|FJATA was formed to promote and protect the interest of suppliers and retailers offering fashion jewelry and accessories to the public. The association is a not for profit corporation, member owned, and was formed in 2005.
As of December 2008 we achieved a national standard for lead and phthalate content in children’s jewelry as set in HR 4040, known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), that was signed into law in August 2008. Children are defined as age 12 and younger. There are various state standards for adult jewelry as well.
Many questions remain unanswered to achieve compliance with this law. FJATA is working closely with the Consumer Products Safety Commission on exemptions for certain materials as well as testing and certification procedures as required by the new law.
|The goal of the FJATA is to protect the public safety while ensuring the industry’s ability to conduct business. This effort is expensive. We retain scientific and legal experts and travel to meet with federal and state officials, testify at committee hearings, inform regulators about the safety of our products and avoid warning labels and other discouragements to the public’s perception of jewelry. The cost of achieving children’s and adult jewelry standards in California approached two million dollars.
In order for the fashion jewelry industry to make its voice heard by lawmakers and regulators, the industry must support the voice of the industry, the FJATA. If many firms join, the costs of these efforts will be minimal to each member.
In addition to our legislative efforts, FJATA provides members with discounts on product testing and test equipment. Members receive a monthly newsletter and immediate bulletins about matters impacting their business. We offer a no charge consulting service to members.