CPSC Lifts Stay of Enforcement on Flammability Requirements for Certain Non-Children's ProductsEffective January 26, 2011

Certification testing can be done by the manufacturer of the product based on a test of each product or on a "reasonable testing program."
January 18, 2011
Release Number: 11-100

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to lift the stay of enforcement on certification for compliance with the flammability standards for non-children's products in the following categories: vinyl plastic film, clothing textiles, carpets and rugs

- Vinyl plastic film

- Clothing textiles

- Carpets and rugs

General certificates of conformity (GCCs) will be required for the flammability standards for these three non-children's products starting on January 26, 2011 certifying that a manufacturer's products comply with these standards. GCCs do not need to be based on testing done by a third-party laboratory. Rather, certification testing can be done by the manufacturer of the product based on a test of each product or on a "reasonable testing program."

A GCC must accompany the product whether imported or manufactured in the United States and be furnished to the product's distributors and/or retailers. Firms must supply GCCs for their products to CPSC upon request.

The Commission's vote is intended to clarify the lifting of the stay of enforcement of the flammability standards with respect to these three non-children's products.