Below is a list of product safety rules that require certification in a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC). Links under “Product or Issue Category” will take you to the respective CPSC business guidance page (if available), and links under “Legal Citation” will take you to the actual text for the citation.
The use of a third-party, CPSC-accepted laboratory to conduct testing pursuant to the product safety rules noted below 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. See "What is a reasonable testing program?" on our GCC FAQs for more information.
Testing of children’s products, on the other hand, does require the use of a third-party, CPSC-accepted laboratory. For more information on children’s products, visit our business guidance page on children’s products.
Note: CPSC periodically updates existing mandatory rules or publishes new mandatory rules, resulting in new requirements being added. This list is current as of October 31, 2023.
1 For certification to banning regulations, the Commission has provided guidance (78 FR 28080) 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 (pp. 28082 and 28090 of the document).
2 Per 16 CFR § 1203.34(a), bicycle helmets must bear a label indicating compliance with the applicable requirements. This label acts as the product’s certificate of compliance, as that term is used in section 14 of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2063; therefore, general-use bicycle helmets do not need a separate GCC. Bicycle helmets that are considered children’s products are still subject to the certificate requirements because they are subject to additional consumer product safety rules.
3 The Commission issued a Statement of Policy (84 FR 37767) indicating that CPSC will not enforce the certification requirements for household refrigerators that display an appropriate safety certification mark indicating compliance.
4 GCC 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.
5 The Commission issued a Statement of Policy (81 FR 12587) indicating that CPSC will not enforce the certification requirements for adult wearing apparel that is exempt from testing pursuant to 16 CFR § 1610.1(d). Wearing apparel that are considered children’s products are not afforded this enforcement discretion.