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We understand that small business owners sometimes need extra help figuring out which CPSC safety requirements apply to their products. While there is no "one size fits all" checklist of safety requirements, we have highlighted valuable resources below that can help both new and experienced small businesses learn more about CPSC’s safety requirements.

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About the Small Business Ombudsman 

The Small Business Ombudsman’s principal mission is to guide small businesses through CPSC’s complex regulatory landscape, to help them bring their products into compliance, and to resolve procedural issues with the agency.

Additional Small Business Resources

Small Business Education Videos

CPSC Webinar: Children’s Toy Overview

May 10, 2018
A presentation by the CPSC's Small Business Ombudsman on the labeling, testing, and certification requirements on children's toys, including ASTM F963-17.
CPSC Small Business Office Webinar Series: Toy Standard Update (ASTM F963-16)

April 14, 2017
This webinar was conducted by the CPSC Small Business Ombudsman, Shelby Mathis, to cover changing toy testing requirements. Through examination of Frankytoy, a hybrid animated toy comprised of several common toy components, attendees learn federal toy labeling and testing requirements along with applicable parts of the new toy standard, ASTM F963-16.
Tour Our Product Testing Lab

December 16, 2011
For a recall to happen, a product needs to be found to be unsafe. But exactly what does that mean? Here's an inside view. Meet the scientists. See some of the tests. Think about these tests when you buy and use consumer products.
2012 Safety Academy: Fast Track Panel

September 20, 2012
CPSC staff holds a panel discussion on the fast track process
CPSC's Office of General Counsel Presents at 2016 ICPHSO Annual Meeting

March 09, 2016
CPSC Office of General Counsel staff discusses civil penalty guidance, jurisdictional and regulatory developments and federal cooperation.
CPSC Public Workshop: Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials, Part 1

February 24, 2009
The workshop provided an open forum to facilitate effective communication among stakeholders about progress achieved in the Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment research category of the NNI's Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research (PDF), and about the path forward for addressing research needs in this category.
Register as a Small Batch Manufacturers of Children's Toys

December 01, 2011
Learn the who, what, when, where and how of registering with CPSC as a small batch manufacturer of children's toys.
2012 Safety Academy: Section 6 (b)

September 20, 2012
Melissa Hampshire presents a summary of Section 6(b).