Ceramic Industry

CERAMIC DECORATING: Decorating News

February 1, 2009
Walter Lumley, president of the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, brings us up to speed on ceramic decorating news.

SGCD Changes Name/Expands Focus

Effective January 1, the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) became the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro). The new name reflects the growing number of members who do not actually decorate but who import and/or manufacture ceramic and glass products for sale.

The name change recommendation was made by the society’s Long Range Planning Committee at its meeting in August, and was approved by the entire board at its November meeting. A new mission statement and logo have also been adopted; both can be viewed on the society’s website.

Spence Named Legislative and Regulatory Liaison

Former SGCD Executive Director Sandy Spence has joined the society as liaison for legislative and regulatory issues. Spence was instrumental in helping establish many of the voluntary guidelines the industry works with today, and she worked closely during her tenure with Richard Jacobs of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

CPSIA Fact Sheet Available

SGCDpro Legislative Issues Liaison Sandra Spence has completed a fact sheet for members explaining the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The fact sheet also details the CPSC Certificate of Conformity. Members can download the information from the society’s website.

"Ask the Experts" Session Added to Deco '09

SGCDpro has added an “Ask the Experts” session to the Deco ’09 program. The session will feature a panel of experts, including Sandra Spence, Richard Jacobs, Wayne Zitkus (former SGCD president and recently retired from Libbey), Walter Lumley and Paul Duffer (former SGCD president and recently retired from PPG).

Spence, Jacobs and Zitkus were all instrumental in adopting FDA standards still used in the industry today. The panelists will present information on new legislation (including CPSIA and California packaging law); discuss importing issues, including new country of origin marking regulations; and review compliance, reporting and test method requirements. Deco ’09 will be held March 29-30 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Country of Origin Markings Clarified

A rumor was reported to SGCDpro in December suggesting that new federal rules would require permanent marking of country of origin (COO) on mugs. This is true for products intended for use by children age 12 and under. To improve tracking and identification of recalled products, the CPSIA requires permanent labels on children’s products to track source, production date and batch information.

This rule applies to products offered for sale beginning on August 14, 2009. No changes in labeling are required for other products, according to Heather Pinnock of the Customs Bureau.

FDA Updates List of Certified Chinese Ceramicware Factories

The FDA has published an updated list of 641 ceramicware factories in China that China has certified under terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FDA and the China National Certification and Accreditation (CNCA) agency. Under the terms of the MOU, the CNCA instituted a certification system for ceramic tableware production facilities to provide the FDA with reasonable assurance that ceramicware produced in these facilities and exported to the U.S. will satisfy FDA action levels for leachable lead and cadmium.

The FDA uses the list to ease its inspection process for Chinese tableware at U.S. ports. The FDA publishes the list and updates it periodically. (Updates primarily indicate the scores of companies whose names and/or addresses have changed in recent years.) Three of the 641 firms were delisted and later reinstated after correcting the problem or discontinuing problem patterns. One factory, Yuzhou Kunye Ceramics Co., Ltd. in Henan province, was delisted in 2005 and has not been reinstated.

Visit www.cfsan.fda.gov/~comm/ceramic.html to view the updated list.

Jacobs to Receive Frank S. Child Award

At its November meeting, the SGCDpro board voted to present Richard Jacobs with the Frank S. Child award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the business of glass and ceramic decorating. Jacobs worked with SGCD throughout the 1990s to help establish voluntary guidelines for glass and ceramic decoration.

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