ASTM F963-17 Children’s Product Safety Requirements: An Overview

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ASTM F963-17

ASTM F963-17 is a safety standard for toys, covering chemicals and heavy metals, mechanical and physical properties, electrical safety, small parts, and flammability. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.

In this guide, we explain what importers and brands must know about this standard, including its product scope, requirements, warning labels, lab testing procedures, and more.

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Wood & Bamboo Product Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Wood and bamboo products are subject to various regulations, covering standards, permits, testing, and documentation requirements. In this guide, we explain what American importers must know about compliance requirements applicable to wooden handicrafts, furniture, bamboo products, and more.

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UL Standards for Importers and Amazon Sellers: An Essential Guide

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UL Standards

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) develop standards for electronics and other products. These standards are often voluntary but serve as a reference point for ensuring that products are safe by design. In this guide, we explain what importers and Amazon sellers must know about UL standards, including product scope, examples, UL certification, UL listing, and more.

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Product Lab Testing Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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Product Lab Testing Requirements United States

Lab testing is necessary when importing and manufacturing most products in the United States. In this guide, we cover US lab testing requirements applicable to children’s products, textiles, furniture, electronics, and many other product categories. We also list US state regulations and standards that may require lab testing.

In addition, you’ll also learn why lab testing is in your interest as an importer or manufacturer when doing so is voluntary. Continue reading Product Lab Testing Requirements in the United States: An Overview

Bicycle Safety Standards and Regulations in the US: An Overview

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Bicycle Regulations United States

Bicycles are subject to various regulations and safety standards in the United States. In this guide, we cover the FHSA, CPSIA, ATSM standards, and other US compliance requirements applicable to bikes.

Further, this guide covers regulations for adult and children’s bicycles, but it doesn’t cover specific regulations for stationary gym bikes and e-bikes.
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Sex Toy Safety Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Sex Toys Regulations United States

Vibrators containing lithium batteries, plastics containing potentially harmful chemicals, and designs that may or may not be mechanically safe. Sex toys can pose serious safety risks, which in turn requires manufacturers and importers to take steps to ensure that their products are safe and compliant.

In this guide, we explain what brands must know about sex toy safety standards, substance regulations, labeling, and lab testing requirements in the United States.   Continue reading Sex Toy Safety Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Certification: A Complete Guide

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TSCA Certification

TSCA certification is required for some products that fall under the scope of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the United States. Further, certain chemicals also require the drafting of a positive or negative certificate – depending on the type of chemical.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about TSCA certification – depending on whether it concerns finished goods (articles) or chemical substances.

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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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