The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to recognize four additional ‘firewalled’ testing laboratories, authorizing them to conduct testing of children’s products under the recently amended Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
Under the CPSC’s laboratory recognition process, testing laboratories that are owned, managed or controlled by a manufacturer must demonstrate that their test results are sufficiently ‘firewalled’ from the parent company to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Such testing labs must also be accredited as compliant with ISO/IEC 17025, which details accreditation requirements for independent testing laboratories.
The firewalled testing laboratories newly recognized by the CPSC are:
- MeadWestvaco Safety, Health and Environmental Laboratory (Miamisburg, OH)
- Dongguan Zensee Printing Limited DPI Laboratory (Dongguan, Guangdong, China)
- Testing Laboratory, Mattel Bangkok Limited (Samut Prakarn, Thailand)
- Chang An Pl Lab of Foshen Nanhai Mattel Consultancy Service Co. Ltd. (Dongguan, Guangdong, China)
With this action, the Commission has now recognized 11 firewalled testing laboratories, and nearly 250 independent third-party testing labs.