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Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008

What is it?

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or CPSIA establishes lead and phthalate limits in children's products, toys, and child care articles for any product that is used by children 12 and under. This new law focuses attention on two primary areas:

  • Tracking and labeling requirements (effective immediately)
  • Certification and third party testing requirements (effective February 10, 2010).

CPSIA Definitions

  • “Children’s Product” – a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age and younger.
  • “Children’s Toy” – a consumer product designed or intended by the manufacturer for a child 12 years of age or younger for use when the child plays
  • “Child Care Article” – a consumer product designed or intended by the manufacturer to facilitate sleep or the feeding of children age 3 and younger, or to help such children with sucking or teething.

What do I need to do?

You must let Independent Folders know if the product we are producing is designed to be used primarily by children 12 years of age or younger. If you are printing a product to be used by a child 12 years of age or younger, you are required to place “permanent, distinguishing marks” on the products and packaging. The following information is required on the product:

  • Manufacturer
  • Location and date of production
  • Other information if applicable - such as batch, run number, etc, and any other identifying characteristics needed to ascertain the source of the product

There isn't an established format for labeling yet. Ultimately, the consumer needs to have the proper information available if they want to contact the manufacturer for questions they might have about the product.

Please contact your Sales Representative for additional information at 800.236.2439.