Shoes and Footwear Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Shoes Footwear Regulations US

Footwear imported and manufactured in the United States is covered by various regulations, standards, substance restrictions, labeling, and testing requirements. Further, additional requirements apply to protective footwear and children’s footwear.

In this guide, we explain what you need to know about the OSH Act, 16 CFR Part 1610, California Proposition 65, and other compliance requirements for footwear.

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Furniture Flammability Safety Standards in the United States: An Overview

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Furniture Flammability Safety Standards United States

Furniture imported to or manufactured in the United States is subject to various flammability standards. In this guide, we explain what US businesses must know about 16 CFR Part 1640, California Technical Bulletin 117-2013, ASTM standards, and more.

The guide also covers flammability testing requirements, labeling, certification, and compliance risks.
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ENERGY STAR® Guide for Importers and Manufacturers

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ENERGY STAR Guide

Are you an importer or manufacturer looking to use the ENERGY STAR mark for your products? Having the mark on your product communicates that your product is more energy efficient.

This article covers the ENERGY STAR program and its associated marks and addresses common questions associated with the program. The primary source for this article comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR program.

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Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) Guide: An Overview

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Are you an importer or manufacturer of appliances and equipment in the US? The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) imposes test procedures, labeling requirements, and energy targets that may apply to your product.

In this article, we introduce the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) and its parts, and we address common questions associated with the act.
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E-Bike Regulations & Standards in the United States: An Overview

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E-bikes Regulations in the United States

E-bikes are defined as bicycles with an electric motor that provides pedal assistance and allows riders to accelerate their pace. This guide is relevant to all companies indenting to import, manufacture, or sell e-bikes in the United States. It covers both regulations and standards for e-bikes, including 16 CFR Part 1512, FCC Title 47, CPSIA, and more.

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UN 38.3 Requirements for Lithium Batteries: A Practical Guide

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UN 38.3 guide
Planning to ship lithium batteries by air into the United States, the European Union, or other markets? In this article, we explain what importers and manufacturers should know about UN 38.3 and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) requirements.

We explain the requirements regarding testing, the shipper’s declaration, and how to package lithium batteries and subsequently label these for air transport.
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Pet Product Regulations in the US: A Practical Guide

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Pet toys and accessories imported and manufactured in the United States are subject to various consumer product regulations and standards. In this guide, we cover chemicals and heavy metals restrictions, flammability requirements, and labeling requirements for pet products in general.

Here are some examples of pet products to which this guide is relevant:

  • Pet toys
  • Pet accessories
  • Pet clothing
  • Dog beds
  • Cat scratching trees
  • Pet food

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United States Product Labeling Requirements: An Overview

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Planning to import or manufacture products in the United States? In this article, we explain what you must know about product and packaging labeling requirements, covering clothing, electronics, children’s products, and more.

Note that this article 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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Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Guide for Importers and Manufacturers

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Generally Recognized As Safe
The US FDA designates substances as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) if experts have determined via scientific processes that said substances do not pose any inherent health risks. Substances that are GRAS can be found on the FDA’s Food Additives Status List.

This guide covers what GRAS is, food ingredients that have been sanctioned before the implementation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics (FD&C) Act, and which direct and indirect food substances are affirmed as GRAS.

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How often should a product be lab tested?

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Lab testing frequency

Are you an importer or a manufacturer looking to test your product? Whether you need to identify the chemical composition of your product or you want to assess if your product meets the relevant safety requirements, ‘laboratory testing’ should be considered.

That being said, lab testing is not necessarily a “one and done” thing. For starters, you can expect that you will need to re-arrange testing if you ever change materials, components, make design changes, or manufacturer. It is also necessary to re-test products as standards are amended, and new standards are implemented.

However, some regulations require that you go one step further and implement a periodic lab testing program – even without any such changes.

This article presents information relating to how frequently lab testing should be done. In addressing the question, we compare several US and EU product regulations. This includes the CPSIA and FCC 47 CFR Part 15 in the US, and the Toy Safety and the EMC Directive in the EU.

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