Electronic Submissions

The Duke Toxicology Program, as the consulting toxicologist for the Art and Creative Materials Institute Inc. (ACMI), currently has an Excel system in place for encrypted new product formulation submissions to Duke for evaluation. Download the Excel template

If you are an ACMI member and would like to order the ACMI software system, please contact Caroline Davis Rourk at (919) 681-6535 or

ACMI Product Submission Checklists

ACMI 3rd Party Submission Checklists

Required Testing:

Prior to the Duke Toxicology Program issuing an initial or renewed toxicologist’s approval for Certification by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), certain testing may be required.  You can use any lab that is approved by CPSC.

Tests that may be required as part of the evaluation of your product and the corresponding test method.

There are several tests that Kirby Health Center can no longer perform. Duke staff has researched alternate labs that can perform these tests at the following locations:

Certification Standards

We evaluate the chronic hazard potential of consumer products against ASTM D4326, Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards. This Standard has been codified in law as the Labeling for Hazardous Art Materials Act, which is regulated by CPSC. Test methods have been developed to support this Standard including measuring the extractability of metals from art materials (ASTM D5517-14), measuring the potential of consumer products to spontaneously combust (ASTM D6801-07 (2015)), and measuring whether or not aerosols present an aspiration risk (ASTM D7952-15).  These standard test methods support the evaluation of consumer products both in the US and Canada.

D7952-15 Standard Practice

Measuring Aspiration Potential of Aerosol Products

This test method evaluates the risk of aerosols to be aspirated based on their spray pattern. Aerosols that are released as a stream present an aspiration risk. Those aerosols that are a mist do not present an aspiration risk do not require child-protective packaging either in the US or Canada for the protection of such a risk.

A research report has been developed to support this standard:

A Test Methodology for Determining Aspiration Hazards of Aerosol Sprays

This study compares characteristics of various aerosol spray products with those aerosols that have presented an aspiration risk either clinically or experimentally.