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FJATA is working on behalf of our members to ensure a promising future for the jewelry and accessories industries. This year, as in years past, has been a challenging one. Our success in preventing unnecessary bills from passing does not reduce the need to address issues raised by other recently-enacted laws. FJATA distributes the real facts about our industries and informs decision-makers about the products we are proud to bring to our consumers.

With the help of our legal, lobbying and media relations teams, FJATA supports member retailers and suppliers by developing and promoting safe standards for fashion jewelry and accessories. The key goal is harmonization; without one set of rules, industry, jobs, and consumer choice all suffer. Assisting members as they navigate the current undulating sea of product safety specifications is a primary focus.

FJATA has worked with ASTM, the international standards-setting organization, to develop a scientific, peer-reviewed standard for both adult and children’s jewelry. Working with the state legislature in Rhode Island, we were able to make the children’s jewelry safety standard, ASTM F2923-11, become the most comprehensive state statute covering children’s jewelry in the country.

In 2012, FJATA responded to a new concern among our members: in the absence of product safety specifications for adult jewelry products, large retailers began a practice of inventing their own sets of guidelines. This emerging trend clearly highlighted the need for harmonization; so we initiated the process that resulted in the approval of ASTM F2999-13, the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry. Our staff works daily to lead toward a science-based, unified regulatory landscape for jewelry and accessories.

Activities in which FJATA has taken a leading role on our members’ behalf include:

  • Developing new industry standards for heavy metals including the ASTM Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard completed in 2011, known as ASTM F2923-11, the Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry;
  • Initiating the process that culminated in the first nationwide voluntary standard for adult jewelry, ASTM F2999-13, the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry;
  • Attending state legislative meetings and testifying at committee hearings on legislation pertaining to our industries in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, and others;
  • Working with industry groups, standards-setting organizations, and regulatory bodies to proactively address the concerns of the jewelry and accessories industries;
  • Invoking sound science and risk-assessment in communications to regulatory agencies such as the CPSC, CAL/EPA, WA DOE, Health Canada, and others;
  • Reach out to state and federal legislators in an effort to present reasonable industry concerns before they are negatively impacted by enacted statutes.
  • Working with journalists and media representatives to respond to inaccurate news stories and offer the competing viewpoint.

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