CPSC Issues Final Definition of Children’s Products
This week, we asked International Coatings’ president, Steve Kahane, to briefly summarize the recent CPSC final definition of what is considered a children’s product. There seems to still be a lot of confusion out there, so here is Steve’s summary:
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just put into effect its long awaited interpretative rule that provides guidance on whether a product is considered a ‘children’s’ product. This guidance is critical to determining whether a product must meet the compliance, testing, labeling and reporting requirements for toys and child care articles under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
The Commission determined that a children’s product is one that is designed or intended primarily for use by children 12 years of age or younger. It is these products that must comply with the CPSIA.
Alternatively, the Commission stated that products determined to be ‘general use’ products are not subject to the CPSIA. These are products not designed or intended primarily for the use by children 12 years of age or younger. General use products include, however, products that children may interact with, but are designed for use by individuals over 12 years of age. Examples would include candles and fireworks.
The following four factors are to be considered in determining whether a product is intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. These factors are to be considered together as a whole in making the determination.
- Manufacturer’s statement about the intended use of the product, including a label on the product.
- Representation of the product in its packaging, display, promotion or advertising as appropriate for use by children.
- Whether the product is commonly recognized as being intended for use by children 12 years of age or younger.
- Age Determination Guidelines issued by the Commission (in September 2002) that consider the appeal of a product to different age groups as well as capabilities of these age groups to use the products.
You can learn more on the interpretative rule at the CPSA web site, http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/childproducts.html.
You can also learn more about the CPSIA and the interpretative rule by visiting the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) web site, http://www.sgia.org/technology/CPSIA/index.cfm.
You can sign up for CPSC email updates on the CPSIA at https://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsialist.aspx.”
Entry filed under: General. Tags: certifications for children's apparel, children clothing regulations, children's clothing testing, childrens apparel regulations, childrens apparel testing and regulation, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, CSPIA, CSPIA regulations, definition of children's product, Ed Branigan, iccink, iccink.com, inks, international coatings, new regulations concerning phthalates, non phthalate inks, non-phthalate ink, phthalate compliant, phthalate free, phthalate testing, phthalate testing on children's clothing, plastisol ink, print techniques, printing, regulations concerning childrens clothing, screen printing, screen printing inks, Stephen Kahane, Steve Kahane, testing for children's apparel, testing on children's clothing, textile screen printing, textile screen printing inks.