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CPSC Provides Final Definition Of 'Children's Product'
Volume 754
October 7, 2010

After months of debate, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provided its final ruling of the definition for the term "children's product" within the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. In amending the law, the CPSC determined that a children's product will be defined as "a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger."

In addition to that definition, the CPSC also announced several factors it will consider when determining if an item falls under the children's product provisions stipulated in the product safety law. From the report released by the CPSC yesterday, these factors are:

  • A statement by a manufacturer about the intended use of such product, including a label on such product if such statement is reasonable.
  • Whether the product is represented in its packaging, display, promotion, or advertising as appropriate for use by children 12 years of age or younger.
  • Whether the product is commonly recognized by consumers as being intended for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
  • The Age Determination Guidelines issued by the Commission staff in September 2002 and any successor to such guidelines.

The law, which mandates what ingredients children's products can contain and the testing and labeling standards that children's products must adhere to, was first passed in 2008 and is currently being phased into effect. Click here for more information on the final ruling on the definition of the term "children's product."

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