CPSIA Testing & Labeling Rules Go Into Effect

Children's Products Targeted

CPSCAs of earlier this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) previously-passed testing and labeling provisions included in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) are now in effect. The provisions, which have gone through multiple stays of enforcement over the past few years, now mean that any children's product must be tested at a CPSC-accepted third party testing lab and be labeled as such. Additionally, products must have a written Children's Product Certificate that provides evidence of the item's compliance and need to have tracking information affixed to the item and its packaging.

"All manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of children's products must certify that their children's products comply with all applicable children's product safety rules," the CPSC said this month in a statement. "Written certification for each children's product must be based upon passing test results obtained from the required third party testing at a CPSC accepted laboratory."

The new rules also mandate that manufacturers submit representative samples of a children's product to a third party conformity assessment body for testing to support certification, both periodically and if there is a material change to a product, including changes in design or source of component parts. It also requires manufacturers to maintain paperwork for five years to support certifications of compliance, traceability and testing documents. For more information on the new rules present in the CPSIA, click here.