Lead Guidelines

Download the Voluntary Lead Guidelines


The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 provides restrictions on lead and testing requirements for children’s products. The Vision Council’s position is that eyeglass frames and sunglasses are outside the scope of these restrictions. Members’ products are considered medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, which sets standards for toxic and hazardous substances, still applies to frames and sunwear.

The Vision Council Voluntary Lead Guidelines provides information on federal lead paint regulations, lead content limitations as it applies to eyeglasses or sunwear, and general guidelines and good practices for the frame manufacturing process including:

  • Testing requirements
  • On-going test strategies
  • Claims and advertising
  • Recommended reading for ophthalmic professionals
  • Background on code of federal regulations and regulatory philosophy

In addition, the Voluntary Lead Guidelines provide answers to frequently asked questions on testing requirements, options and costs.

The Voluntary Lead Guidelines were developed by The Vision Council's Eyewear & Accessories Division Lead Task Force.