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November 03, 2008
More Information on CPSC Certificate of Conformity

Based on material posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Web site, the list of items below shows the information that is required for an acceptable General Certification of Conformity as required by section 14(g) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 USC § 2063(g) as well as the instructions for completing it.  The CPSC Web site contains a disclaimer, however, stating that manufacturers, importers and labelers must make sure their certificates of conformity meet statutory requirements of the new legislation. 

  1. Identification of the product.  Describe the product covered by the certification in enough detail to match the certificate to each product it covers and no others.
  2. Citation to each applicable CPSC product safety regulation.  Identify separately each applicable rule, ban, standard or regulation under the Acts administered by the CPSC that is applicable to the product and for which the product is being certified.
  3. Foreign or domestic manufacturer.  Provide the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of the foreign or domestic manufacturer of the product.
  4. U.S. importer, if applicable.  Provide the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of the U.S. importer, if applicable, of the product.  This information may be omitted if the importer chooses to certify separately.
  5. Private labeler, if applicable.  Provide the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of any private labeler certifying the product.  This information may be omitted if the private labeler chooses to certify separately.
  6. Contact information for the individual maintaining records of test results.  Provide the name, full mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the person maintaining test records in support of the certification.
  7. Date and place of manufacture.  Provide the date(s) when the product was manufactured by at least the month and year.  For the place of manufacture, if different from the manufacturer’s address in item 3, provide at least the city and country or administrative region, of the place where the product was finally manufactured or assembled.  If the same manufacturer operates more than one location in the same city, provide the street address of the factory.
  8. Date and place of testing.  Give the date of the tests or test report(s) on which certification is being based and the location(s) of the testing.
  9. Third-party laboratory identification.  If a third-party laboratory tested the product or conducted a testing program on which the certification is based, give the name, full mailing address and telephone number of the laboratory.


Please note that all required information on the certificate of conformity must be provided in English.

In a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted on the CPSC Web site, the agency has indicated that it will accept electronic certificates of conformity beginning on November 12, 2008 (the URL is available below).  CPSC staff said its opinion is that electronic certificates are acceptable provided that CPSC has reasonable access to the certificate electronically and it contains all of the required information.  The certificate will be regarded as “accompanying” the shipment if the following requirements are met: (1) the certificate is identified by a unique identifier and can be accessed via an Internet URL or other electronic means and (2) the URL or other electronic means and the unique identifier are created in advance and available with each shipment.  CPSC staff also stated that it believed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirement that certificates of conformity be furnished to distributors and retailers can be satisfied if the distributors and retailers are given a reasonable means to access the certificate electronically.

For more information, customers should contact their local FedEx Trade Networks representative.

For additional background information, please refer to the FedEx Trade Networks bulletin entitled “New U.S. Import Documentation Requirements for CPSC” (posted on October 28, 2008).

CPSC’s Sample General Certification of Conformity, which is followed by a brief set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), is posted on its Web site at the following URL:  http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/elecertfaq.pdf .

The CPSC Web site contains links to numerous documents that may be of interest. It can be accessed at http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html .

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