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Testing & Certification

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Federal law requires manufacturers and importers to test many consumer products for compliance with consumer product safety requirements. Based on passing test results, the manufacturer or importer must certify the consumer product as compliant with the applicable consumer product safety requirements in a written or electronic certificate.  Certificates are required to accompany the applicable product or shipment of products covered by the certificate, and a copy must be provided to retailers, distributors and, upon request, to the government.

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CPSC-Accepted Laboratories

A manufacturer or importer of a children’s product must use a third party, CPSC-accepted laboratory to test its product for compliance with the applicable federal children's product safety requirements.

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Rules Requiring Third-Party Testing and a Children's Product Certificate

Section 14(a)(3)(E) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, as amended, requires the Commission to 'maintain on its Internet website an up-to-date list of entities that have been accredited to assess conformity with children's product safety rules.

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Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC)

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. 

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