CPSC periodic testing rules go into effect in February
Jane Kitchen -- Kids Today, 1/18/2013 11:16:02 AM
Rules will go into effect in February regarding periodic testing for the Consumer Product Safety Commission that mean most manufacturers will have to test their products at least once a year.
Until now, manufacturers were required to do initial testing of their product at a CPSC-accepted lab and to conduct material change testing if they changed manufacturers, designs or used new materials.
But beginning next month, manufacturers of juvenile products will have to test their products a minimum of once a year — even if there have been no changes in the product's manufacturing process.
CPSC Small Business Ombudsman Neal Cohen said the new rule generally means testing at a minimum of once a year for all continuing production. However, Cohen said, conditions exist where testing could be required more often than once a year — say, a product with more complex mechanics or one containing numerous small parts.
In addition, companies must also have a written periodic testing plan that explains how they test, how frequently they test, and how they select representative samples, and Cohen recommends that companies also include a rationale for their choices. Records should be kept for five years.
Some companies may potentially be able to test less frequently — up to once every two years — if they have a production testing plan that is closer to a quality assurance or quality control plan.
"If you're a manufacturer and every two hours you already have procedures in place to pull something off the lines and to check to see if it's within your specs...what we're saying is, ‘That's great. Document what you do, how frequently you do it, why you choose to do it that way, and what actions you take if something doesn't pass. Write it down,' " said Cohen.
Cohen also added that manufacturers should make sure their plans meet the requirements set out in CPSC's regulation, 16 CFR 1107.
The CPSC does not provide a model periodic testing plan because, Cohen says, "manufacturers know their products best and how best to ensure the continued compliance of their products with federal safety laws."
For more details on periodic testing, visit cpsc.gov/testing.
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Safety is a top concern amongst manufacturers but this is now becoming overplayed. Testing multiple time in 1 year is no cheap expense... Who's pocket will this come from?
Anony - 2013-01-18 16:11:27 EST
$3,000 to $5,000 to test one crib? Some of us manufacturers have up to 10 cribs. We're now looking at over $100,000 per year in safety tests?!
There are many small nursery furniture companies who cannot bear these expenses. I hope the CPSC gives the U.S. Welfare Department a heads up before they start putting some of these smaller nursery manufacturers out.
Drop side cribs are gone... The safety threat that remains are poor quality paints and bedding bumpers.
I hope the JPMA and company get on this right away.
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