February 8, 2013 is the deadline set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for manufacturers and importers to develop and implement a new Product Testing and Certification Program for children’s products, ie consumer products intended primarily for children of 12 years of age or under.
This requirement will replace the existing certificate of compliance or General Conformity Certificate which states that a product is compliant with CPSC product safety regulations.
To ensure that products meet applicable product safety rules, the Product Testing and Certification Program must include:
- Initial product certification – based on third party laboratory testing
- Periodic testing plan – including the tests conducted, intervals between tests, number of samples tested, means of ensuring that the test samples are representative
- Material change in product design/manufacturing process, including component parts
- Procedures to safeguard against undue influence by companies over third party labs
- Records of all children’s product certificates, third-party test results, periodic testing plans, material changes and undue influence procedures must be kept for five years and be available to CPSC on request.
Implementation of this new program will potentially help companies to avoid costly problems at a time when more and more products are being seized at US ports for failing to meet CPSC and other legislative requirements.
BLC offers product testing and supply chain support at our CPSC/UKAS accredited laboratory and can help to develop policies and procedures to ensure product compliance.
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BLC members receive a 30% discount on all testing, training and problem solving services.