CPSC staff promotes safety by monitoring or providing technical support for voluntary standards activities for a wide range of consumer products.
What are voluntary standards?
Through collaboration with voluntary standard organizations (like ANSI, ASTM, CSA, UL, and others) safety standards are developed for consumer products. In many cases these standards bring industry groups, government agencies, and consumer groups together to agree on best consumer product safety practices. Read more about what this may mean for manufacturers, and how standards can be used to help lead towards the development safe consumer products.
Below is a list of topics in which CPSC staff is participating in work involving voluntary standards. For some products listed below, there also may be a mandatory regulation.
CPSC staff publishes draft recommendations and research reports to improve safety requirements before they are submitted to voluntary standards organizations. These are available here:
You may also view archived information on CPSC staff voluntary standards activities. Please go to our search page for additional information on voluntary standards.