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CPSC Industry Training

September 11-13, 2017

Laboratory Testing of Children’s Products
September 11, 2017, Guangzhou, China, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Forum and Training for laboratories and prospective participants, in the CPSC’s Third Party Testing Program. The Staff will conduct a testing industry forum and training day on conformity assessment of children’s products. The even is open to those in the CPSC’s Third Party Testing Program and those interested in applying for the program. The interactive format will allow for feedback form the testing industry based on experience with conformity assessment to CPSC requirements and they will take specific questions from those in attendance. Staff will provide training on critical areas of testing and cover cover accreditation issues that are of special concern to the CPSC.

Design for Safety: Preventing Mechanical Hazards for Designers and Manufacturers
September 12, 2017 – Guangzhou, China, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
CPSC staff, in cooperation with the European Commission, will conduct a training seminar on designing consumer products to prevent mechanical hazards. The target audience includes designers, manufacturers, and testing professionals who deal with consumer products. Government and industry experts will discuss common mistakes and identify areas for more careful consideration.

U.S. Mattress and Furniture Safety Requirements – Training for Designers and Manufacturers
September 13, 2017 – Shanghai, China
CPSC staff will train on mattress and furniture safety requirements at the China International Furniture Fair at the National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China. Content will focus on designing, testing and manufacturing mattresses and furniture that meet regulations for fire and chemical safety, as well as children’s furniture products.

More information about how to register, times, and locations will be announced soon. Contact the CPSC for more information.

EPA Final National Rule Issued

Does your company produce, or import, any products with manufactured wood components? (Think adjustable bases or furniture pieces among other products.) If so, then you should become familiar with the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule regarding formaldehyde emissions associated with manufactured wood such as particle board, plywood and the like. New label obligations as well as compliance with emissions standards become effective in 2017, meaning that each company needs to carefully consult with its wood suppliers and assess very soon whether a redesign of its products is necessary. Moreover, record-keeping requirements will soon be imposed upon each company in the stream of commerce. CONTACT Ms. Mattiace for additional information at 1-877-481-0734.

IMPORTANT Massachusetts Policy Changes

Massachusetts is currently reviewing their bedding, upholstered furniture and stuffed toy regulations and has determined that in accordance with M.G.L C. 94, § 271 and/or 105 CMR 620.000 they can require licensing per manufacturing location, just like the rest of the states currently do. Their past interpretation of allowing one license for all of a company’s manufacturing facilities will no longer be allowed, and upon renewal will require a separate application per facility for a fee of $300.00 for each license.

The Importer or Wholesale Dealer must be licensed if the manufacturer is not.

Legal Label is working with MA to ensure proper licensing for each of our clients.

Please note, MA has changed their expiration dates for all new licenses to one year from date of issue (as opposed to 6/30 annually.)

If you need help understanding these changes please contact Legal Label.