Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

Third-party test requirements for domestic manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of children’s products will go into effect on February 8.

Approved on October 20, 2011, Testing and Labeling Pertaining to Product Certification provides a framework regarding third-party testing rules to ensure companies are in compliance with the standards outlined in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The rule mandates that manufacturers must submit representative samples of a children’s product to a third party conformity assessment body for testing to support certification, both periodically and if there is a material change to a product (i.e. changes in design or source of component parts). It also requires manufacturers to maintain paperwork for five years to support certifications of compliance, traceability, and testing documents. Manufacturers may use component part testing or rely on another party’s finished product testing or certification to meet the Rule’s requirements.

View a summary of the rule, courtesy of the Toy Industry Association.