CPSIA Fact Page

Wausau Coated Products, Inc. is prepared for CPSIA, is compliant with CPSIA, and is here to help our customers navigate this new legislation. With pressure sensitive substrates compliant with CPSIA and substrates intended to label your CPSIA-compliant consumer goods, Wausau Coated Products, Inc. is leading the charge. CPSIA, short for the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008, aims to improve product safety for all goods intended for consumers under the age of 12.  

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CPSIA Summary

The following is a summary of this Act, as given by Wausau Coated Products, Inc. For the official Act verbiage and information, please visit http://www.cpsc.gov.

This legislation was passed in response to public safety concerns regarding lead in products intended for children. This act is an expansion of the Consumer Protection Safety Act of 1972, and addresses the presence of lead and certain phthalates in “toys and articles” intended for use by children 12 years old and younger. It also addresses the requirement of third party testing for these components.

A Very Important Note

CPSIA regulations regarding to the acceptable levels of lead and specific phthalates apply only to “children’s toys” and "child care articles”.

“Children’s toy” is defined as a product intended primarily for use by children 12 years of age and younger for use when playing.

“Child care article” means a product that a child 3 and younger would use for sleeping, feeding, sucking or teething.

Third Party Testing

CPSIA requires imposes an additional third-party testing requirement for all products that fall into category, “children’s toy” or “child care article” (further referred to as children’s product).

Every manufacturer of a children’s product must have its product tested by an accredited independent testing lab, and must issue a certificate that the product meets all applicable CPSC requirements.

Each shipment of product must be accompanied with this certificate, whether with packing documents or via electronic means.

Third party testing requirement dates are dependant upon the product category.

Please see http://www.cpsc.gov for the specific dates that this testing is required.

Labeling Requirements

Section 103(a) of CPSIA requires that all consumer products primarily intended for the use of children 12 or younger be labeled with a tracking label or other distinguishing permanent mark. This tracking label must contain certain basic information, such as:

        -   Source of the product,

        -   The date of manufacture

        -   Detailed manufacturing information such as batch or run number.

Tracking labels are required for all children's products by August 14, 2009.