NEWSFLASH: New Children’s Product Rules

17 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments
NEWSFLASH: New Children’s Product Rules

In accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the new testing and labeling rules put in place on children’s products have now gone into effect.

What is the CPSIA?

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) was passed by U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bush on Aug. 14, 2008. CPSIA is designed to allow The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to better regulate the safety of products made and imported for sale in the U.S. CPSIA also contains regulations that are intended to make products for children under age 12 safer by requiring manufacturers and importers to show that these products do not have harmful levels of lead and phosphates.

What does this mean?

Any children’s product must be tested at a CPSC-accepted third-party testing lab, where actual product samples are submitted, and then, upon being found acceptable, be labeled as such. Each product must also have a written Children’s Product Certificate documenting the item’s compliance along with tracking information affixed to the item and its packaging, as well. All manufacturers are required to maintain paperwork for five years, supporting its certifications of compliance, track-ability and all testing results.

Which products are affected?

Any manufactured item of apparel, shoes, personal care products, accessories and jewelry, home furnishings, bedding, toys, electronics and video games, books, school supplies, educational materials and science kits primarily intended for a child 12 years of age or younger.