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Reasonable Testing Program

It's Not Just About Testing!

Business Challenge

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 dramatically changed the testing and certification landscape for manufacturers, importers, and private labelers. The law applies to every product that is subject to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforced regulation. Today the law requires a copy of General Conformity Certificates (GCC) and Children’s Product Certificates (CPC), be available upon request.

 

These formalized program requirements present significant changes with added requirements such as, but not limited to, remedial actions, tracking material changes, and the creation and storage of testing and product related documents. For retailers, the requirements pose challenges for determining if products on their shelves are compliant.

 

As the manufacturer or importer of record, you may not ultimately take on ownership or responsibility for all of these requirements but it is your responsibility to ensure with a high degree of assurance that someone in your supply chain does.

 

High degree of assurance means an evidence-based demonstration of consistent performance of a product regarding compliance based on knowledge of a product and its manufacture.”

Solution

Bureau Veritas’ services can be used individually or as a package to provide support in managing your supply chain and giving you the evidence-based high degree of assurance that your product stays in compliance throughout the production process.

RTP Desk Audit: A comprehensive review of corporate documentation to ensure policies are in place
RTP Factory Audit: This bolt on module audits factories specifically for RTP requirements that are the responsibility of the
factory such as production testing plans, remedial action plans and material change tracking.
Product Specification Development and Review
Product Inspections: During production and pre shipment
Sample Collection: To ensure representative samples are being collected for certification and periodic testing
Third Party Periodic and Certification Testing
Review and Approval of Remedial Action Plans
GCC and CPC Generation
Training and Consultation
Documentation Storage

While toys are clearly intended for children, it is less clear which non-toy products will need to be considered for third-party testing. Using our age grading, product classification and consumer product experience, we can guide you to the appropriate classification of your product and which third-party tests are required. As an accredited laboratory, we can also provide the third-party testing documentation required by CPSIA for all toy, juvenile and children’s products.

What are the key benefits?
• Guidance through the complexity of the CPSIA requirements
• Updates on the on-going changes and interpretations of the law
• Product compliance to applicable regulations in the law
• Assistance in meeting documentation and reporting obligations
• Provision of appropriate third-party testing reports
• Enhanced risk management and brand protection
• Proof of Due Diligence and Due Care to the CPSC

OUR APPROACH
Bureau Veritas is a proactive supply chain partner ready to help you and your supply chain comply with the CPSC’s guidelines.  We recognize that in today’s rapidly evolving regulatory environment, companies need more than a simple testing solution. That’s why we offer comprehensive services to meet all requirements under the guidelines.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Reputation – For more than 35 years, we have worked successfully with top companies around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

 

Worldwide Locations – With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

 

Technical Knowledge & Leadership – Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you abreast of changes in requirements and testing methods.

 

Personalized Service – We are committed to meeting your evolving needs as you anticipate new market trends. We offer customized quality assurance services throughout your supply chain.

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