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Products Under the Jurisdiction of Other Federal Agencies and Federal Links

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over many types of consumer products, from coffee makers, to toys, to lawn mowers, to fireworks. However, some types of consumer products are covered by other Federal agencies either exclusively or concurrently. For example, automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation; food, drugs (except for child resistant-packaging for these products), and cosmetics are mainly covered by the Food and Drug Administration. As a resource for consumers, such product categories and related topics are presented below, along with links to the appropriate Federal agencies; some other Federal and state consumer links are provided as well. See a complete list of U.S. government agencies here: Federal Register: Agencies.

*Disclaimer: The following list is provided for educational purposes and should not be relied upon for legal determinations. Consult your attorney for business-related needs and jurisdictional determinations.



US Department of Transportation (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • Automobiles
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
     - but CPSC authority covers off-road vehicles like ATVs, ROVs, etc.
  • Car Seats
     - but CPSC may share jurisdiction over car seats.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • Roads

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Mass transit

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

  • Trains

US Coast Guard (USCG)

  • Boats (Boating Safety |
  • Personal flotation devices (life jackets)
     - but CPSC may share jurisdiction over life jackets intended for use by children.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Foods (with help from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs
     - but CPSC authority covers child-resistant packaging
  • Vaccines, Blood, and Biologics
  • Animal and Veterinary Products (including pet food)
  • Medical Devices
     - but CPSC may share jurisdiction over some hazardous substances and some products intended for use by children
  • Radiation-emitting Products
  • Tobacco / Tobacco Products

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Pesticides
  • Air quality
  • Water sources
  • Waste disposal
  • Contamination and toxic cleanup
  • Environmental justice

US Department of Labor (DOL)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)


US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)

  • Industrial chemical accidents and spills

US Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

  • Illicit drugs and controlled substances

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

  • Firearms and ammunition
     - but CPSC authority covers gun safes and gun locks, airsoft guns, toy guns, and imitation guns
  • Commercial Fireworks
     - but CPSC covers consumer fireworks
  • Alcohol

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • Counterfeits (with the US Department of Commerce,
  • Intellectual Property rights (in partnership with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) at The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center — IPRCenter and the US Department of Commerce)
  • Terrorism
  • Cybercrime
  • Counterintelligence
  • Civil rights
  • Public corruption
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Organized crime
  • White-collar crime
  • Violent crime

Civil Rights Division


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Consumer financial products (such as loans, credit cards, bank accounts/services, debt collection, abusive or deceptive business practices, frauds, and scams, etc.)

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Stock markets and trading
  • Corporation finance
  • Investment management

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable (includes wireless internet and Bluetooth® connections)

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

  • Home ownership
  • Rental housing
  • Multifamily dwellings
  • Manufactured homes
  • Hospital facilities
  • Residential care facilities

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

  • Mortgages


Not all consumer issues are covered by federal authorities. In some instances, state and/or local governments may have relevant rules and regulations.



State and Local Governments

US Government Recalls

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