While lead is of primary concern, the Truesdail testing program can test for an certify products for the broad spectrum of toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, hexavelent chromium, beryllium, etc. Truesdail employs the product testing protocols such as are in the Consumer Product Safety Commission Policies.
"Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Lead (Pb) in Paint and Other Similar Surface Coatings"
"Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Lead (Pb) in Children's Metal Products (Including Children's Metal Jewelry)"
"Interim Enforcement Policy Lead Levels"
- CPSC 2/14/2005
- CPSC-CH-E 1002-8
"Lead in Childrens Non-Metal Products"
"Specifications to Minimize Hazards to Children from Residual Surface Coating Materials"
"Determining Constituents Classified as Hazardous Contained in Protective Coatings"
In addition to toxic metals, several states (for example: California AB 1108, 2002) have passed legislation limiting the amount of phthalate plasticizers that may be contained in products intended for children. Truesdail can test and certify such products under the scope of our ANSI accreditation.
"Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Phthalates"
"Determining of Phthalates in Polyvinyl Chloride Consumer Products"
- Health Canada Test Method C-34
"Small Parts (Choking Hazard)"
Third Party Certification
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a program to accredit a third-party product certification program. This program allows organizations to certify products as meeting defined standards or specifications.
To be accredited, certifying organizations must meet the requirements of the ISO/IEC Guide 65 which includes undergoing a formal evaluation process and annual, thorough on-site audits by ANSI.
For over 75 years Truesdail Laboratories has provided "third party" independent testing of products, materials and environmental samples. We have approvals from several organizations including EPA, the California State Department of Public Health, and many more. Truesdail received ANSI approval of our certification program in January 1997. In 2009 we expanded our certification program to be in compliance with ISO/IEC Guide 17025 requirements.
The Truesdail certification program requires an inspection be made of the entire production and quality control program of a client, and requires an on-going testing and audit program be established before a formal certification is issued.
ANSI requires that organizations accredited to certify products have an official certification mark that is registered with the US Patent office. An example of Truesdail Laboratories certification mark can be seen below.
ANSI allows products and packaging that are certified by independent certifying organizations to bear a certification mark along with text that defines the specifications being met.
Would the marketability of your product be improved with a seal like this on the product or its packaging?
ANSI/ACLASS is accrediting the testing portion of our program for compliance with ISO/IEC Guide 17025 requirements. All testing data generated is acceptable for CPSC compliance reporting and/or certification. You can view Truesdail's CPSC listing here.
Truesdail will also provide testing just for CPSC compliance reporting.