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The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law in 2008. This law amends the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and was designed to allow the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to better regulate the safety of products offered for sale in the United States. This law contains regulations specifically intend to make products for children under the age of 12 years safer by requiring manufactures to demonstrate that their products do not contain harmful levels of lead and certain phthalates, provisions for toy safety, third-party testing and certification and more.

The law defines “children’s product” as a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. Industries subjected to the regulations under CPSIA include by not limited to; apparel, shoes, accessories and jewelry, toys, electronic and video games, books, school supplies, educational materials, science kits, bedding, home furnishings etc.

The manufacture, import or private labeler must certify that their children’s products comply with all applicable safety regulations. This certification is issued in writing in the form of a Children’s Product Certification. The certification is based on the results of third-party testing.

Testing for compliance with CPSIA must be performed by a third-party accredited laboratory that the CPSC has accepted to perform testing for compliance to the specific test method.

Specific to Children’s Toys, CPSIA has made various section of ASTM F 963 mandatory for testing for compliance at a CPSC accepted third party laboratory. Included in the list of mandatory testing is the migrated elements of antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium from accessible surface coating and substrates before and after use and abuse testing.

You can consult the complete list of applicable ASTM F963 sections which require third-party testing here.

How UL can support you 

UL is part of the ASTM working group for the standard revision and our global laboratories are accredited by CPSC:

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