Intertek Video Helps Retailers and Manufacturers Identify Children’s
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- November 29, 2012
It is critical for manufacturers and retailers to understand whether or not
their merchandise qualifies as a children’s product since they are subject to
rigorous standards and regulations around the globe. In the United States,
identifying this will become even more crucial beginning Feb. 8, 2013, when
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Testing and Certification
Rule goes into effect. Under the Testing and Certification Rule, children’s
products manufactured after Feb. 8, 2013, will need to not only be tested and
certified as compliant with CPSC standards, but must also meet additional
recordkeeping requirements, including storage of a technical file that
includes documentation of a production testing plan, material changes and
remedial actions and necessary recertification, and development of undue
influence policies and training.
So, how do you know if that product on your store shelf qualifies as a
children’s product? The CPSC defines children’s products as “a consumer
product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or
younger.” In addition, retailers and manufacturers need to take into
consideration the message conveyed in packaging, labelling and advertising,
general appeal of the product to children, the principle use of the product
and age determination guidelines.
In an effort to help retailers and manufacturers determine if products qualify
as children’s products and CPSC recordkeeping requirements, Intertek produced
a video that highlights the different aspects and characteristics unique to
children’s products. The video can be viewed at:
In addition, Intertek’s global network features the largest number of labs
approved by the CPSC to conduct regulated children’s product testing.*
*Information is accurate as of November 29, 2012.
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide
range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to
testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to
adding value to customers’ products and processes, supporting their success in
the global marketplace. With anetwork of more than 1,000 laboratories and
offices and over 33,000 people in more than 100 countries,Intertek helps its
clients to meet end users’ expectations across increasingly diverse quality,
health, environmental, safety and social accountability aspects in virtually
any market around the world. Visit www.intertek.com.
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Amy Paille, Intertek Consumer Goods North America
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