The ASTM F-15.24 Subcommittee on Children's Jewelry has developed a Children's Jewelry Safety Standard in response to various federal and state efforts to limit cadmium in children's jewelry. The proposed standard, which was voted on by subcommittee members in April and early May, would establish a 300 parts per million (ppm) total weight cadmium screening limit for children's jewelry--both fashion and fine--with children defined as age 12 and under.
MJSA, which is a member of the ASTM subcommittee, voted to approve the standard. Once it is approved by the subcommittee, there are several more votes needed before it becomes an official document. The subcommittee is chaired by the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Association (FJATA) and features participants from government, consumer protection groups, and individual companies that make or sell children's jewelry. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) often incorporates relevant ASTM standards into its regulations, and it announced in February 2011 that it would defer the adoption of regulations on cadmium in children's jewelry for at least six months, to wait for the completion of the Children's Jewelry Safety Standard.
By Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (http://www.mjsa.org/public_affairs/1)