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

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.

Product or Issue Category Legal Citation
All-terrain vehicles 16 CFR part 1420
Architectural glazing materials 16 CFR part 1201
Adult portable bed rail 16 CFR part 1270
Artificial emberizing materials 1 16 CFR part 1305
Bicycle helmets 2 16 CFR part 1203
Bicycles 16 CFR part 1512
Bunk beds 16 CFR part 1213
Button cell or coin battery P.L. 117-171 (codified at 15 U.S.C. § 2056e Notes)
16 CFR part 1263
Carpets and rugs (large) 16 CFR part 1630
Carpets and rugs (small) 16 CFR part 1631
CB antennas 16 CFR part 1204
Cellulose insulation 16 CFR part 1209
Cigarette lighters 16 CFR part 1210
Clothing storage units 16 CFR part 1261
Consumer patching compounds 1 16 CFR part 1304
Drywall 15 U.S.C. § 2056c
Fireworks 16 CFR part 1507
Garage door openers 16 CFR part 1211
Lawn darts 1 16 CFR part 1306
Liquid nicotine packaging (CNPPA) 15 U.S.C. § 1472a
Magnets 16 CFR part 1262
Matchbooks 16 CFR part 1202
Mattresses and mattress pads 16 CFR part 1632
Mattresses and mattress sets 16 CFR part 1633
Metal candle wicks 1 16 CFR § 1500.17(a)(13)
Multipurpose lighters 16 CFR part 1212
Paints and similar surface coatings containing lead 1 16 CFR part 1303
Pool and spa drain covers 16 CFR part 1450
Portable fuel containers (flame mitigation device) 16 CFR part 1461
Portable fuel container (special packaging) 16 CFR part 1460
Power mowers 16 CFR part 1205
Refrigerator doors 3 16 CFR part 1750
Refuse bins 1 16 CFR part 1301
Special packaging (PPPA) 16 CFR part 1700
Swimming pool slides (freestanding) 16 CFR part 1207
Toy, look-alike, and imitation firearms 4 16 CFR part 1272
Vinyl plastic film 16 CFR part 1611
Wearing apparel 5 16 CFR part 1610

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.

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