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

Below is a list of children’s product safety rules that require third-party testing as well as the legal citation to be used on a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC). Links under “Product or Issue Category” will take you to the respective CPSC business guidance page, and links under “Legal Citation” will take you to the actual text for the citation.

Third party testing is required to support a certification of compliance to the rules (shown below) for children's products. The laboratories in this list have been accepted as accredited to test products to one or more of these children’s product safety rules, as identified in the accreditation scope for each laboratory.

Qualifying and registered small batch manufacturers (SBM) may be able to receive relief from third party testing to certain safety rules (Group B requirements); registered SBMs may certify to Group B requirements via means other than testing by third-party, CPSC-accepted laboratories. For more information, visit our business guidance page for Small Batch Manufacturers.

Note: CPSC periodically updates existing mandatory rules, or publishes new mandatory rules, resulting in new requirements being added. This list is complete as of February 23, 2023. An up-to-date list for rules requiring third-party testing is codified at 16 CFR § 1112.15.


Product or Issue Category

Legal Citation

All-terrain vehicles

16 CFR part 1420

Baby changing products

16 CFR part 1235

Bassinets and cradles

16 CFR part 1218

Bedside sleepers

16 CFR part 1222

Bicycle helmets

16 CFR part 1203


16 CFR part 1512

Booster seats

16 CFR part 1237

Bunk beds (for children)

16 CFR part 1513

Carpets and rugs

16 CFR part 1630

Carriages and strollers

16 CFR part 1227

Children’s folding chairs and stools

16 CFR part 1232

Children’s sleepwear: sizes 0 through 6X (FF 3-71)

16 CFR part 1615

Children’s sleepwear: sizes 7 through 14 (FF 5-74)

16 CFR part 1616

Children’s toys 2

16 CFR part 1250

Clacker balls

16 CFR § 1500.86(a)(5)

Clothing and general wearing apparel

16 CFR part 1610

Clothing storage units

16 CFR part 1261

Crib mattresses

16 CFR part 1241

Dive sticks and other similar articles

16 CFR § 1500.86(a)(7) or (8)

Electrically operated toys or articles

16 CFR part 1505

Frame child carriers

16 CFR part 1230

Full-size cribs

16 CFR part 1219

Gates and enclosures

16 CFR part 1239

Hand-held infant carriers

16 CFR part 1225

High chairs

16 CFR part 1231

Infant bath seats

16 CFR part 1215

Infant bath tubs

16 CFR part 1234

Infant bouncer seats

16 CFR part 1229

Infant sleep products

16 CFR part 1236

Infant swings

16 CFR part 1223

Infant walkers

16 CFR part 1216


16 CFR part 1262

Mattresses and mattress pads

16 CFR part 1632

Mattresses and mattress sets

16 CFR part 1633

Non-full-size cribs

16 CFR part 1220


16 CFR part 1511

Paints and similar surface coatings containing lead 1

16 CFR part 1303

Phthalates 1

16 CFR part 1307

Play yards

16 CFR part 1221

Portable bedrails

16 CFR part 1224

Portable hook-on chairs

16 CFR part 1233


16 CFR part 1510

Sling carriers

16 CFR part 1228

Small carpets and rugs

16 CFR part 1631

Small parts

16 CFR part 1501

Soft infant and toddler carriers

16 CFR part 1226

Stationary activity centers

16 CFR part 1238

Toddler beds

16 CFR part 1217

Total lead content 1

15 U.S.C. § 1278a

Toy, Look-Alike, and Imitation Firearms 3

15 U.S.C. § 5001

Vinyl plastic film

16 CFR part 1611

1 Click here for CPSC’s chemical testing methods.

2 The CPC should specify the individual sections of the currently accepted version of ASTM F963 applicable to the product and not simply cite 16 CFR part 1250. See this chart for a list of ASTM sections that require third-party testing.

3GCC Temporary Enforcement Discretion: The CPSC Office of Compliance and Field Operations will exercise enforcement discretion and will not pursue enforcement action against manufacturers, importers, or private labelers of look-alike and imitation firearms for failure to certify or to issue, provide, or make available to the Commission a GCC pursuant to Section 14(a)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), 15 U.S.C. § 2063(a)(1).  This enforcement discretion will remain in effect until January 1, 2024.  This discretion does not impact any other requirements under the law. Please read the entire GCC enforcement discretion letter for more information.

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