The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed in the US in 2008 and imposed testing requirements and new acceptable levels for several substances common in most consumer products. The CPSIA included provisions addressing, among other things, lead, phthalates, toy safety, durable infant or toddler products, third-party testing, and certification, tracking labels, imports, ATVs, civil and criminal penalties, and SaferProducts.gov, a publically-searchable database of reports of harm. The CPSIA also repealed a challenging agency funding limitation and increased the number of authorized CPSC commissioners from three to five. The CPSIA also requires domestic manufacturers or importers of non-children’s products to issue a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC). These GCC’s apply to products subject to a consumer product safety rule or any similar CPSC rule, ban, standard or regulation enforced by the Commission. Finally, the CPSIA lists special requirements in Section 104 for certain durable infant and toddler products, including cribs.
SUMMATION: Products that are CPSIA compliant do not contain specific substances banned by the US that it considers toxic to adults and children.
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