Final ruling -Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products for CPSIA

The CPSC has issued a final ruling regarding the Product Registration component.

CPSC stated in the preamble to the proposed rule, 76 FR 48055, that they recognize
that manufacturers may have an existing inventory of registration forms and that the
changes to the forms are minor and would not affect safety. They proposed that the
amendment would take effect 12 months (Feb 2013) after publication of a final rule.

They also stated that until the amendment takes effect, they would consider registration

forms to be in compliance that meet either the existing rule or the amendment.

Accordingly, they amend 16 CFR part 1130 as follows:
PART 1130 – REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSUMER REGISTRATION OF
DURABLE INFANT OR TODDLER PRODUCTS
1. The authority citation for part 1130 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2056a, 2065(b).
2. In § 1130.3(a)(2), remove “§ 1130.9” and add in its place “§ 1130.8”.
3. Section 1130.5 is amended as follows:
a. In § 1130.5 (a), remove “and 1130.7”.
b. In § 1130.5 (f), remove “1130.7(a)” and add, in its place “1130.6(c)(1)”.
4. Revise § 1130.6 to read as follows:

§ 1130.6 Requirements for format and text of registration forms.
(a) Size of form. The form shall be at least the size of two standard post cards,
connected with perforation for later separation, so that each of the two portions is at least
3 ½ inches high x 5 inches wide x 0.007 inches thick.
(b) Layout of form. (1) General. The form shall consist of four parts: top and
bottom, divided by perforations for easy separation, and front and back.
(2) Font size and typeface. The registration form shall use bold black typeface.
The size of the type shall be at least 0.12 in (3.0 mm) for the purpose statement required
in § 1130.6(c)(1), and no less than 0.10 in (2.5 mm) for the other information in the
registration form. The title of the purpose statement and the retention statement required
in § 1130.6(d)(2) shall be in all capitals. All other information shall be in capital and
lowercase type.
(c) Front of form. (1) Top front of form: Purpose statement. The top portion of
the front of each form shall state: “PRODUCT REGISTRATION FOR SAFETY ALERT
OR RECALL ONLY. We will use the information provided on this card to contact you
only if there is a safety alert or recall for this product. We will not sell, rent, or share
your personal information. To register your product, please complete and mail the
bottom part of this card, or visit our online registration at: www.websitename.com.”
Manufacturers that do not have a website may provide an e-mail address and state at the
end of the purpose statement: “To register your product, please complete and mail the
bottom part of this card, or e-mail your contact information, the model name and number,
and date of manufacture of the product, as provided on this card, to:
name@firmname.com.

(2) Bottom front of form: Manufacturer’s mailing address. The bottom portion of
the front of each form shall be pre-addressed and postage-paid with the manufacturer’s
name and mailing address where registration information is to be collected. If a
manufacturer uses a third party to process registration forms, the third party’s name may
be included as a “c/o” (“in care of”) in the address on the form.
(d) Back of the form. (1) Top back of form.
(i) Product information and manufacturer’s identification. The top portion of the
back of each form shall state: “Manufacturer’s Contact Information” and provide the
manufacturer’s name and contact information (a U.S. mailing address displayed in
sentence format, website address, a telephone number, toll-free, if available); product
model name and number (or other identifier as described in § 1130.4(a)(1) and (2)); and
manufacture date of the product. A rectangular box shall be placed around the model
name, model number, and manufacture date.
(ii) Retention statement. On the back of each form, just above the perforation
line, the form shall state: “KEEP THIS TOP PART FOR YOUR RECORDS. FILL OUT
AND RETURN BOTTOM PART.”
(2) Bottom back of form.
(i) Consumer information. The bottom portion of the back of each form shall have
blocks for the consumer to provide his/her name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
address. These blocks shall be 5 mm wide and 7 mm high, with as many blocks as
possible to fill the width of the card allowing for normal printing practices.
(ii) Product information. The following product information shall be provided on
the bottom portion of the back of each form below the blocks for consumer information
printed directly on the form or on a pre-printed label that is applied to the form: the
model name and number (or other identifier as described in § 1130.4(a)(1) and (2)), and
the date of manufacture of the product. A rectangular box shall be placed around the
model name, model number, and manufacture date. A manufacturer may include its
name on the bottom portion of the back of the form if they choose to do so.
5. Remove § 1130.7, and redesignate §§ 1130.8 and 1130.9 as §§ 1130.7 and
1130.8, respectively.
6. In redesignated § 1130.8, add new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
(d) Records required under this section shall be made available within 24 hours,
upon the request of any officer, employee, or agent acting on behalf of the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission.
7. Revise Figure 1, as follows:
FIGURE 1 & 2 TO PART 1130 – FRONT /BACK OF REGISTRATION CARD

 

 

 

 

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The Retail Connection – Children’s Product Certificate

Children's Product Certificates

By Bill Jacoby

CPSIA became fully effective on January 1st, 2012. As of this date, all Children’s product Manufacturers and Distributors are required to issue a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC), based on third-party testing from a CPSC-recognized laboratory, to Retailers and Distributors, and upon request to the CPSC for children’s products imported or distributed in commerce on or after Jan 1,2012. As a retailer, it is important to understand what is required of the manufacturer/importer who is providing the children’s products that you sell at the retail level. If you sell products on your website and the manufacturer drop ships the product, they are still technically responsible to send you the certificate.

