List of CPSC Accepted Product Testing Labs: An Overview

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If you are importing or manufacturing children’s products in the United States, you must comply with the CPSIA requirements. This includes lab testing, which must be performed by a CPSC-accepted lab.

Once your product passes the relevant tests, the lab issues a test report, which proves compliance with the requirements.

Note that a lab is not “accepted” for all CPSIA-covered products by default. Instead, it might only be accepted for specific regulatory parts, such as 16 CFR Part 1250, and for some of their facilities.

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We have selected testing companies that are featured on the List of CPSC-Accepted Testing Laboratories. Also, we have prioritized companies that have testing facilities in both the United States and Asia.

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Baby Pacifier Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Pacifiers sold in the United States are subject to strict safety standards and chemical restrictions. There are also requirements concerning labeling, certification, and testing of pacifiers.

This guide serves as an introduction to these requirements. More specifically, we take a closer look at CPSIA, 16 CFR Part 1511, 16 CFR Part 1303, and other requirements that tend to be relevant to pacifiers manufactured or imported for the US market.
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AC Adapter Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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AC Adapter Safety Standards in the US

AC adapters, power supplies, and chargers are used to power all sorts of electronics. AC adapters are also potential electrical and fire hazards, which is why these are subject to various regulations and standards in the United States. This includes 47 CFR Part 15, 10 CFR Part 430, and several UL standards – the latter of which are generally voluntary.

This guide serves as an introduction to compliance requirements for AC adapters, and power supplies and chargers in general. You also find examples of relevant standards.

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Chemical Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Chemical Regulations in the United States
Several regulations in the United States restrict chemicals in consumer products. Some substances are banned, while others are subject to limits. In other cases, there are reporting and testing requirements.

The chemical regulations that do apply depend on various factors, including the product type, age group, or even which US states you sell in.

In this guide, we cover the CPSIA, TSCA, California Proposition 65 and other regulations that set compliance requirements for chemicals in consumer products.

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Children’s Product Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Children's Product Regulations in the United States

Children’s products are subject to various regulations in the United States. These cover safety standards, flammability, chemical restrictions, traceability, warning labels, certification, and testing requirements.

The requirements differ depending on the type of children’s product, but there are measures that cover not only toys, but also children’s apparel, furniture, and so on.

Children’s products are also subject to regulations that are not specific to a certain age group but are applicable to consumer products in general. Nonetheless, these are equally important.

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Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Clothing and textile products imported, manufactured, and sold in the United States are subject to various labeling, flammability, substance, testing, and certification requirements. This guide explains what US brands should know about such requirements for clothing, curtains, pillows, rugs, and other textile products.
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United States Product Labeling Requirements: A Complete Guide

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Products sold in the United States must generally be labeled or marked according to the requirements in the applicable regulations. Some labeling requirements apply to all products, while others only cover certain types of products, materials, or even age groups.

Commonly, a single product is subject to several different product labeling and marking requirements, which is why you can often see a plethora of product information and compliance marks on everything from phone chargers to baby clothing.

This guide serves as an introduction to US product labeling and marking requirements for clothing, electronics, children’s products, furniture, and many other products.

Note that this guide covers both federal and some state-level labeling requirements. That being said, this is not an exhaustive list of labeling requirements in the United States.

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ASTM F963-23 Children’s Product Safety Standard: An Overview

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ASTM F963-23 is the latest version of ASTM F963, a safety standard that sets requirements for children’s products in the US. Compliance with ASTM F963-23 will become mandatory on April 20, 2024.

It covers requirements regarding chemical and heavy metals, mechanical, physical, and electrical safety, and more.

In this guide, we explain what you must know about ASTM F963-23, which products must comply with it, how you should ensure compliance, and where to buy the standard.

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US State Product Safety Standards and Regulations: An Overview

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US State Product Safety RegulationsUS importers and manufacturers are oftentimes not only required to ensure compliance with federal level requirements – but also those that apply on a state level. This guides serves as a broad overview of US state level regulations concerning chemicals and heavy metals, flammability, children’s product safety and more.

We do not cover every state, nor do we cover all product compliance related regulations in the listed US states. Additionally, we published separate articles for the following three US states:

Note: This guide is a compilation of articles published in 2021. Note that we have not updated or checked the information since the initial publications in 2021. Some information may be outdated.

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Microplastic Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can be found in consumer products such as cosmetics, or toothpaste.

The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015f amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act to prohibit microbeads, which are a type of microplastics that are intentionally added to products such as rinse-off cosmetics. The reason is that microplastics can end up in waterways and harm fish and other marine life.

In this guide, we explain what microplastics are, which products may contain them, and how the FDA and various state regulations restrict some types of microplastics from being used in products.
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