Making sure Wiley publications comply with recent government regulations on children's safety is very important to us, and we have been working closely with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and with our vendors to be sure that we fully understand and are compliant with the new regulations.
There are two categories of regulations coming from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) on which we have been queried with respect to our products. The first relates to phthalate content in "Children's Toy" and "Children's Care” articles. In its advisory opinion dated December 23, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed these regulations apply "only to those books that have some inherent play value and constitute toys or have toy like features." None of Wiley's products fall into these categories.
The second category regulates lead content and applies to books intended primarily for use by children 12 or younger. Wiley has more than 300 books in print that fit into this category. We have compiled a list of those titles and are working systematically with our vendors to ensure our products meet the government standards. On January 30, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one-year stay of enforcement for the lead content testing and certification requirements, and we are working to ensure we have appropriate certificates in place by the new deadline of January 30, 2010.
Wiley is making efforts to work collaboratively with the CPSC and other industry groups such as the AAP and the Book Manufacturers' Institute (BMI) on continuing the historical exemption of books and other articles made from paper from many of these standards. This effort is parallel to our continued progress of establishing process and programs to ensure compliance by regulatory due dates established.
The regulatory environment is becoming more complex, so we will continue to work hard to be a resource and to assure that we are keeping pace with new regulations.