Brent Cleaveland, Executive Director of FJATA (The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association), and Sheila Millar, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP and General Counsel to FJATA, each received Outstanding Achievement Awards from the ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) F15 Committee during the recent 2015 FJATA Annual Conference.
The awards honored Cleaveland and Millar’s dedication and technical contributions to ASTM Subcommittee F15.24, which developed standards relating to safety and performance of adult and children’s jewelry.
Brent Cleaveland, Executive Director of FJATA, chairs the F15.24 Subcommittee and has over 40 years’ experience in the jewelry industry. FJATA represents the interests of manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of jewelry and accessories, serving as a key voice to regulatory agencies needing industry information.
Sheila Millar, Partner with Keller and Heckman LLP and FJATA General Counsel, focuses on consumer protection, counseling clients on risk management and product safety, green chemistry, advertising and privacy issues. With extensive experience on matters involving the sale and marketing of children’s products, she is a frequent speaker on consumer protection legal issues and is the Editor of the Keller and Heckman LLP Consumer Protection Connection blog.
The F15 Committee of ASTM oversees the development of safety and performance standards (specifications, guides, test methods, classifications, practices, and terminology) for consumer products. Subcommittee F15.24 focuses on jewelry, and has issued standards for both children’s and adult jewelry. Both standards were updated in 2014.
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