On January 30, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) issued a twelve month stay, through February 10, 2010, of the testing and certification requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) for lead content in “ordinary books” such as those manufactured by Lightning Source Inc.
Pursuant to this stay, General Certificates of Conformity will not be made available by Lightning Source for children's books manufactured by Lightning Source.
Lightning Source has tested samples of its book products in preparing for the implementation of CPSIA. Laboratory results revealed that no book products manufactured by Lightning Source tested above 10 parts per million (“ppm”) for total lead content, well below the CPSIA lead content limit of 600 ppm effective on February 10, 2009, or the limit of 300 ppm effective on August 14, 2009.
Lightning Source will continue to monitor CPSIA and the CPSC’s interpretation of CPSIA. We are working with the book industry as a whole to get ordinary books exempted from the CPSIA on the grounds that books inherently do not pose a lead threat to children. More information on the CPSIA can be found on the CPSC website - http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML.
Additional material on recent correspondence between the CPSC and the Association of American Publishers regarding CPSIA has been posted on the Lightning Source website on the My Lightning Account at a Glance page after login. It is our hope that you find this information helpful.