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Legislation for Children’s Products Entering the US Market

On August 14, 2008, the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008” (CPSIA) was signed into United States law by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The legislation is a comprehensive overhaul of consumer product safety rules, with significant impact on nearly all children’s products entering the US market. In addition to more stringent criteria and new requirements for children’s products, CPSIA mandates that children’s products be tested by CPSC-recognized laboratories. To date, CPSC recognition requires laboratories to have ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for the specific tests, with the accreditation from an accreditation body who is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). Whether it be lead in toys or safety of cribs, the purpose of this law is to enhance the safety of children’s products. For a comprehensive list and schedule of items and updates, please visit “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)” at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Regulations-Laws–Standards/Statutes/The-Consumer-Product-Safety-Improvement-Act/. The CPSC continues to issue guidance documents, policy statements, test methods, and Federal Register notices as the implementation of CPSIA continues. Detailed information can be found at “Third-Party Testing Laboratory Accreditation” at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Business–Manufacturing/Testing-Certification/Third-Party-Testing/.