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Third Party Testing

Federal law requires that every children's product be tested by a third party, CPSC-accepted laboratory for compliance with the applicable federal children's product safety requirements.

Begin by reviewing the Initial Certification Testing page below for more information about third party testing generally. We've also provided additional guidance about different kinds of testing. The type of third party testing that may apply to an individual product may vary based on a variety of factors related to production choices. Companies should pay close attention to these testing requirements and maintain good records to document their compliance.

For more information, visit our third party testing FAQs.

Initial Certification Testing

All children's products must be third party tested by a CPSC-accepted lab. Based on passing results of the third party testing, the manufacturer must then issue a Children's Product Certificate (CPC).

Component Part Testing

Third party tests can be conducted separately on component parts. Manufacturers and importers can either conduct the tests themselves or rely on test reports or component part certificates from another party, such as a supplier, if they use due care and follow all CPSC regulatory requirements.

Material Change Testing

If you have made a material change to your children's product, you are required to either retest the product or retest the component part that was changed for compliance with those rules affected by the material change. You must then issue a new CPC based on the new passing test results.

Periodic Testing

Periodic testing means third party testing that must be conducted on the continuing production of a children's product over specified time frames. This is in addition to initial certification and material change testing.

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