Date: Dec 22, 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has taken a variety of actions to implement the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) in recent weeks. Most notably, General Certificates of Conformity (GCCs) will be required for products manufactured after February 10, 2010 for many categories of products. Certifications will be required for compliance with child-resistant packaging obligations but not for general hazard labeling. Lead substrate testing for children's products was stayed for another year. The CPSC also released guidance on component testing, is seeking comments on testing and certification requirements, and plans to hold another public workshop on issues related to creating a public database of information on consumer product safety incidents.Complex decision lifts stay for most products, extends lead substrate stay for one year. The CPSC agreed to lift the stay of testing and certification for most non-children's products, meaning that General Certificates of Conformity will be required for products manufactured after February 10, 2010. As noted above, the CPSC clarified that Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) certifications will not be required, but certification of compliance with Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) requirements will be required. Third party testing and certifications will also be required for certain children's products covered by separate safety rules made after February 10, 2010, including bicycle helmets, bunk beds, dive sticks and rattles. The stay will remain in effect for some children's product requirements until 90 days after accreditation standards are published in the Federal Register. Finally, the Commission agreed to stay lead testing in children's products, subject to two important existing exceptions. Third party testing and certification remains required for lead in paint in children's products and lead in metal jewelry. Third party testing is also currently required to show compliance with requirements for small parts, cribs and pacifiers.
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