The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that, as of Nov. 12, each manufacturer, private labeler and importer of products subject to CPSC safety standards must issue a certificate of compliance to distributors and retailers.
At the minimum, the document must include 1) a statement certifying—based on a reasonable testing program—that the product meets all applicable CPSC safety standards, 2) the date and place of manufacture, 3) the date and place where the product was tested, 4) each party’s name, full mailing address and telephone number and 5) contact information for the person responsible for maintaining records of the test results.
A certificate must accompany each product or shipment of CPSC–regulated products delivered to distributors or retailers. A single certificate can be used for multiple units of the same product in a shipment. The CPSC does not require the certificate to be provided to the consumer.