The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed rulemaking1 to exempt certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWPs) from third party testing for compliance with the requirements lead, specified phthalates and ASTM F963 heavy metal elements. The new rule would apply to children’s products that contain EWPs specially for particleboard, hardwood plywood, medium density fibreboard (MDF) which are made from virgin wood or pre-consumer waste wood. The Commission accepts comments on the proposal until 27 December 2017.
CPSC contracted Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) to provide literature review reports regarding the chemical content in certain natural materials, plastics and EWPs. TERA reported that no studies found lead, specified phthalates or ASTM F963 elements in concentrations greater than the regulated limits in the three EWPs (particleboard, hardwood plywood and MDF) that does not have any surface treatments and additional finishes applied at the manufacture.
The Commission is now seeking comments to relieve the three specific EWPs from third party testing from supporting the required certification. The effective date will be within 30 days from the final rule publication on the federal register.
Since 29 December 2017, third party testing of phthalates on certain plastics2 in toys and childcare articles are no longer required third party testing in accordance to 16 CFR Part 1308. The Commission determined those plastic materials comply with the CPSC’s requirements with a high degree of assurance, manufacturers do not need to have those materials tested by a third party testing laboratory to issue a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC).