Children's Product Certificate (CPC)

1.   what is the “CPC”

CPC, full name is Children’s Product Certificate. It means the issuance of a written Children's Product Certificate in which the manufacturer, importer, or private labeler certifies that its children's product complies with all applicable children's product safety rules.

In the certificate, testing results of children’s products shall come from a CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) – accepted laboratory. Related supporting testing reports and certificate which drafted by manufacturer or importer instead of third party laboratory must be in English.

2.   Elements Required in a CPC

Identification of the product covered by this certificate: Describe the product(s) covered by this certification in enough detail to match the certificate to each product it covers and no others.

Citation to each CPSC children’s product safety rule to which this product is being certified: The certificate must identify separately each children’s product safety rule that is applicable to the children’s product.

Identification of the U.S. importer or domestic manufacturer certifying compliance of the product: Provide the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of the importer or U.S. domestic manufacturer certifying the product.

Contact information for the individual maintaining records of test results: Provide the name, full mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the person maintaining test records in support of the certification.

Date and place where this product was manufactured: For the date(s) when the product was manufactured, provide at least the month and year. For the place of manufacture, provide at least the city (or administrative region), state (if applicable), and country where the product was manufactured or finally assembled. If the same manufacturer operates more than one location in the same city, provide the street address of the factory.

Provide the date(s) and place when the product was tested for compliance with the consumer product safety rule(s) cited above: Provide the location(s) of the testing and the date(s) of the test(s) or test report(s) on which certification is being based.

Identify any third party, CPSC-accepted laboratory on whose testing the certificate depends: Provide the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of the laboratory. Registered small batch manufacturers who are not required to third party test their product to certain children’s product safety requirements must include the registration number provided by the CPSC in this section of the CPC. (Products manufactured by registered small batch manufacturers must still comply with applicable children’s product safety rules.).

3.   Who must issue the Children's Product Certificate?

The manufacturer or importer is responsible for drafting and issuing the CPC.  The manufacturer or importer may draft the CPC by itself, at no cost, based upon the passing test results of the third-party testing.

The importer must issue the CPC for products manufactured overseas, and the U.S. manufacturer must issue the CPC for products manufactured domestically. 

The manufacturer or importer of a children's product that is subject to children's product safety rules or other standards is always legally responsible for issuing a CPC, even if a third party testing laboratory or another third party provides assistance in drafting the CPC.

4.   To whom must provide Children's Product Certificate?

manufacturer or importe must "furnish" the Children's Product Certificate to distributors and retailers.  Additionally, federal law requires to provide, upon request, a copy of the Children's Product Certificate to the CPSC and to the Commissioner of Customs.

The requirement to "furnish" the CPC is satisfied if the manufacturer or importer provides its distributors and retailers a reasonable means to access the certificate. You can provide an actual hard copy of the certificate to your distributors and retailers, or you can provide a dedicated website with that specific certificate on your invoice.

5.   How to draft Children's Product Certificate? If CPSC has any sample certificate?

in a written Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) based on test results from a CPSC-accepted laboratory, that their children’s products comply with applicable children’s product safety rules.

l  The list of children’s product safety rules to consult and to cite in a Children's Product Certificate is article 2 preceding part of the text.

l CPSC provides two samples of CPCs for fictitious products, showing example layouts of the CPC's required elements; one for a toy and one for an article of children’s clothing. These samples are illustrative, do not capture every possible children’s product safety rule that may apply to a children’s product, and are subject to additional disclaimer.

6.   Sample Children's Product Certificate for a Children's Toy

7.   See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About CPCs


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