SGS is helping toy manufacturers manage changes to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2008 (CPSIA) implementation timetable.

Since it became law the CPSIA’s timetable has been complicated by stays of enforcement on specific provisions. Deadlines continue to shift as the CPSC deals with industry concerns, technical challenges and practical considerations. For full details read our CPSIA Enforcement Deadlines Update (PDF 486 KB).

Recent enforcement activity:

100 ppm Lead Content in Substrates: August 14, 2011

The law was amended and now only applies to goods manufactured on or after August 14, 2011.

Component Testing Option: December 8, 2011

To help spread testing costs across the supply chain, new CPSC guidelines that took effect on December 8, 2011, allow component parts such as zippers, buttons and blocks to be tested and certified by the component manufacturers themselves.

300 ppm Lead Ceiling for Bicycles: December 31, 2011

The stay of enforcement on lead content in bicycle parts expired on December 31, 2011. Any metal bicycle component must now comply with a limit of 300 ppm total lead content.

Third-Party Testing for Phthalates: January 1, 2012

Third-party testing for the phthalates DBP, BBP, DEHP, DIDP, DINP and DNOP for toys and childcare products manufactured or imported after December 31, 2011 is being enforced. However, testing can be limited to plasticized components that are reachable in normal use and abuse. Inaccessible plasticized components are exempt, as are non-plastic parts.

Comprehensive Third-Party Testing: February 8, 2013

On October 19, 2011, the CPSC adopted final rules on CPSIA-mandated third-party testing and certification requirements not already covered by previous decisions addressing small parts, pacifiers, and lead in surface coatings and children’s metal jewelry. These final rules will take effect on February 8, 2013.

Reasonable Testing Program: On Hold

The CPSC issued proposed rules for this self-certification program for non-children’s products in May 2010, but has delayed enforcement.

Small Batch Manufacturer Testing: Pending

The August 14, 2011 amendment to the law included a provision authorizing the CPSC to approve alternative testing requirements, or testing exemptions, for manufacturers and importers with no more than $1 million in annual gross revenue. No ruling has yet been made on the availability or feasibility of alternative testing options.

For full details read our CPSIA Enforcement Deadlines Update. (found below news article)

To find out more about how SGS can support toys manufacturers achieve compliance with global toys regulations visit SGS Toys webpage.

Fred Mills-Winkler
Technical Director, Toys
SGS - North America

t +1 973 575 5252 ext. 22038


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