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CPSIA Children 12 and under Phthalate and Lead Compliance

Before getting deeper into this subject, we would like point out that we are 100% compliant and will gladly print your garments for children 4-12 years old (we do not print on the toddler sized garments).

As of earlier this year (January 2012), all children’s (12 and younger) products are required to have a recall label, have to comply with Lead and Phthalates (plasticizers) restrictions and have to provide a certificate of compliance. The fines for the first time offense are up to $40,000 and repeat offenders can be fined as much as $10,000,000! This regulation is still pretty new and is not widely enforced, but product is being confiscated and fines are being issued already. To the best of our knowledge, no screenprinting shops have been fined yet, but that is about to change at some point in the future.

All of the inks we use here are Lead Free and we have switched to using the new generation of Phthalate Free inks. We use 103recall.com to provide recall services. Once the shirts are printed, we stamp them with the recall number and web site address. Any end users checking the recall status of the garment will not see any Blue Moon Screenprinting information. As needed we will issue a certificate of compliance. They are not required to be included with the shipment and they do contain our company name and address so we suggest keeping them on file at the office rather than shipping out to the customers. The certificate can be emailed to you if so requested.


So what does all this mean to you the customer? Plain and simple, we will keep you compliant! When competing with distributors in the children’s market you will have an edge over other companies and a piece of mind that no disgruntled competitor can report you to the CPSC for the violation!


Feel free to give us a call with any questions pertaining to the CPSC regulations. We’ll do our best to help clear this subject.



About Testing/Certification Compliance:

Certification and Third Party Testing

All manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of children’s products must certify that their children’s products comply with all applicable children’s product safety rules.


About Lead Compliance:

Total Lead Content

With a few limited exceptions explained below, all children’s products manufactured after August 14, 2011, must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead content in accessible parts.

Is third party testing and certification required for the total lead content requirements?

The effective enforcement date for third party testing and certification is January 1, 2012 and applies to products manufactured after December 31, 2011.

About Phthalates:

What are phthalates?

Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that are often used in the production of many types of plastics, certain inks, and other products.

What is the ban on phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles?

Congress has permanently banned three types of phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP)1 in any amount greater than 0.1 percent (computed for each phthalate, individually) in (1) children’s toys and (2) certain child care articles. . .

“Child care articles” are defined as consumer products that are designed or intended by the manufacturer for a child who is 3 years old or younger, to facilitate sleeping or feeding, or to help a child who is sucking or teething.

Congress has also banned (on an interim basis) three additional types of phthalates (DINP, DIDP, DnOP)2 in any amount greater than 0.1 percent (computed for each phthalate individually) in (1) a children’s toy that can be placed in a child’s mouth, and (2) child care articles.

Is third party testing and certification required for the ban on phthalates?

Yes. Third party testing and certification is required for the children’s toys and child care articles that are described above. A full description of the covered products is included in the FAQs. The effective enforcement date is January 1, 2012 and applies to products manufactured after December 31, 2011. Remember that compliance with the underlying ban itself is currently required regardless of the date when testing and certification begins.

Further reading:

Testing/Certification Compliance:


Phthalate Ban


Lead Ban



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