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CPSIA, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

On August 14, 2008, ;The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA/HR4040) was officially signed and enacted as law by the United States Congress. This Act is the most important and influential Consumer Protection Act since the establishment of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1972. In the new bill, there are more stringent requirements on lead content in children's products, and also new requirements on harmful substances, such as a ban of certain phthalates in toys and childcare articles. In addition, the bill also requires the establishment of a common consumer product safety database.

CPSIA affects all U.S. production, imports, distribution of toys, clothing, and other children's products and childcare-related industries. Before all products are released for commerce to the U.S. market, safety testing by an approved third-party testing laboratory recognized by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, is required or one must face hefty fines and disruption to product sales.

Under the new bill, third-party testing and certification of children's products has been gradually introduced and reinforced. The Bill also requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce different types of accreditation scopes for testing different children's products. Once the Commission publishes the testing requirements for a category of children's product, that category must then be tested in accordance with the current requirements within 90 days after the effective publication date.

Eurofins is one of the accredited third-party testing laboratories approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, under the CPSIA. We provide in-depth consultation, training, and support to clients in analyzing their products and production to develop compliant procurement specifications. With the new certification requirements, we help clients adjust to assessment of the production line, develop labeling tracking system, monitor production and risk assessment, etc.

Under the new CPSIA of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the accreditation requirements and certification schedule is as follows:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the approved programs Time of public announcement Time for 3rd party testing
Paint with lead Sept.22, 2008 Dec.22, 2008
Cribs and pacifiers Oct, 2008 Jan, 2009
Small parts Nov, 2008 Feb, 2009
Metal jewelry Dec, 2008 Mar, 2009
Baby bounce bed, walkers and trampoline
Mar, 2009 Jun, 2009
Volume concentration of 300ppm lead May, 2009 Aug, 2009
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Children's product safety rules Jun, 2009 Sept, 2009