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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.
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.
What is a Children's Product? Introductory Video

January 29, 2014
This is a five-minute video for small businesses explains children’s products, provides examples and links to additional resources. This is crucial, core knowledge for businesses seeking to comply with federal children's product safety requirements.
2012 Safety Academy: Introductions

September 20, 2012
CPSC’s chairman and commissioners and the director of CPSC’s Office of Education, Global Outreach and Small Business Ombudsman welcome participants to the agency’s first Safety Academy.
eFiling Alpha Pilot and Adult Wearing Apparel Exempt From Testing

April 13, 2016
A recording of the public meeting on the eFiling Alpha Pilot Adult Wearing Apparel Exemption - Disclaimer Options
2012 Safety Academy: Section 6 (b)

September 20, 2012
Melissa Hampshire presents a summary of Section 6(b).
CBP CPSC Working Group: CPSC PGA Message Set and Certificate Registry eFiling Alpha Pilot

May 14, 2015
CPSC staff meets with COAC working group and interested trade parties to discuss CBP’s pilot with CPSC to test implementation of the PGA Message Set for CPSC certificate filing at entry.