Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for US Importers: A Complete Guide

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Toxic Substances Control Act

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulates both chemicals and substances in articles. In this guide, we explain what Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) means in practice for importers and manufacturers, in terms of scope, certification, labeling, and lab testing requirements.

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List of Products Covered by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

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TSCA Covered Products List

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) restricts chemicals and products that may contain restricted chemicals. In this guide, we list various products and materials that are more likely to contain substances restricted by TSCA. This includes composite wood, plastics, batteries, and electronics.

Further, some products are also listed in TSCA, while others are covered in this guide as they are generally more likely to contain the restricted substances – without being explicitly mentioned in the TSCA. Also, this is not a definitive list, and other products and materials may be subject to the TSCA.

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Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the US

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Button Coin Battery Regulations United States

Button cell batteries can cause horrendous injuries if swallowed. In this guide, we list standards and regulations that apply to button cell batteries and products containing button cell batteries in the United States. Notice that standards, such as ASTM and UL standards, apply to both children’s products and non-children’s products.

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Walmart Marketplace Product Compliance Requirements: An Overview

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Walmart Marketplace Product Compliance Requirements

The Walmart Marketplace can be an attractive alternative to Amazon for e-commerce businesses looking to diversify their sales channels. In this guide, we explain what third-party sellers must know about product safety, labeling, and certification requirements when selling on Walmart Marketplace.

This guide is largely based on seller requirements on their page titled Supplier Expectations Compliance Areas. We help you understand these requirements from a more practical perspective. Keep in mind that their requirements may have been updated since the date of publication. Further, these guidelines are not specifically targeting Walmart Marketplace sellers, but to Walmart’s suppliers in general.
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Packaging Recycling and Sustainability Symbols in the US: An Overview

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Packaging recycling and sustainability symbols can be applied to plastic, paper, and other packaging materials. Some symbols only indicate the materials used, while others are used for the sake of stating if the packaging is made using recycled materials.

In this guide, you will learn what US importers, brands, and manufacturers need to know about the Resin Identification Code (RIC) system, the BPI Certification Mark, and FSC symbols.

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CPSIA Children’s Product Certificate (CPC): A Practical Guide

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Issuing a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) is mandatory when importing or manufacturing toys and other children’s products in the United States. Doing so requires that you know how to correctly input information about the product, your company, and the CPSC accepted lab testing company that has tested your products.

In this guide, you will learn what to include in your CPC, while avoiding some of the more common mistakes we’ve encountered.

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CPSIA and ASTM F963 Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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Testing according to applicable ASTM standards, which includes ASTM F963, is mandatory when importing and manufacturing children’s products in the United States. In this guide, we answer essential questions that you may have about CPSIA lab testing requirements and ASTM F963 testing in particular.

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Magnet Safety Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Magnet Regulations United States

Magnets are potential safety hazards, especially for children. In this guide, we cover ASTM standards, labeling, and testing requirements applicable to magnets used in toys and other children’s products, adult jewelry, and other usages.
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PFAS Regulations in the United States: An Essential Guide

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PFAS Regulations United States

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that are added to certain consumer products to enhance their ability to resist water, stains, and flames. Examples of these products include non-stick cookware, apparel, furniture, and building materials.

In recent years, PFAS have been regulated by some federal and state regulations in the US for their toxicity to humans and the environment. In this article, we introduce PFAS regulations in the US. Continue reading PFAS Regulations in the United States: An Essential Guide

RoHS Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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RoHS Requirements in the United States

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) sets restrictions on certain heavy metals and chemicals in electronic components. While the RoHS Directive is originally an EU Directive, many US states have implemented similar RoHS restrictions.

In this guide, we cover RoHS requirements in California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and other states.

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