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The AP (Approved Product) Seal identifies art materials that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems. Such products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA).

ASTM D-4236

Standard Practice for Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards
Art supplies sold in the United States must include the printed phrase "conforms to ASTM D-4236." This means that every potentially hazardous component used to make the product is listed on the packaging. Some common art supply components, such as solvents, cause allergic reactions or are dangerous if they touch the skin or the eyes. Other art supply components cause respiratory problems if they are over-inhaled. The ASTM D-4236 standard requires these components to be listed on art supply packaging, to help people make responsible choices about both choosing and using art supplies. The related Labeling Hazardous Art Materials Act requires art supply packaging to carry warnings about any dangerous materials, such as "if product gets in eyes, wash immediately." Even if the art supply in question contains no potentially hazardous materials, it is still required to carry the "conforms to ASTM D-4236" designation. This way, consumers know that the art product they are considering purchasing has been fully checked for hazardous materials.

ASTM F963-11

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. In that law, Congress directed the Commission to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products."


The CPSIA defines the term “children’s product” and generally requires that children’s products:

  • Comply with all applicable children’s product safety rules
  • Be tested for compliance by a CPSC-accepted accredited laboratory, unless subject to an exception
  • Have a written Children’s Product Certificate that provides evidence of the product’s compliance
  • Have permanent tracking information affixed to the product and its packaging where practicable

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A naturally occurring silica-deficient rock.


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