Book Printers Get Sought-After CPSIA Exemption

WASHINGTON, DC—Book and commercial printers received some good news for a change as Congress quickly and convincingly pushed through an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement (CPSIA) Act of 2008 that provides an exemption for children’s books and paper-based printed materials. Printing Industries of America lobbied to advocate the industry’s position on Capitol Hill.

The law was enacted in the wake of several high-profile cases involving the discovery of children’s products with high levels of lead, including many Chinese imports. CPSIA constricted limits of lead and phthalates allowable in children’s products and also called for third-party testing. While the law was ostensibly aimed at toys, it cast a wide net over any products that would be used by children, including books, magazines, flash cards and maps.

The exemption covers “ordinary books” printed on paper or cardboard with ink or toner, and bound and finished using a conventional method. Paper-based goods include magazines, posters, greeting cards and similar products. Books or printed material that contain components printed on materials other than paper or cardboard or contain nonpaper-based components such as metal or plastic, or contain accessories that are not among conventional binding and finishing materials, are not exempt.

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  • Tim

    Great Job by Lisbeth Lyons, Gary Jones and the rest of the Printing Industries of America Government Affairs team! CPSIA, pre-amendment, was going to be a major problem for a large number of printers, not just book publishers. In addition, it opened the door for more unnecessary intrusion by the regulatory community. Companies who are concerned about purchasing products with lead or heavy metals shouldn’t buy in China.

  • Craig Landers

    This hopefully ends the painful trail of bureaucracy and confusion that began with simple good intentions. Our utmost appreciation to the national PIA efforts on all our behalf!

    As a Juvenile Title hard cover book printer in Dallas, we stress to customers our practices and products meet and exceed all standards used in any regulated requirement. It’s the right thing to do and we encourage everyone to Support American Workers and Buy U.S. Made Books!

    Craig Landers
    Taylor Specialty Books
    Commercial Division of Balfour/Taylor

  • Barbara Radisavljevic

    Does this include all ordinary books or only those published after 1985?