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CPSC Labeling Requirements Overview

Various labeling requirements apply to consumer products depending on the product type, its specific design and component parts, and the age group for which it is intended.  See the summary below of the most common U.S. CPSC labeling requirements that may apply to a consumer product.  (NOTE, there may be other U.S. federal or state labeling requirements that apply to a given product, depending on its function and composition. Additionally, CPSC does not regulate all products sold into the U.S. market–many products are under the jurisdiction of other federal agencies, as shown here: Products Under the Jurisdiction of Other Federal Agencies and Federal Links | CPSC.gov).

Summary of Most Common U.S. CPSC Labeling Requirements:

  • Tracking Labels.  All children’s products must be labeled with tracking information on the product and its packaging, if practicable to do so.
     
  • Small Parts.  The specific small parts labeling requirements for products containing small parts and intended for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age can be found at:  16 CFR 1500.19, 16 CFR 1500.20, and 16 CFR 1500.121.
     
  • Federal Hazards Substances Act (FHSA). The FHSA requires precautionary labeling on the immediate container of hazardous household substances to help consumers store and use those products safely and to inform them about immediate first-aid steps to take if an accident happens.
     
  • Art Materials. Art Materials must bear the statement: “Conforms to ASTM D-4236,” after they have been reviewed by a toxicologist.
     
  • Children’s Toys.  The ASTM F963-17 Toy Standard has certain labeling requirements for specific types of children’s toys.  Each toy should also be labeled with an age grading.
     
  • Durable Infant or Toddler Products.  In addition to tracking label requirements, durable infant or toddler products must meet other product and outer-package labeling requirements
     
  • Product-Specific Labeling Requirements.  Many other categories of products have their own labeling requirements.  Use our Regulatory Robot tool to determine which specific labeling requirements may apply to your product.

Where can I find additional information?

For more information, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s:

  • Office of Compliance (for specific enforcement inquires): e-mail: section15@cpsc.gov; telephone: (800) 638-2772.
  • Small Business Ombudsman (for general assistance understanding and complying with CPSC regulations): e-mail: Please use our Contact Form, which is the best way to get a fast response; telephone: (888) 531-9070.
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