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Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC)

Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) - General Use/Non-Children's Products

Manufacturers and importers of general use products (i.e., non-children’s products) for which consumer product safety rules apply, must certify in a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) that their product(s) comply with all applicable rules.   A manufacturer or importer of such a product must support its GCC with records from a test of each product or a reasonable testing program.


Below is a list of rules that require the issuance of a GCC.  See our webpages on reasonable testing programs andGCCs for more information.  


Note 1:  The use of CPSC-accepted testing laboratories to conduct required testing is not a requirement for general use, or non-children’s, products.  First party testing, or testing from any qualified laboratory or test facility, can support a GCC. 


Note 2: Certain regulations contain product-specific requirements outlining a reasonable testing program and the responsible party in the supply chain specifically responsible for issuing the GCC.  Consult the list of those regulations here: Rules Requiring Third-Party Testing.


This list is an overview summary provided for your convenience. However, parties must always comply with the underlying requirements in the applicable regulation(s).

Product Category

Legal Citation

Requirement Description

Architectural Glazing Materials


Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials



Safety Standard for Matchbooks

Bicycle Helmets


Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets – General Use

CB Antennas


Safety Standard for Omnidirectional Citizens Band Base Station Antennas

Power Mowers


Safety Standard for Walk-Behind Power Lawn Mowers

Swimming Pool Slides


Safety Standard for Swimming Pool Slides

Cellulose Insulation


Interim Safety Standard for Cellulose Insulation

Cigarette Lighters


Safety Standard for Cigarette Lighters

Garage Door Openers


Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators

Multipurpose Lighters


Safety Standard for Multipurpose Lighters

Bunk Beds


Safety Standard for Entrapment Hazards in Bunk Beds – General Use

Refuse Bins


Ban of Unstable Refuse Bins*

Paints and Similar Surface Coatings


Ban of Lead-Containing Paint and Certain Consumer Products Bearing Lead-Containing Paint - General Use.  Applies to consumer paints and paint used on certain movable non-metal furniture* products

Consumer Patching Compounds


Ban of Consumer Patching Compounds Containing Respirable Free-Form Asbestos*

Artificial Emberizing Materials


Ban of Artificial Emberizing Materials (Ash and Embers) Containing Respirable Free-Form Asbestos*

Lawn Darts


Ban of Hazardous Lawn Darts*



Requirements for All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Pool and Spa drain covers


Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Regulations

Portable Gas Containers


Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act Regulation (incorporating ASTM F2517-15, Standard Specification for Determination of Child Resistance of Portable Fuel Containers for Consumer Use)

Metal Candle wicks


Ban of Candles with Metal-Cored Wicks*



Fireworks Devices



Requirements for Bicycles – General Use

Wearing Apparel


Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles – General Use *Read the Commission's Enforcement Discretion Policy

Vinyl Plastic Film


Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film – General Use

Carpets and Rugs (Large)


Standard for the Surface Flammability of Carpets And Rugs – General Use

Carpets and Rugs (Small)


Standard for the Surface Flammability of Small Carpets and Rugs – General Use

Mattresses (Smoldering)


Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads – General Use (includes twin size mattresses, mattress pads, and mattress sets)

Mattresses (Open Flame)


Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame)of Mattress Sets – General Use

Special Packaging


Poison Prevention Packaging

Refrigerator doors


Standard for Devices to Permit the Opening of Household Refrigerator Doors from the Inside


P.L. 112-266

Limitations on sulfur content in ASTM C1396-14a, “Standard Specification for Gypsum Board.” 



*For certification of banned products, please consult the following Commission document for specific guidance about the class of products for which the Commission expects issuance of a GCC.  The Commission has provided guidance regarding which bans require certification, recognizing that it may be difficult to distinguish between rules that ban an entire product category, leaving no products left to certify, and rules that ban a subset of the product category, and therefore, require certification. Some bans enforced by the Commission apply to multiple products or more than one product category. (See pp 28082 and 28090).


This overview was updated on Nov. 28, 2014 and is a tool that may be used in conjunction with consumer product safety rules.  This overview is not intended to replace or supersede any sections of federal law.  In the case of any discrepancies between this overview and federal law, federal law will supersede this overview. 

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