New CPSC Registry for Small Batch Children’s Product Manufacturers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently launched a new registry for small batch manufacturers, which can be found at www.SaferProducts.gov. Small batch manufacturers are defined as those who earned $1 million or less in total gross revenues from sales of consumer products in 2011 and who produced in total no more than 7,500 units of at least one consumer product in 2011.
Qualifying small batch manufacturers can register to be exempt from the requirement to third-party test for compliance with certain children’s product safety rules during 2012 for products of which they produced no more than 7,500 units in the previous calendar year. However, the new registry does not exempt small batch manufacturers from ensuring that their products comply with these mandatory standards, and they must still provide a certificate of conformity in which they certify in writing that their products comply with the applicable regulations. However, except where required by law, this certificate does not have to be based on third-party testing.