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Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
July 10th, 2015

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
  • New import requirements for consumer goods will take effect Nov. 12, 2008, under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which creates heightened requirements and potential liabilities for the thousands of companies involved in the manufacture and sale of consumer products.
  • Manufacturers and importers must certify in writing that the products that they import are in compliance with the rules, bans, regulations or standards administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The requirement applies to nearly all categories of consumer goods, including fabrics, wearing apparel, toys, jewelry, sporting goods, refrigerators, furniture, hazardous materials, vehicles and even pharmaceuticals subject to child-resistant cap standards. Special emphasis is placed on children's products, toys, and products with paint containing lead, phthalates, etc. Third Party Testing Requirement for Children's Products:
  • Every manufacturer (including importer and private labeler) of any children's product that is subject to a children's product safety rule must have the product tested by an accredited 3 party testing lab and issue a certificate of compliance. This rule will not apply to inventory that was manufactured before the effective date. Effective Dates:
  • Lead Paint: any children's product manufactured after 12/22/08.
  • Small Parts: Notice not yet published, anticipated effective date is 2/13/09.
  • Children's Metal Jewelry: Notice not yet published, anticipated effective date is 4/12/09.
  • All Other Children's Product Safety Rules: Notice not yet published, anticipated effective date is 9/14/09.
  • Tracking Labels for Children's Products: Effective 8/14/09
  • Labeling Requirement for Advertising Toys and Games: For advertisements on internet websites, the effective date is 1/12/09. For catalogues and other printed materials, the effective date is 2/10/09.
  • Toy Safety Standards: ASTM International Standard F963-07 (the toy safety standard) will be formally adopted by the CPSC on 2/10/09 and will affect consumer products manufactured after that date.
  • Prohibition on Sale of Certain Products Containing Specified Phthalates: Effective 2/10/09, the Act bans any children's toy or child care article which contains more than 0.1 percent of six different types of phthalates.

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