Verify product consistency and compliance
Business ChallengeIn today’s complex supply chain environment, retailers, vendors, brands, manufacturers and testing laboratories are being challenged to work together to demonstrate compliance with mandatory regulations and to be aware of any potential non-compliance issues. A common concern arises when goods go from pre-production to the production phase or when additional orders are placed to refill store shelves. Retailers, vendors and brands need to quickly assess if the received item is the same as the expected product. If not, the product could be potentially non-compliant, because of a design or material change and not eligible for certification under the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Product Certification Requirements. Also, in Europe, the New Toy Safety Directive (NTSD) mandates product specifications for toy products.
Creating Product Specifications
A Product Specification is a document that provides critical defining information about a product and can include identification of the manufacturer; a list of rules, bans and standards that apply to the item; design specifications and product images that visually illustrate the product and note distinguishing characteristics. By documenting the product and its features, the specification can be a useful screening tool to identify when a pre-production product differs from one on the store shelf, signaling the possibility of a material or design change, and potentially a non-compliant product. Bureau Veritas can work with you to establish the parameters of your product specifications and automatically create the appropriate document to support your US Product Certification Program for both children’s and non-children’s goods and meet mandatory requirements for the European New Toy Safety Directive.
• Demonstrate compliance to regulatory requirements
• Gain insight into your supply chain by screening for product changes
• Create a ‘high degree’ of assurance that nothing has changed in your product since certification testing
Our ApproachAt Bureau Veritas, our technical professionals can assist you in developing product specifications and implementing a program that will help you meet US CPSC Product Certification Requirements and European regulations with confidence. Product specifications can be used for all product types including apparel, electrical and hard goods, juvenile products and toys.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?Reputation
For over 30 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.
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.
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Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.
At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest level of service is a priority for us.
FAQ - Frequently Asked QuestionsAre product specifications required for all products being certified in the US?
No, products can be certified without the use of a product specification. However, the CPSC includes product specifications in its guidance as a recommended part of certification programs for non-children’s product. A product specification is a beneficial tool in compiling information about a product and establishing a high degree of assurance (HDoA) the product is compliant. A high degree of assurance is required to certify both a children and non-children’s product.