Better Navigation of Tricky Compliance

Wednesday February 9, 2011 | Filed under: Guest Blog, Member Benefits, News About ASI

We all know how challenging it is to navigate through ever-changing product-safety compliance regulations.

With escalating concern for product safety and compliance in our industry, there couldn’t be a better time to announce that ASI – in conjunction with our Safety and Legislative Advisory Board – has selected Intertek as its exclusive partner for product quality and safety solutions. And, ASI has negotiated a preferential rate for members to save 20% on all services related to safety testing and compliance.

Just this week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) extended the enforcement date for testing of lead content in children’s products to December 31. That means U.S manufacturers will be required to have CPSC-approved third-party certification for children’s items to prove that products they produce or import contain no more than the allowable limit of lead.

So even though there’s more time to meet that one requirement, federal restrictions governing manufacturers and importers will change once again in August.

We gave a lot of thought to this issue and worked closely with the ASI Safety and Legislative Advisory Board before selecting Intertek, the accredited world leader in testing, auditing, inspection and certification of consumer goods across all product lines.  How will Intertek benefit your company? By helping you answer questions like the ones below:

  • What types of testing should be conducted? What is mandatory for compliance?
  • What can you do to further reduce risk?
  • At what production phases should products be tested?
  • When should factories be audited?
  • What items are considered children’s products?

Click here to get more information on how Intertek can work with your company for product testing and to sign up for Intertek’s consumer newsletter.  To read our press release, click here. And if you have any further questions, please email me at


Karyn Coates, ASI’s director of member benefits