What is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)?

CPSC Regulations

  • Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) - established the CPSC in 1972 - regulations affect all manufacturers and importers of consumer goods in the U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) - expanded the CPSC's regulatory and enforcement tools, including financial penalties for non-compliance and restricts harmful substances (focusing on lead and phthalates) in consumer products, especially for children under 12
  • Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) - requires warning labels for certain hazardous (corrosive, reactive or toxic) products and allows CPSC to ban and regulate hazardous substances, toys and products for children
  • Child Safety Protection Act (CSPA) - expanded the FHSA to protect children from choking hazards and require warning labels and reporting of choking incidents
  • Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) - allows CPSC to create standards for manufacture of flammable clothing and furnishings (such as clothing textiles, vinyl plastic film, carpets, rugs, children’s sleepwear, mattresses, mattress pads)

Hohenstein tests to the CPSC safety standards and ensures compliance with the CPSC regulations for textile-related products.

CPSA/CPSIA Compliance

Requirements for CPSC certified products include:

All importers:

  • Tracking label with manufacturer, process and sourcing info

All domestic manufacturers or importers of general use (non-children’s) products:

  • General Certificate of Conformity (GCC)
  • Lead and phthalate restrictions
  • Hazardous substance, mechanical and flammability testing by a CPSC-accepted accredited laboratory, like Hohenstein
    • Initial certification testing and component part testing
    • Material change testing
    • Periodic testing plan

All domestic manufacturers or importers of children’s products:

  • Children’s Product Certificate - proof of compliance with CPSIA rules based on initial, material change and periodic testing
  • Children’s product safety rules
  • Hazardous substance, mechanical and flammability testing by a CPSC-accepted accredited laboratory, like Hohenstein
    • Initial certification testing and component part testing
    • Material change testing
    • Periodic testing plan
  • Permanent tracking information
  • Mandatory toy safety sandard (ASTM F963)

CPSC-approved Testing Laboratories

Hohenstein laboratories are approved by the CPSC for third-party testing and certification of compliance (CPSC ID #1058). 

We help manufacturers, brands and retailers to comply with CPSC standards through strategic testing, consulting and assessment.

CPSIA Lab Testing

Hohenstein tests to CPSC/CPSIA methods and safety standards, including:
  • Total lead containing paint/surface coating - CPSC-CH-E1003-09, CPSC-CH-E1003-09.1 (16 CFR Part 1303, 16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • Total lead in accessible substrate material: metal childrens products & jewelry - CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • Total lead in accessible substrate material: non-metal childrens products - CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • Children's products containing lead: inaccessible component parts - CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • Prohibition of articles for children containing phthalates - CPSC-CH-C1001-09.4 (16 CFR Part 1307)
  • Drawstrings in children's upper outerwear - ASTM F1816-97, visual inspection (16 CFR Part 1120.3)
  • Requirements for rattles (16 CFR Part 1510)
  • Small parts labeling - visual inspection - (15 U.S.C. 2063(a)(5))
  • CPSIA tracking labels for childrens products - visual inspection (15 U.S.C. 2063(a)(5))
  • Permanent warning labels - soft infant carriers and slings - visual inspection (16 CFR Part 1228.2(b)(1))

Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA)

Hohenstein tests to CPSC/FHSA methods and safety standards, including:
  • Sharp accessible points test - hazardous conditions safety test before and after use, abuse testing (16 CFR Part 1500.48)
  • Sharp accessible edges test - hazardous conditions safety test before and after use, abuse testing (16 CFR Part 1500.49)
  • Small parts - hazardous conditions safety test before and after use, abuse testing (16 CFR Part 1500.50, 16 CFR Part 1501, 16 CFR Part 1510)
  • Choking hazard warning label - visual inspection (16 CFR Part 1500.19, 16 CFR Part 1501, 16 CFR Part 1510)
  • Tension test (16 CFR Part 1500.53)
  • Torque test (16 CFR Part 1500.53)
  • Total lead in accessible substrate material: metal childrens products & jewelry - CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1500.87, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91)
  • Total lead in accessible substrate material: non-metal childrens products - CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91)
  • Children's products containing lead: inaccessible component parts - CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (16 CFR Part 1500.87, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91)

Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA)

Hohenstein tests to CPSIA/FFA flammability methods and safety standards, including:
  • Standard for the flammability of clothing textiles - testing with 3 classifications for speed of burning (16 CFR Part 1610)
  • Standard for the flammability of children's sleepwear: sizes 0-6x = testing, labeling (16 CFR Part 1615, 16 CFR Part 1615.31, 16 CFR Part 1615.5)
  • Standard for the flammability of children's sleepwear: sizes 7-14 = testing, labeling (16 CFR Part 1616, 16 CFR Part 1616.31, 16 CFR Part 1616.6)
  • Standard for the flammability of surface flammability of carpets and rugs - testing, labeling (16 CFR Part 1630)
  • Standard for the flammability of surface flammability of small carpets and rugs - testing, labeling (16 CFR Part 1631)
  • Test report from CPSC-approved testing lab

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