FJATA has expanded its leadership role in ensuring that the fashion jewelry and accessory industries are on the cutting edge, developing new standards and devising best practices.
FJATA stepped forward to address the presence of lead and then cadmium in jewelry, and supported legislation establishing limits for both children and adult jewelry based on both science and technological feasibility. Our industry strongly supports robust, science-based, peer-reviewed national standards for safe products.
FJATA is active in advocating on behalf of the industry and educating Members of Congress and staff and the Consumer Product Safety Commission on jewelry safety issues. In fact, FJATA Chairs the ASTM F15.24 Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard Committee that has completed the first national voluntary jewelry safety standard.
FJATA has been at the forefront in defending the fashion jewelry and accessory industries from inaccurate and misleading news reports regarding cadmium in children’s jewelry. FJATA has implemented a public relations effort on behalf of the industry to counter these reports.
FJATA is working in several state legislatures to advocate against legislation on heavy metals in our products that would harm the fashion jewelry and accessories industries, deny consumers access to safe products and do nothing to improve the safety of jewelry and accessories.
FJATA commissioned the science to establish national voluntary standards for heavy metals in jewelry and accessories. We have created a Safety Task Force to address these issues and drive the process of standards development, working with retail and industry groups, seeking the input of expert toxicologists and metallurgists, and staying in close contact with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other stakeholders.