What Are the Benefits of Belonging to ACMI?

Under the Federal Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act, Public Law 100-695 (LHAMA), all art material manufacturers who sell products in the U.S. must have their products evaluated by a qualified toxicologist and labeled, if necessary, for chronic toxicity according to the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D-4236. LHAMA, which went into effect in November 1990, amends the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) to require art and craft material manufacturers to evaluate their products for their ability to cause chronic illness and to place labels on such products to provide health and cautionary information and safe use instructions. FHSA already required manufacturers to evaluate and label for acute toxicity. Membership in The Art and Creative Materials Institute ensures compliance to the Federal law, as well as the individual state art material labeling laws. The following are the benefits of being a member of ACMI:

    • Independent toxicological certification of your products to comply with Federal and state art material labeling laws, as well as on-going toxicological review of art material ingredients, to provide warning of any problems and review of all formulations to ensure that formulation records are current.

    • Superior toxicology team with over 30 years of experience evaluating art materials and a certification program that has been in existence for more than 70 years.

    • Review of and advice on proposed formula changes and the availability of new ingredients.

    • A computer program that allows pre-screening of formula changes using lists of ingredients evaluated by the toxicologist in an extensive toxicological database.

    • Use of recognized certification seals on products.

    • Public relations, liaison with the trade and consumer press, articles and press releases.

    • Legal assistance on certification matters.

    • Promotion of ACMI Seals and approved products on its website and by distribution of brochures and ACMI-approved products lists to artists, art educators, and other users.

    • Attempts to defeat, amend or pass suitable state or Federal legislation regarding labeling of art materials, sales to schools, and many other issues affecting ACMI members and their products.

    • Representation with Federal government agencies and state departments who are responsible for administering regulations affecting ACMI members and their products.

    • The ACMI newsletter, Institute Items, and other mailings keep members up-to-date on important issues that affect the art and craft materials industry and keeps members informed about upcoming meetings and events.

    • Liaison with other industry organizations.

  • A certification program that has been reviewed by regulators and found to more than meet their requirements.

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