Lead testing in Toys

ChemServe Lead Testing Services


ChemServe is certified to perform lead testing in toys whether metal and non-metal for the Consumer Product Safety Commission as charged by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. It employs state of the art sample preparation techniques and analysis instrumentation. Lead can be a concern in any type of children’s toy and those that have a painted coating, whether it’s one color or several colors in several different areas on the toy.

Children’s Products

The amount of lead allowable in any children’s product is 100 ppm. This includes metal jewelry, plastic parts, metal hardware, essentially any accessible part and a product that has an intended use for children 12 years old and younger. Chemserve conducts ICP testing for lead in toys in metal products analysis using procedures developed by the CPSC. These are:

  • CPSC-CH-E1001-08 for metal products such as jewelry and,
  • CPSC-CH-E1002-08 for non-metal products including toys and consumer products.


The amount of lead in paint is limited to 90 ppm. Chemserve will perform ICP analysis for lead in paint analysis following procedures:

  • CPSC-CH-E1003-09 for compliance with 16 CFR 1303

Please note that all surface coatings used on Children’s Products and ALL furniture must be at or below 90 ppm for lead. The regulations state here is NO stay of enforcement for lead in paint or other surface coatings

For more information go to the ChemServe consumer product testing page and the Chemserve contact page for specific information on Federal lead regulations see the Consumer Product Safety Commission lead fact sheet.

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