American Society of Magazine Editors

Victory for Magazine Publishers as Congress Exempts Magazines From CPSIA

A multiyear legislative effort came to a successful conclusion in August when the President signed legislation amending the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Written in response to concerns about the level of lead in children’s products coming from China, the 2008 legislation would have required testing all of the components of a children’s product — even those components and products produced domestically — to ensure that the amount of lead and other chemicals were under mandated limits. Though magazines (and other paper based products) would most likely not have exceeded the lead limits, publishers still would have been responsible for both the cost and burden of testing their products to demonstrate compliance with the law. The legislation signed by the President provides just three exemptions to CPSIA, one of which is “ordinary paper-based printed materials,” which includes magazines.