Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC)

Certain non-children's, or general use, products, subject to a federal consumer product safety requirement must be certified in a GCC based on a reasonable testing program for compliance with applicable consumer product safety requirements.

Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) - General Use/Non-Children's Products

Manufacturers and importers of general use products (i.e., non-children’s products) for which consumer product safety rules apply, must certify in a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) that their product(s) comply with all applicable rules.   A manufacturer or importer of such a product must support its GCC with records from a test of each product or a reasonable testing program.

 

Below is a list of rules that require the issuance of a GCC.  See our webpages on reasonable testing programs and GCCs for more information.  

 

Note 1:  The use of CPSC-accepted testing laboratories to conduct required testing is not a requirement for general use, or non-children’s, products.  First party testing, or testing from any qualified laboratory or test facility, can support a GCC. 

 

Note 2: Certain regulations contain product-specific requirements outlining a reasonable testing program and the responsible party in the supply chain specifically responsible for issuing the GCC.  Consult the list of those regulations here: Rules Requiring Third-Party Testing.

 

This list is an overview summary provided for your convenience. However, parties must always comply with the underlying requirements in the applicable regulation(s).

 

Product Category

Regulation (Part)

Regulation

Architectural Glazing Materials

1201

Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials

Matchbooks

1202

Safety Standard for Matchbooks

Bicycle Helmets

1203

Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets – General Use

CB Antennas

1204

Safety Standard for Omnidirectional Citizens Band Base Station Antennas

Power Mowers

1205

Safety Standard for Walk-Behind Power Lawn Mowers

Swimming Pool Slides

1207

Safety Standard for Swimming Pool Slides

Cellulose Insulation

1209

Interim Safety Standard for Cellulose Insulation

Cigarette Lighters

1210

Safety Standard for Cigarette Lighters

Garage Door Openers

1211

Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators

Multipurpose Lighters

1212

Safety Standard for Multipurpose Lighters

Bunk Beds

Furniture

1213

Safety Standard for Entrapment Hazards in Bunk Beds – General Use

Magnet Sets 1240 Safety Standard for Magnet Sets

Refuse Bins

1301

Ban of Unstable Refuse Bins*

Paints and Coatings and

Furniture

1303

Ban of Lead-Containing Paint and Certain Consumer Products Bearing Lead-Containing Paint - General Use.  Applies to consumer paints and paint used on certain movable non-metal furniture* products

Consumer Patching Compounds

1304

Ban of Consumer Patching Compounds Containing Respirable Free-Form Asbestos*

Artificial Emberizing Materials

1305

Ban of Artificial Emberizing Materials (Ash and Embers) Containing Respirable Free-Form Asbestos*

Lawn Darts

1306

Ban of Hazardous Lawn Darts*

ATVs

1420

Requirements for All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Pool and Spa drain covers

1450

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Regulations

Metal Candle wicks

1500.17(a)(13)

Ban of Candles with Metal-Cored Wicks*

Fireworks

1507

Fireworks Devices

Bicycles

1512

Requirements for Bicycles – General Use

Wearing Apparel

1610

Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles – General Use *Read the Commission's Enforcement Discretion Policy

Vinyl Plastic Film

1611

Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film – General Use

Carpets and Rugs

Large

1630

Standard for the Surface Flammability of Carpets And Rugs – General Use

Carpets and Rugs

Small

1631

Standard for the Surface Flammability of Small Carpets and Rugs – General Use

Mattresses

Smoldering ignition

1632

Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads – General Use (includes twin size mattresses, mattress pads, and mattress sets)

Mattresses

Open-flame ignition

1633

Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame)of Mattress Sets – General Use

Special Packaging

1700

Poison Prevention Packaging

Refrigerator doors

1750

Standard for Devices to Permit the Opening of Household Refrigerator Doors from the Inside

Portable gas containers

P.L. 110-278

ASTM F2517-05 Closures on portable gasoline containers

Drywall P.L. 112-266 Limitations on sulfur content in ASTM C1396-14a, “Standard Specification for Gypsum Board.” 

 

*For certification of banned products, please consult the following Commission document for specific guidance about the class of products for which the Commission expects issuance of a GCC.  The Commission has provided guidance regarding which bans require certification, recognizing that it may be difficult to distinguish between rules that ban an entire product category, leaving no products left to certify, and rules that ban a subset of the product category, and therefore, require certification. Some bans enforced by the Commission apply to multiple products or more than one product category. (See pp 28082 and 28090).

 

This overview was updated on Nov. 28, 2014 and is a tool that may be used in conjunction with consumer product safety rules.  This overview is not intended to replace or supersede any sections of federal law.  In the case of any discrepancies between this overview and federal law, federal law will supersede this overview.