What does certification of children’s products mean in light of current regulations?  Certification means the issuance of a written Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) in which the manufacturer, importer or private labeler certifies that the children’s product complies with all of the safety rules that applies to it.  This certification must be based upon the results of third-party testing that is used as the basis for which the manufacturer, importer or private labeler certifies the product.  The manufacturer, importer or private labeler by law is responsible for drafting and issuing the CPC.

This CPC must be furnished to the retailer and can be an actual hard copy of the certificate or the manufacturer/importer can provide a reasonable means to access the certificate such as a dedicated website.  A CPC does not have to be filed with the government.  The CPC must “accompany” the product shipment and be furnished to distributors or retailers, and upon request to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Customs.see CPSC advice here: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/toysafety/3ptfaq.html#cert2whom

If the product is manufactured overseas and imported into the country, a CPC is required with each import shipment.  This requirement applies to both imports and products that are manufactured domestically.  Again, the CPC can either be in a hard copy format or an electronic certificate (if the certificate is identified by a unique identifier and can be accessed via a web URL or other electronic means).

The CPC does not have to be signed by the manufacturer/importer as the act of issuing the certificate satisfies this regulation.  Failure to furnish a CPC or to issue a false certificate is a violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and can lead to a civil penalty of between $100,000 and up to $15 million along with possible criminal penalties and asset forfeiture.

As a retailer, how are you set up to receive these certificates? Most likely they are being sent either as a pdf document or as a link to stored document. As you currently do not have a requirement to store these certificates, you should as good business practice be able to track certificates back to the manufacturer for products you sell. As the GCC/CPC requirement is not going away soon, now is the time to think about how you receive, store and or access these documents now before they start piling up and provide your preference of receipt to your manufacturer if asked as this will make it easier on you in the long run to access these certificates if requested.

 

 

Are you a Small Batch Manufacturer? If So you need to register today with CPSC!

Jan 2, 2012, by Bill Jacoby

 

FYI – Important if you are a Manufacturer of Children’s Products.

The CPSC has defined a “children’s product” to mean a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. In determining whether a consumer product is primarily intended for a child 12 years of age or younger, you need to take the following factors into consideration:

  • A statement by the manufacturer about the intended use of the product, including a label on the product if such a statement is reasonable.
  • Whether the product is represented in its packaging, display, promotion or advertising as appropriate for use by children 12 years of age or younger.
  • Whether a product is commonly recognized by consumers as being intended for use by a child 12 years of age or younger
  • The Age Determination Guidelines issued by the CPSC staff in September 2002, and any successor to such guidelines

If you qualify and if you are a manufacturer of children’s products and produce in small batches, it is critical that you register for a small batch exemption if your sales are less than 1 million dollars from the previous calendar year or you have manufactured less than 7,500 qualifying (children’s products) units. Registering for an exemption will exempt you from third party testing requirements under CPSIA.  Most apparel products were granted broad exemptions already but this will help you in the event your items include non-exempt components. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is just a testing exemption, you are still required to comply with standards defined under the CPSIA law.

HOW TO REGISTER

This is a two step process. Part one is to register your business which will get you an account user ID if you don’t already have one. It is pretty straightforward.

After you request the business ID, you’ll get an email saying that the CPSC is overwhelmed with applicants but they’ve got you in the queue and will get back to you as soon as they can. This may take up to 12 hours, maybe more. Once they get back to you, you will need to confirm the registration by activating your account by creating a password. You may hit a snag at this point if you’re using the wrong username -say, your company name. The username was created at sign up and consists of your first and last name. Once you’ve activated your account, you can sign up as a small batch manufacturer. This is also fairly straightforward.

As a qualifying small batch manufacturer, you will need to register with the CPSC on an annual basis. You will still need to issue a certificate (CPC/GCC), however you will not need to conduct third -party testing for either lead or phthalate content. Additionally, your products must still meet both the lead and phthalate content limits.

You can visit the CPSC page for more information. Ignorance of the law is no excuse so please register today.

 

CPSC Launches Registry for Small Batch Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec 23, 2011, CPSC is launching an easy-to-use registry for small batch manufacturers, which can be found at www.SaferProducts.gov. Congress directed CPSC to establish this registry for small batch manufacturers in Public Law 112-28, which was signed into law by President Obama on August 12, 2011.

Small batch manufacturers, defined as those who earned $1 million or less in total gross revenues from sales of consumer products in 2011, and who produced in total no more than 7,500 units of at least one consumer product in 2011 can register for calendar year 2012 at www.SaferProducts.gov. Qualifying small batch manufacturers are not required to third party test for compliance with certain children’s product safety rules during 2012 for products which they produced no more than 7,500 units of in the previous calendar year.

This new registry does not exempt small batch manufacturers from ensuring that their products comply with these mandatory standards. Small batch manufacturers must still provide a certificate of conformity, in which the manufacturers certify in writing that their products comply with the applicable regulations. However, except where required by law, the certificate does not have to be based on third party testing.

Effective December 31, 2011, the stays of enforcement on third-party testing and certification for limits on total lead content for children’s products, the ban on certain phthalates for children’s toys and child care articles, and the mandatory toy standard (ASTM F963) will end. CPSC launched an education and outreach effort to ensure widespread awareness of the new federal requirements and has also provided assistance and guidance to small batch manufacturers to help them understand these new requirements.

For additional information on the Small Batch Manufacturers Registry and small batch guidance materials, please see www.cpsc.gov/smallbatch. You may also contact our small business ombudsman Neal Cohen at ncohen@cpsc.gov or through www.cpsc.gov/sbo

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go tohttps://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.