Children's Products under CPSC Jurisdiction

Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") is charged with regulating children's products. This jurisdiction may, at times, be joint with other agencies, such as FDA when the children's product is also a food contact product. 

What are the CPSC requirements for Children's Products? 

The requirements for children's products vary depending on the type of product. Some products are required to have flame retardants, some are required to have testing completed for lead levels, and still others are required to test for durability under stress for age limits. 

What are the requirements for Small Batch Manufacturers? 

A small batch manufacturers have certain exemptions from third party testing of all children's products.  A small batch manufacturer is defined as having a total gross sales of $1 million or less and 750,000 units or fewer of the same product. An importer may qualify as a "small batch manufacturer" as well. 

What third party testing is required regardless of Small Batch Manufacturer? 

  • lead-in-paint and other surface coatings
  • full-size cribs and non-full-size cribs
  • pacifiers
  • small parts for children under 3 years of age
  • children's metal jewelry
  • baby bouncers, walkers, and jumpers
  • infant bath seats
  • infant walkers
  • toddler beds
  • other durable infant or toddler products

What testing is not required if you are registered as a Small Batch Manufacturer? 

  • total lead content
  • ban on certain phthalates in children's toys and certain child care articles
  • bicycle helmets
  • bunk beds
  • rattles
  • dive sticks
  • bicycles
  • carpets and rugs
  • vinyl plastic film
  • wearing apparel
  • clacker balls
  • children's sleepwear
  • electronically operated toys
  • ATVs
  • mattresses

 In order to fall under the exemption your company must be registered as a small batch manufacturer and your component part manufacturer certifies that the component was made in accordance with International Standards.  

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