October 24, 2008
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) is increasing the type of products that require testing and based on the testing, a general conformity certificate typically referred as a “supplier’s declaration of conformity” for products manufactured on or before November 12, 2008 will be required.
The CPSC has a list of regulated and unregulated products that will help determine which products require general conformity testing/certification. The list may be found at: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/regsbyproduct.html. Products for which it does not have jurisdiction may be located here: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/notcpsc.html.
The CPSC has listed the information that should be included on the general conformity certificate as follows:
1. 1. Identification of the product covered by the certificate;
2. 2. Citation to each CPSC product safety regulation to which the product is being certified;
3. 3. Identification of the foreign manufacturer certifying compliance of the product;
4. 4. Identification of the U.S. importer certifying compliance of the product;
5. 5. Identification of the private labeler certifying compliance of the product (if any);
6. 6. Contact information for the individual maintaining records of test results;
7. 7. Date and place where product was manufactured;
8. 8. Date and place where the product was tested for compliance with the regulation cited above;
9. 9. Identification of any third-party laboratory on whose certificate depends.