Subject matter: CPSIA announcement
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act – limits for lead in childrens’ jewellery
as of 10 February 2009.
Preciosa would like to inform you that all crystal components made by Preciosa are enriched with
lead, for that reason, Preciosa until further notice cannot recommend the use of its components in any
product intended for children under age of 12.
This decision is based on our assumption that crystal components Preciosa currently supplies will not
meet 600ppm lead limit set in Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act for children’s products.
Preciosa has decided to take these measures although several independent studies have clearly
proved that the lead is bonded in the silicate matrix of glass. As a result, the strength of bond prevents
the lead from leaking out in an amount dangerous to humans. That applies to even such accidents
when crystals happened to be swallowed.
Being aware of importance that childrens´ products have to your sales, Preciosa along with other
producers are applying for an exclusion granted to crystal components. If the exclusion is not granted,
Preciosa will take all necessary steps to support you to achieve your sales targets.
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Dear valued customer,
The following report should provide you with a thorough understanding of federal law
HR 4040 also known as the CPSIA (the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act of
Scope of the regulation
The CPSIA pertains to children’s products ONLY. There are no federal laws,
regulations or standards in effect for adults’ products that would restrict the use of
The state standards in California (A.B. 1681 for jewelry) and their equivalent in
Minnesota are still in effect, permitting unrestricted use of leaded crystal on adults’
Definition of products covered by HR 4040
While the CPSIA contains some general obligations, the CPSIA lead limits apply ONLY
to children’s products. Children’s products are defined as “a consumer product
designed or primarily intended for children 12 years of age or younger”.
Timing and Provisions:
Certain provisions of HR 4040 pertaining to children’s products will be implemented over
the next three years. Those seeking an in-depth understanding of the provisions should
read the law in its entirety and/or seek advice from a legal counsel.
Members of the Fashion Jewelry Trade Association may sign up to receive updates
regarding federal and state regulations, as well and a monthly newsletter. For further
information, have a look at the organization’s website (http://www.fjta.org) or call 401-
If you would like to talk to us about this matter in more detail please contact Emily
Redmond at Emily.Redmond@swarovski.com for more information.
Please note that this is not a legal advice. If you need any legal information or consultancy you
should consult with a lawyer on your individual obligations. All manufacturers are obligated to
understand and comply with the law. Guidance from the Consumer Product Safety Commission
(the organization responsible for the CPSIA) may change, so regular checking of the CPSC
website is advised. (http://www.cpsc.gov)
Swarovski North America Limited
Crystal Components Business
One Kenney Drive
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 463-6400 Fax (401) 463-4701
Some of the base metal findings, charms, and leaded crystal beads sold by our
company may contain small amounts of lead, a chemical known to the State of California
to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm if ingested. We recommend that
you wash your hands after handling, and keep all items away from small children and infants.
Please click here to read all of California Proposition 65.