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Third-Party Testing Laboratory Accreditation & Small Entity Compliance Guide

All manufacturers and importers of children’s products must certify in a Children’s Product Certificate that their children’s products comply with all applicable children’s product safety rules.

Third-party testing means testing performed by a third-party accredited laboratory that CPSC has accepted to perform the specific tests for each children’s product safety rule. The below search provides you a list of labs have been accepted by CPSC to test for compliance with the children’s product rules. Here's a video tutorial and helpful questions to ask the laboratory.  


Search for a CPSC-Accepted Testing Lab


Lab Accreditation Resources

Rules Requiring Third-Party Testing and a Children's Product Certificate

Rules Requiring Testing and a General Certificate of Conformity

CPSC-Accepted Firewalled Laboratories

CPSC-Accepted Governmental Laboratories 

Frequently Asked Questions About CPSC-Accepted Laboratories

Frequently Asked Questions About Third-Party Testing

Federal Register Notices Related to Third-Party Testing

Test Methods

Lab Bulletins and Test Manuals



Final Rule: Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Phthalates Guidance on Inaccessible Component Parts, 16 CFR Part 1199

Final Rule: 1112/1118 Requirements for Third Party Conformity Assessment Bodies

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