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New Consumer Products Testing Rules to Hit Feb. 8th

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is releasing new rules about testing and labeling of children’s products. The rules will come into effect on February 8th.

They will now require “representative samples” of a product to be tested, replacing the “random sampling” provision.

Firms will also be required to maintain records associated with the testing of the samples.

Testing will be conducted periodically and also any time there has been a material change in the design or manufacturing process, including changes in the sourcing of component parts, according to the law.

The process of selecting product samples must be documented by the manufacturer. Records also must be kept that document the actual testing, including the procedure used to select the tested samples and the number of samples tested.