The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a new online registry for certain manufacturers of children’s products.
According to the CPSC, the new small batch manufacturers’ registry is intended for manufacturers who earned $1 million of less in total gross revenues from the sale of consumer products in 2011, and who produced in total no more than 7500 units of at least one consumer product.
Under current CPSC regulations, manufacturers who meet these criteria are except from having certain categories of products evaluated by outside testing laboratories during 2012. However, they are still required to meet all applicable safety standards related to their products, and provide a certificate of conformity attesting to the product’s compliance with those requirements.
The new registry provides a mechanism for qualifying manufacturers to formally demonstrate to retailers and other interested parties their exemption from the third-party testing requirement.