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October 08, 2008
CPSC Explains Testing and Certification Requirements Under CPSIA

A recent meeting was sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at its headquarters on October 2, 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Testing and Certification requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. As the CPSC sought to offer clarification of the requirements for General Conformity Certification, Laboratory Accreditation and Mandatory Third-Party Testing of Certain Children’s Products, the following points were made:

General Conformity Certification:
  • What is it? A General Conformity Certificate signifies that a product complies with a certain requirement, such as a government standard. It is essentially a self-certification, or a supplier’s declaration of conformity and it may or may not involve laboratory testing or labeling or marking of a product. It should be based upon a "reasonable testing program" which provides reasonable assurance that the product meets all requirements of the standard.
  • Which products must be certified? General Conformity Certification is required for all products subject to a Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) ban and standard, or to any similar rule, ban, standard, or regulation under any other Act enforced by the CPSC. These include the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act and the Refrigerator Safety Act. Soon, these will also include ASTM F963-07, once that becomes a mandatory standard, as well as the new lead content limits, when phased in, and the new phthalate bans when they become effective. General Conformity Certification can be used even for children's products until the mandatory third-party testing requirement becomes effective for those products.
  • Who must certify? The manufacturer, including importers, as well as foreign and domestic manufacturers, must certify the product. If the product bears a private label, the private labeler must also certify the product, unless the CPSC relieves one or the other of the responsibility. A test laboratory may not certify the product.
  • How are certificates made available? The certificate must accompany each product or shipment of products covered by the same certificate. A copy of the certificate (not necessarily a paper copy) must be furnished to each distributor or retailer of the product.
  • What happens if I fail to certify? A product shall be refused admission if it is not accompanied by the required certificate or if it is accompanied by a false certificate. Under these circumstances, the product may be destroyed at the cost of the importer.
  • When is the requirement effective? The General Conformity Certification requirement is effective November 12, 2008 and applies to products manufactured on or after this date that are subject to an existing standard,
  • What products must be certified? The requirement for third-party testing applies to every children’s product that is subject to a "children's product safety rule," which is defined to include any standard or ban under the CPSA or any similar rule, regulation, standard or ban under any other Act enforced by the CPSC, including a rule declaring a consumer product to be a banned hazardous substance.
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