SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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T he Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) is a nonprofit, international association of manufacturers of art, craft, and other creative materials. Since 1940, ACMI has sponsored a certification program for children's art materi- als, certifying that these products are nontoxic. Today, ACMI certifies not only children's art materials, but adult art materials as well. Certification Seals ACMI's certification seals inform consumers that products bearing the seals conform to the federal Label - ing of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) and the Federal Hazard - ous Substances Act (FHSA). Under LHAMA, all art materials sold in the U.S. must be evaluated by a qualified toxicologist for chronic toxicity and be labeled, if hazardous, to provide health and cautionary information and safe use instructions. The FHSA already requires manufacturers to evaluate and label for acute toxicity. ACMI's certification program covers both acute and chronic toxicity concerns. Product Evaluation ACMI's certification program has received the endorsement of experts in the field of toxicology and is recog- nized as the leading authority on art and craft materials. All products in the ACMI program undergo extensive toxicological evaluation and testing before they are granted the right to bear the ACMI certification seals. A number of factors are taken into account in the product evaluation pro- cess, including each ingredient and its quantity, possible adverse interactions with other ingredients, the product's size and packaging, potential acute and chronic harm to any part of the human body, possible allergic reac- tions, how a product is commonly used and misused, and U.S. national and state labeling regulations. ACMI's AP Seal identifies prod- ucts that have been evaluated in our program and found to be nontoxic, The Art and Creative Materials Institute which means that they contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans or cause acute or chronic health problems. ACMI's CL seal identifies products that have been evaluated in our program and require a health warning and/or labeling for safe use. ACMI currently has more than 200 members and has certified more than 60,000 art material formula - tions. Of these certified materials, 100% of the children's products and 85% of those meant for adult artists are certified as nontoxic. Be sure to look for the ACMI seals when purchasing art supplies so you will know the product has been eval- uated by a qualified toxicologist for both acute and chronic hazards. If you have questions about ACMI's certification program, need more spe- cific information about ingredients, or have other safety questions, please visit our website at www.acmiart.org. A list of ACMI-certified products can be found on our website. PAGE SPONSORED BY: F O C U S I N SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 39

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