International Standards

PPAI is your source for product safety regulations, standards and education. Before you go global, get compliant by reviewing the following international standards.

Regulator: Australia Competition and Consumer Commission 
Guide: Product Safety—A Guide for Business and Legal Practitioners
Law: Australian Consumer Law (2011)


NEW from Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Program:
Industry Guidance - "Danger to Human Health or Safety" Posed by Consumer Products

Guide to Notices of Violation and Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act 

Health Canada Guide to Children's Jewelry

English Guide:  Guide to Notices of Violation & Admin. Monetary Penalties Under Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

English Guide: Industry Guide to Children's Jewelry

Consumer Product Safety in Canada: A guide to standards and conformity assessment options for manufacturers, importers and sellers

Health Canada Publishes Guidance on Toy Product Safety
Regulator: Health Canada, Minister of Health
Guide: Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Quick Reference Guide 
Law: Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (2010)
Resources: FAQs for the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
Guide to Preparing and Maintaining Documents
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Brochure
Information for Retailers
Incident Report Form For Industry

Regulator: Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) (link unavailable at this time)
Law: Management Regulations on Recall of Children’s Toys (link unavailable at this time)

European Union
Regulator: Directorate General for Health & Consumers
Guide: Product Safety in Europe: A Guide to Corrective Action Including Recalls Updated March 2012
Laws: The General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)
REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances   

Regulator: Ministry of Consumer Affairs
Laws: The Consumer Protection Act (1986), Consumer Protection Regulations (2005) 

South Korea
Regulators: Ministry of Knowledge Economy
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
Guide: Enforcement Decree of the Act (link unavailable at this time)
Law: Framework Act on Product Safety (link unavailable at this time)

South Africa
Regulators: South African Bureau of Standards, National Consumer Commission (link unavailable at this time), Department of Trade and Industry
Law: Consumer Protection Act (2008), Standards Act (2008)

For more information on international standards, review the Global Standards Information website of the United States, a gateway to standards and conformity assessment information to help you navigate regulations in a complex global market.

Update of CPSIA Requirements and Stays of Enforcement 

CPSC Navigator
CPSC news, notices, and critical information, in an easy to use format, regarding product safety, consumer-related regulation, and litigation.  This website assists in the understanding of current compliance regulations and how they affect businesses today.   

CPSC 2013 Regulated Product Handbook
This handbook was developed by the CPSC to assist manufacturers, importers, retailers and others in understanding their responsibilities under CPSC Statues and regulations.  

Updated Toy Safety Standard Requires Additional Testing
As of June 12, 2012, manufacturers and importers of children's toys must comply with updated Federal Toy Safety Standards. 

Product Safety Regulations: What Industry Professionals Need To Know For 2012
As of January 1, 2012, manufacturers and importers of consumer products are required to show proof of compliance with third-party testing for lead in content and phthalate limits established by the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. 

CPSC Launches Registry For Small-Batch Manufacturers Of Children's Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a registry for small-batch manufacturers of children's products. Designed to be easy to use, it is located at

CPSC Issues New Rules Governing Testing And Certification Of Children's Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new regulations regarding the independent third-party testing of children's products. The new rules specify periodic testing requirements and component part testing rules for domestic manufacturers, importers and private labelers. 

President Obama Signs CPSIA Revision Bill Into Law 
On August 12, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2715 to revise the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). 

CPSC Mandates Lead Limit In Children's Products
The CPSIA limits lead levels in children's products to no more than 100 parts per million (ppm) unless the CPSC determines the limit is unfeasible. Following its review process, the CPSC has chosen to go ahead with the 100 ppm lead limit for products in which the limit has been determined technologically feasible. The law takes effect August 14, 2011, and is proactively applicable, meaning it will not apply to children's products already produced. 

The CPSC charts its requirements for general use and children's products in this easy-to-read guide. 

How Does This Affect My Small Business?: Extension Of The Stay Of Enforcement Of Testing And Certification Requirements For Total Lead Content in Children's Products Until December 31, 2011 
The CPSC's Small Business Ombudsman explains the current and future lead content requirements for children's products. 

CPSC-Accredited Third-Party Testing Laboratories
The CPSC maintains an up-to-date list of testing laboratories that have been accredited to assess conformity with consumer product safety regulations. 

General Conformity Certificates/Children's Product Certification

CPSC Definition: Reasonable GCC Testing Program 

CPSC General Conformity Presentation 

Federal Register Notice Certification (FRNC) 

Sample General Conformity Certificate 


CPSC Enforcement Policy On Lead Limits 

CPSC Lead In Paint And Lead Content Questions 



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