CPC certificate is the full name of the children’s product certificate (Children’s ProductCertificate, CPC) applies to all children aged 12 and under as the main target use of products, such as toys, cradles, children’s clothing, etc..
If produced locally in the United States, the manufacturer is responsible for providing, such as production in other countries, the importer is responsible for providing.
Children’s product safety has always been the focus of every country’s attention, and every child is the hope of the nation. The importance of children’s toy safety testing involves not only the economic loss and brand impact caused by product recalls, but mainly the “safety events” caused by the potential hazards of the product.
Certification is the issuance of a written Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) in which the manufacturer or importer certifies that its children’s product complies with all applicable children’s product safety rules (or similar rules, prohibitions, standards or provisions of any law enforced by the Commission) for that product.)
Certification of children’s products must be based on the passing test results of third-party testing. Third party testing laboratories provide testing services and results, but do not issue certificates for children’s products.
The basic requirements for CPC certificates on Amazon.com in the United States.
1. CPC certificate must be based on the test results of a third-party testing laboratory accredited by CPSC.
2. the CPC certificate is issued by the seller, and the third-party laboratory can provide assistance in drafting the CPC certificate.
3. children’s products must comply with all relevant safety rules and regulations.
4. CPC certificate should contain the following information.
① Product information (name and description).
② All applicable regulations and regulations of the product.
③ Manufacturer information: including name, address and telephone number.
④product production date and address, the production date must be to the month and year, and the address must be to the city.
⑤ testing time and address.
⑥third-party testing agency information (CPSC-accredited laboratory): name, address, and contact number.
5. Normal export of children’s products to the United States requires the CPC certificate to contain the following information
① Product information (name and description).
② all regulations and bars applicable to the product.
③ importer or manufacturer (U.S. domestic) information: including name, address and telephone number.
④ the contact information of the holder of the test result file supporting the certificate: name, address, e-mail address and telephone number.
⑤ product production date and address, the production date must be to the year and month, the address must be to the city.
⑥ testing time and address or certificate based on the test report.
⑦ third-party testing agency information (CPSC-accredited laboratories): name, address, contact number.
CPSC has published a total of 38 standards, what are the main tests involved?
①CPSIA total lead and o-benzene.
②American Toy Standard ASTMF963.
③Electric toys safety standard 16 CFR Part 1505.
④Rattle toy requirements 16 CFR Part 1510.
⑤ pacifier safety standards 16 CFR Part 1511.
⑥Children’s clothing, carpet burning performance, such as 16 CFR Part 1610.
⑦ Young children’s products: strollers, cribs, fences, carriers, safety seats, bicycle helmets and other product standards.
Common product recommendation test items.
About the test items of toys：
①CPSIA total lead + o-benzene.
②ASTMF963 toy standard.
③16 CFR Part 1501 Small Parts (for toys already covered by ASTMF963).
④16 CFR Part 1510 Rattle toy requirements (only required for rattles, already covered by ASTMF963); ④16 CFR Part 1510 Rattle toy requirements (already covered by ASTMF963)
⑤ 16 CFR Part 1505 safety standards for electric toys (only required for electric toys) Children’s clothing.
a.CPSIA total lead + o-benzene
b.16 CFR Part 1501 Small Parts
c.16 CFR Part 1610 apparel textile combustion properties
d.16 CFR Part 1615 Children’s pajama pants burning performance, size 0-6X (only for children’s pajamas)
16 CFR Part 1616 Combustion performance of children’s pajama pants, size 7-14X (for children’s pajamas only)
Who must issue of the CPC certificate
The manufacturer or importer is responsible for drafting and issuing the CPC. the manufacturer or importer may draft its own CPC based on the passing test results of third-party testing at no cost to the manufacturer or importer.
Importers must issue CPCs for products manufactured overseas, and U.S. manufacturers must issue CPCs for domestically produced products. see 16 CFR part 1110.
The manufacturer or importer of a children’s product that complies with the Children’s Product Safety Rule or other standards always has the legal responsibility to issue a CPC, even if a third-party testing laboratory or another third party provides assistance in drafting the CPC.
What is the cost of the CPC certificate
There is no cost to create a CPC certificate. The manufacturer or importer draws the CPC in a word processing document or other system. an example CPC is provided here, and a list of citations to include in the CPC can be found here. (Citations are listed in Part 2 of the CPC.)
There is no cost to submit a CPC certificate to the government, as CPCs are not currently required to be submitted to the government.
Some labs and consultants may offer to help you create a CPC for a professional fee, but their help is optional. the CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman is available to help you at no cost.
