The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a registry for small-batch manufacturers of children’s products. Designed to be easy to use, it is located at www.SaferProducts.gov.
Small-batch manufacturers are defined as those who, in 2011, earned $1 million or less in total gross revenues from the sale of consumer products, and produced no more than 7,500 units of at least one consumer product. Small-batch manufacturers registered for calendar year 2012 need not third-party test products produced in quantities no more than 7,500 units in calendar year 2011 for compliance with certain children’s product safety rules during 2012.
The registry does not exempt small-batch manufacturers from ensuring their products comply with these standards. Manufacturers must present a certificate of conformity, in which they certify in writing their products are in compliance with applicable regulations. However, except where required by law, the certificate does not have to be based on third-party testing.
Effective December 31, 2011, 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) have ended. For additional information on the Small Batch Manufacturers Registry and small-batch guidance materials, please see www.cpsc.gov/smallbatch.