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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QIMA

QIMA offers CPSIA testing for a wide range of consumer products, including toys and products for young children.

It offers testing against specific substances, including lead and phthalate testing. Additionally, it can help you to assess how many samples should be tested in order to draft a reasonable testing plan.

Here are three examples of regulatory parts for which QIMA is accepted by the CPSC:

a. 16 CFR Part 1615 – Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 0 through 6X (FF 3-71)

b. 16 CFR Part 1616 – Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 7 through 14 (FF 5-74)

c. 16 CFR Part 1510 – Requirements for Rattles

QIMA has several labs around the world, including ten that are accepted by CPSC, including in the United States, Germany, China, and Vietnam.

QIMA lists various accreditations and memberships on its website. Those accreditations include ISO 9001, ANSI National Accreditation Board, and the CPSC (CPSIA). Its memberships include Amfori, Sedex, and Promotional Products Association International.

Services

  • Testing plans
  • Testing integration within quality inspections
  • Manufacturing audits
  • Tracking label reviews

HQ location: Hong Kong, China

Eurofins

Eurofins can help you test numerous childre’s products, including electronics, textiles, toy and childcare products. Here we list a few parts for which the company is CPSC-accepted:

a. 16 CFR Part 1505 – Requirements For Electrically Operated Toys Or Other Electrically Operated Articles Intended For Use By Children

b. 16 CFR Part 1501 – Method For Identifying Toys And Other Articles Intended For Use By Children Under 3 Years Of Age Which Present Choking, Aspiration, Or Ingestion Hazards Because Of Small Parts

c. 16 CFR Part 1513 – Requirements for Bunk Beds

Eurofins’s CPSC-accepted testing, inspection, and certification facilities includes labs in the United States and Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The company has numerous accreditations. Here are two examples of its location-based accreditations:

  • China – CMA, CNAS
  • United States – ISO, A2LA

Services

  • Labeling review
  • Risk assessments
  • Fault analysis

HQ location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Intertek

Intertek is a third-party laboratory that can help you test products, such as toys and nursery products per CPSIA requirements.

For example, the company is CPSC-accepted for the following safety standards:

a. 16 CFR Part 1227 – Safety Standard For Carriages And Strollers

b. 16 CFR Part 1232 – Safety Standard For Children’s Folding Chairs And Children’s Folding Stools

c. 16 CFR Part 1217 – Safety Standard For Toddler Beds

The company has CPSC-accepted facilities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For instance, it has facilities in many Chinese provinces and several US states.

It also has various accreditations. Here are some examples:

  • United States – ANSI, A2LA
  • Asia Pacific – BSMI, TLAS

Services

  • Guidance on compliance requirements
  • Product assessment
  • XRF product screening
  • Electronic filing of product certifications
  • Education and training
  • Consulting

HQ location: London, United Kingdom

SGS

SGS is another example of an international, CPSC-accepted third-party testing company that can test products such as toys and pacifiers.

Its testing services include mechanical, physical, and chemical testing, as well as result interpretation, failure analysis, and material recommendations.

Here are a few examples of parts for which SGS can test for, as it is CPSC-accepted:

a. 16 CFR Part 1250 – Safety Standard Mandating ASTM F963 For Toys

b. 16 CFR Part 1307 – Prohibition Of Children’s Toys And Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates

c. 16 CFR Part 1510 – Requirements for Rattles

SGS has numerous CPSC-accepted facilities in the EU, the Americas, and Asia. For example, it has labs the United States, Mexico, Germany, and China.

SGS has many accreditations, including ISO/IEC 17025 and ANAB.

Services

  • Consultancy programs
  • Training packages
  • Certification services

HQ location: Geneva, Switzerland, Country

Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is an accredited global testing and certification company that offers CPSIA product testing and certification services. It can tests products such as toys and juvenile products to standards such as ASTM F963.

