In 2008 federal legislation was introduced as part of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, HR 4040. FJATA played a very active role in encouraging standards that are proven safe and allow the industry to make and sell fashion jewelry. Participation in this process required us to commission scientific testing, risk assessment studies, lobbying expertise and retain legal counsel.
Only through joint efforts will our industry be able to protect its ability to conduct business. These efforts are expensive but the alternatives are more expensive. The cost of the California effort alone approached two million dollars.
These issues affect every supplier and retailer of fashion jewelry and their ability to continue to sell these products. The lead content in metal is not the only part of the issue. Stones and beads made of glass, crystal and plastic are included. Glues, solder, epoxy, paint and surface coatings are also covered. We are currently engaged in a cadmium effort and will continue in 2011 with antimony.