Toxin Reduction and CPSIA
Nexgen is committed to protecting people and the environment from the risks posed by harmful substances. We have created a comprehensive Restricted Substances Manual for our suppliers and partners that defines standards and accountability through our supply chain. Our list follows the industry’s top standard and customer-specific standards in identifying and eradicating harmful toxins from our products to go beyond government regulations across all domestic and foreign markets.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulates the safety of products made and imported for sale in the United States. These regulations are especially important for children’s products in reducing exposure to toxins such as lead and phthalates. Additional regulations such as the U.S. Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act and the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste also regulate heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium.
We have Quality Control and Quality Assurance practices in place to test for and reduce packaging and product toxins. Products at the development and production stage undergo testing for metals and metal alloys using an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to ensure that products meet the standards for the desired market. The XRF testing(machine shown above) is set up to ensure our packaging products satisfy the heavy metal requirements defined in legislation as well as customer requests. It also helps us identify any potential issues with lead content in items such as heat transfers or metal grommets that may be subject to CPSIA. Third party laboratories also inspect products and keep our suppliers up to date with the latest regulations and testing procedures. To learn more about the CPSIA and other regulations that involve our packaging and products, please click here