SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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F O C U S I N PAGE SPONSORED BY: 38 MAY 2016 SchoolArts T he Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) is a nonprofit, international asso- ciation of manufacturers of art, craft, and other creative materials. Since 1940, ACMI has sponsored a certifica- tion program for children's art materials, certifying that these products are non- toxic and meet voluntary standards of quality and performance. 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 federal and state art material labeling laws. Under the U.S. Labeling of Hazardous Materials Act (LHAMA), all art materials sold in the United States must be evaluated by a qual- ified toxicologist for chronic toxicity, their ability to cause chronic illness such as cancer; and be labeled, if hazard- ous, to provide health and cautionary information and safe-use instructions. The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) already requires manufac- turers to evaluate and label for acute toxicity. ACMI's certification pro- gram 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 The Art & Creative Materials Institute and chronic harm to any part of the human body, possible allergic reactions, how a product is commonly used and misused, and U.S. national and state labeling regulations. ACMI's AP Seal identi- fies products that have been evaluated in our program and found to be nontoxic, 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 formu - lations. Of these certified materials, 100% of the chil - dren's products and 85% of those meant for adult artists are certified as nontoxic. Be sure to look for the ACMI Seals when purchas - ing art supplies so you will know the product has been evaluated by a quali - fied toxicologist for both acute and chronic hazards. If you have questions about ACMI's certification program or the safe use of art and craft materials, or if you need more specific information about ingredients or have other safety questions, please contact us or visit our website at A list of ACMI-certified products can be found on our website.

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