SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 014/16

The US consumer product safety commission (CPSC) has reopened the comment period for clarifying component part testing and lead in textiles. The effective date has now been postponed to 13 February, 2016.

In December 2015, we informed you that the CPSC published an amendment in the Federal Register delaying the effective date for the direct final rule (DFR) [1] on two existing rules to 13 January, 2016. These two existing rules are:

  • Which textile products have been determined not to exceed the 100 ppm lead content limits (16 CFR 1500.91(d)(7)) and
  • When component part testing can be used (16 CFR 1109)

On 4 January, 2016, the CPSC published a second amendment in 81 Federal Register 2 [2] announcing the reopening of the comment period and a delay in the effective date of this DFR. This change was the result of the incorrectly stated comment period deadline for the DPR on the federal regulatory content website at The comment period has now been reopened to accept comments submitted until 13 January, 2016. The effective date for this DPR is now 12 February, 2016, unless the CPSC receives a significant adverse comment.

Highlights of this amendment are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1

81 Federal Register 2 of 4 January 2016

Amendment to Clarify When Component Part Testing Can be Used and Which Textile Products Have been Determined Not to Exceed the Allowable Limits; Delay of Effective Date and Reopening of Comment Period



Clarification parameter

Effective date

Amended effective date



16 CFR 1500.91(d)(7)

Which textile products have been determined not to exceed 100 ppm lead

13 January


12 February


16 CFR 1109

When component part testing can be used

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, for restricted substances in toys and other children’s products for the US and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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Hing Wo Tsang
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t: +852 2774 7420

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