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.
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.
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.
lead-in-paint and other surface coatings
full-size cribs and non-full-size cribs
small parts for children under 3 years of age
children's metal jewelry
baby bouncers, walkers, and jumpers
infant bath seats
other durable infant or toddler products
total lead content
ban on certain phthalates in children's toys and certain child care articles
carpets and rugs
vinyl plastic film
electronically operated toys
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.