Government Adopts CPSIA Testing Standards


Government Adopts CPSIA Testing Standards

Following three years of lobbying, hearings and uneven interpretations, the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has formally voted to enact and
enforce full provisions of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Although testing standards are strict, certain requirements have been eased to improve
practicality and reduce costs. For example, in a move considered a win for
manufacturers, the CPSC also voted unanimously last week to allow
companies to use product samples for periodic testing. These samples would be
considered representative of all products manufactured or imported since the
last certification test. The alternative would be random testing.

Under the latest
provisions, children’s products continue to be defined as items intended for
use by kids age 12 and under. Companies that achieve certification have the
option to note their compliance on a product’s label. The adopted testing rules
will go into effect 15 months after they appear in the Federal Register.
(CPSIA). The new rules require manufacturers, importers and private labelers to
test children’s products for specific compliance with safety standards.
“The final third-party rules we adopted will fulfill the promise that
Congress made to parents through the passage of CPSIA and the promise that
the CPSC made to children when it initiated these third-party testing
related rulemakings,” said the CPSC in a statement.

According
to the final mandated standards, companies must not only certify compliance but
must also conduct occasional follow-up tests to ensure children’s items are
safe. Whenever a material-based change to a product is made, re-testing is
mandatory. The final requirements force manufacturers to test for lead and lead
paint in product materials as well as potential choking hazards. Products for
toddlers are under especially close scrutiny, particularly cribs and strollers.

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