It also has an online application called Product Technical Folder that allows participants in the supply chain (e.g., importers and manufacturers) to upload documentation and consequently demonstrate and track product compliance.

Here are three examples of standards for which Bureau Veritas is accepted by the CPSC:

a. 16 CFR Part 1615 – Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 0 through 6X (FF 3-71)

b. 16 CFR Part 1616 – Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 7 through 14 (FF 5-74)

c. 16 CFR Part 1215 – Safety Standard For Infant Bath Seats

The company has multiple CPSC-accepted facilities worldwide, including in the United States, Spain, Cambodia, and China.

Bureau Veritas has many accreditations, including from CPSC, and A2LA.

Services

  • Product specification development
  • Consultation
  • Documentation storage
  • Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) generation

HQ location: Paris, France

TÜV Rheinland

TÜV Rheinland is a third-party lab that offers product testing and certification to the CPSIA’s requirements. On its website, it claims to provide CPSIA testing for products and materials such as:

  • Textiles
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Toys

We list here three examples of safety standards for which TÜV Rheinland is accepted by the CPSC:

a. 16 CFR Part 1232 – Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

b. 16 CFR Part 1217 – Safety Standard for Toddler Beds

c. 16 CFR Part 1235 – Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products

TÜV Rheinland has CPSC-accepted labs in the United States, China, India and other Asian countries.

It lists its accreditations on its website, including A2LA, IECEE, and EMSD.

Services

  • Risk and responsibility assessments
  • Product assessments
  • Strategy guidance
  • Factory audits
  • Inspection services

HQ location: Cologne, Germany

UL

UL offers to test children’s products, such as toys, apparel, accessories, and footwear. It can test for flammability, sharp points and edges, and chemicals.

Here are a few parts or standards that UL is CPSC-accepted for:

a. 16 CFR Part 1511 – Requirements for Pacifiers

b. 16 CFR Part 1230 – Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers

c. 16 CFR Part 1226 –Safety Standard for Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers

The company has CPSC-accepted labs in the United States, Turkey, China, and other Asian countries.

It also has several accreditations, such as from the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB).

Services

  • Restricted substance evaluation
  • Toxicological risk assessments
  • Regulatory testing
  • Label evaluation and verification

HQ location: Northbrook, Illinois, United States

TÜV SÜD

TÜV SÜD can test children’s products to CPSIA requirements. It provides certification services and also has a web page where you can search for your TÜV SÜD-issued certification by entering items such as:

  • Certification ID number
  • Product model
  • Certificate holder’s name

Here are a few examples of parts that TÜV SÜD is CPSC-accepted to test for:

a. 16 CFR Part 1307 – Prohibition Of Children’s Toys And Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates

b. 16 CFR Part 1219 – Safety Standard for Full-Size Cribs

c. 16 CFR Part 1510 – Requirements for Rattles

TÜV SÜD has four CPSC-accepted test labs; two are in China, and the others are in Singapore and India, respectively.

It is an OSHA-recognised NRTL and A2LA accredited.

Services

  • Documentation review
  • Consultation

HQ location: Munich, Germany

DEKRA

DEKRA offers to perform chemical safety tests, mechanical safety and flammability test. Its testing services include the following product groups:

  • Toys and stuffed toys
  • Baby and toddler products
  • Children’s electronics
  • Jewellery for children
  • Modeling clay, finger paints

Here are three parts for which DEKRA is accepted by the CPSC:

a. 16 CFR Part 1511 – Requirements for Pacifiers

b. 16 CFR Part 1505 – Requirements For Electrically Operated Toys Or Other Electrically Operated Articles Intended For Use By Children

c. 16 CFR Part 1610 – Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

DEKRA has four CPSC-accepted labs – two in Germany, and two in China.

DEKRA’s accreditations include A2LA, and CNAS. It also lists the following ISO certificates on its website:

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 27001
  • ISO 45001
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 17025

Services

  • Substance analysis
  • Certification

HQ location: Stuttgart, Germany

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