Who do I have to provide my CPC certificate to?
If you are a manufacturer or importer, you must “provide” the Children’s Product Certificate to your distributors and retailers. In addition, federal law requires you to provide a copy of the Children’s Product Certificate to the CPSC and the Superintendent of Customs upon request.
The CPC requirement is satisfied if the manufacturer or importer provides its distributors and retailers with a reasonable means of obtaining the certificate. You can provide distributors and retailers with a physical hard copy of the certificate, or you can provide a dedicated website with that particular certificate on the invoice.
Where do I have to submit my CPC certificate?
There is no requirement to submit a CPC certificate to the government.
The CPC certificate must “accompany” the shipment of the product and be “distributed” to distributors and retailers. Upon request, the CPC must be provided to the CPSC and the Director of Customs.
What if I sell directly to consumers and don’t use retailers or distributors?
The law requires the manufacturer or importer to issue a Children’s Product Certificate; the certificate accompanies each product or shipment of products; the certificate must be provided to retailers and distributors; and the certificate must be provided to the CPSC upon request. Therefore, you do not have to provide the certificate to the consumer who sells directly to the consumer.
Does a CPC certificate prove that the product meets multiple child product safety rules?
Yes. For example, if you certify that your product complies with the phthalate ban, toy safety standards, total lead content and lead content limits, small parts requirements, and other applicable regulations, then Section 2 of your Children’s Product Certificate would read as follows.
15 USC 2057c: Determination of Phthalates in Toys and Certain Children’s Products.
ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Standard for Toy Safety. (Note: You must list the specific numeric section of the toy safety standard you are certifying, see all sections listed here.)
15 USC 1278a: Lead in Children’s Products.
16 CFR Part 1303, Lead in Paint and Certain Consumer Products Ban.
Small parts of 16 CFR Part 1501 toys and other articles are prohibited for use in children under 3 years of age and present a choking, inhalation or ingestion hazard.
If your product is subject to additional mandatory regulations, rules, prohibitions or standards that currently require third-party testing and certification, then you will also include a reference to that regulation, rule, prohibition or standard.
The full title of each requirement provided above is only your information and does not need to be included in your child’s product certificate. You only need to include the numeric reference codes included above or in this list.
Is it the CPC certificate that is required for each shipment of my product?
Yes. The law requires that each imported (and domestically manufactured) shipment be accompanied by the required certificate. This requirement applies to both imported products and domestically manufactured products.
Under CPSC rules, an electronic certificate is “incidental” to a shipment if the certificate is identified by a unique identifier and is accessible via a World Wide Web URL or other electronic means, provided that the URL or other electronic means and unique identifier are created and provided for shipment.
If I import children's products and the foreign manufacturer has tested and certified the product, do I need to retest or recertify the product?
The CPSC requires a certificate of compliance from a domestic manufacturer or importer of products manufactured outside the United States. This means that importers cannot simply pass a certificate of compliance from a foreign manufacturer. However, in 16 CFR part 1109, the component part testing regulations allow importers to use a foreign manufacturer’s test results or certificates of their components or finished children’s products to issue their own children’s product certificates, as long as the importer exercises care to ensure the validity of the test results or certificates and receives the documentation required by the rule.
If I publish a Certificate of Conformity (Children's Product Certificate or General Certificate of Conformity) on the Internet, do I need to replace it for each shipment, lot or batch?
A single Certificate of Conformity may be accepted if each lot is substantially unchanged from previous shipments, but the Certificate requires the use of lot/batch information or other identifying information to describe the date range of the covered products.
A single Children’s Product Certificate may apply to (or “cover”) multiple lots or batches of products if you have exercised due care to ensure that each additional lot or batch continues to be manufactured in compliance with all applicable Children’s Product Safety Rules.
Keep in mind that while a single Children’s Product Certificate may “cover” more than one shipment or production unit, if the manufacturer chooses to do so, the certificate will need to describe the date range of the covered product, using lot/batch information or other identifying information.
For each new shipment or product unit entered into the stream of commerce, the children’s product certificate will need to be updated to reflect the new product group. Manufacturers of finished children’s products will need this information to ensure the accuracy of the tracking label affixed to each children’s product and its packaging.
Are there penalties for violating certificate requirements?
Yes. Violations of the CPSIA, failure to provide children’s product certificates, issuance of false certificates of compliance under certain conditions, and failure to comply with Section 14 of the CPSIA. Violations of the CPSIA may result in civil penalties and may result in criminal penalties and asset forfeiture.
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