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In 2007, children’s toys and products were found to have high levels of lead – even though there were rules in place intended to prevent that from happening. Some 45 million toys and other children’s products were recalled – reminding Americans that no government agency tests toys before they are put on the shelves. Congress heard a lot of complaints about it and created a bill in 2007 (actually 2 bills – one in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate), and on August 14, 2008, President Bush signed the House bill “H.R. 4040” into law. The law, now known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 [CPSIA], mandates that children’s products be tested by third party laboratories for the presence of hazardous substances. The CPSIA test starts initially with lead, adding phthalates and then other substances over a period of time.

In addition to phthalates and lead, our chemical analysis department can also test for:

  • Cadmium
  • Antimony
  • Barium
  • and more – contact us for more information


IMR Test Labs has a long history of providing the highest quality chemical analysis services for the evaluation of materials and products for the presence of Hazardous Substances. We were one of the first labs to offer testing in support of the EU RoHS Directive and were early champions of the development of proper reference standards and testing methods to assure that testing was done properly. These efforts have continued over the years, and CPSIA lead and phthalate testing is a natural extension of our well established services. Our Chemistry Department has a number of highly skilled chemists and technicians and employs some of the most stringent CPSIA test procedures available.


Please contact Brian Wackowicz, Technical Sales Representative for a quote, or for any questions related to CPSIA Lead and Phthalate testing.


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What can IMR offer you:

We've been involved in CPSIA lead and phthalate testing almost from day one, working with clients to first understand the impact of these regulations and then developing sound, sensible methods to comply with them. We have been active at many levels of industry, trade, and government to be certain that a voice of the practical application of chemistry principles was heard and adhered to.

Types of children’s products tested:

    • Toys
    • Children’s apparel
    • Books
    • Shoes
    • Children’s jewelry
    • Baby items
    • Bedding
    • Furniture
    • Accessories

    CPSIA test services offered:

      • Sample preparation by cutting, grinding, ashing, combustion, digestion, extraction, and other methods as required by sample type
      • Inductively Coupled Plasma
      – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES)
      • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
      • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Screening

CPSIA Lead and Phthalate Testing

CPSIA certified Lead and Phthalate Testing 



IMR offers comprehensive CPSIA lead and phthalate testing using proven, well developed methods. We have processed thousands of samples in a short time using state-of-the-art analytical equipment and techniques.

IMR is focused on the future of CPSIA test requirements and their impact on our clients. We stay current on the latest developments and share that knowledge with customers to avoid costly mistakes. We were one of the first labs to obtain accreditation from the CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission – Laboratory Identification Number 1051) for Lead in Paint. In addition, we now have CPSIA phthalate testing capabilities and will pursue accreditation for third party laboratories by the CPSC, once offered.

IMR will tailor analyses and CPSIA test reports to the needs of each client. We are not a one size fits all laboratory.

Contact Brian WackowiczTechnical Sales Representative for more information about CPSIA Lead & Phthalate Testing Services.