How to Comply With Children's Products Regulations

by Source Intelligence

on August 3, 2016

Dozens of regulations prohibit and limit toxic substances in children’s products; your company must comply to prevent severe penalties and the loss of business relationships.

You may be surprised by the number of regulations that apply to children’s products:

  • Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act
  • Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act
  • Maine State Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Act
  • Minnesota Toxic Free Kids Act
  • Oregon Toxic Free Kids Act
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (15 USC 1278a, 16 CFR3013, Toy Safety Standard, 15 USC 2057c)
  • Vermont Act Relating to the Regulation of Toxic Substances
  • Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act
  • California Safer Consumer Products
  • California Air Resources Board Consumer Products Program
  • California Proposition 65
  • And more.

Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties, including hefty fines and imprisonment as well as product recall, resulting in lost revenue, sunken costs, and tarnished reputation.

 

How Can You Comply With Children's Product Regulations?

 

There are unique compliance requirements you must meet depending on what your product is and how you sell it. For example, regulations specific to children’s products require you to:

  • Ensure products do not contain the regulated substances or exceed concentration thresholds
  • Report and disclose to government bodies if chemicals are present in products
  • Have documentation of certificates or data that confirms your product complies with applicable rules

To make sure your children's products are compliant, have documentation of certificates or data that confirms your product complies with applicable rules. To do this, there are a few steps to take:

  • Engage your supply chain
  • Request disclosure of materials or regulated substances used
  • Ask suppliers to engage upstream if they don’t have the requested information
  • Identify the compliance status of your product and next steps.

 

How To Determine Compliance Status For This Many Regulations

 

A robust supplier engagement process that investigates up to the nth tier of the supply chain and centralized data storage are all necessary for an effective program.

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