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L-A-B Accreditation meets requirements for Toy Safety Testing

L-A-B Accreditation meets requirements of the Toy Safety Testing as defined in the ‘Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008′

(Fort Wayne, IN OCT. 1, 2008) – Laboratory Accreditation Bureau supports The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) through the accreditation of Testing Laboratories to the requirements set forth in 16 C.F.R. Part 1303. The mission of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) is to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products in and around the home. Laboratory Accreditation Bureau supports The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) through the accreditation of Testing Laboratories to the requirements set forth in 16 C.F.R. Part 1303.

The mission of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) is to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products in and around the home.

This Act mandates that third party testing be conducted on certain types of children’s products. In addition it defines the criteria for “firewalling” laboratories owned or controlled by a manufacturer, ensuring they are isolated from undue influence or bias for the test results they generate. Specifically this act concerns the testing for Lead content and toxicity for Children’s toys and Toy safety, in response the rising concerns surrounding this issue and the increased number of incidents of lead poisoning to infants and children within the US.

According to CPSIA 2008 – Prior to importing for use, storage or distribution any children’s product subject to a children’s product safety rule, every manufacturer of these children’s product shall have product(s) tested and certificate(s) issued by a third party conformity assessment body (test lab) that meets the requirements established by the commission.

Laboratory’s testing children’s products for conformity with the lead paint ban, must be accredited by an ILAC-MRA signatory accrediting body like L-A-B to ISO/IEC 17025 – General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories. The scope of the accreditation must expressly include testing to the requirements of 16 CFR part 1303.


As of September 9, 2010, Third Party Laboratories may register (with CPSC) utilizing L-A-B CPSC Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) for Testing Compliance for the following scopes:

  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1203 (bicycle helmets)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1215 (infant bath seats)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1216 (infant walkers)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1303 (lead paint)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1420 (all terrain vehicles)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1500.86(a)(5) (clacker balls)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1500.86(a)(7) and (8) (dive sticks and other similar articles)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1501 (small parts)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1505 (electrically operated toys)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1508 (full-size cribs)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1509 (non-full-size cribs)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1510 (rattles)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1511 (pacifiers)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1512 (bicycles)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1513 (children’s bunk beds)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1610 (flammability of clothing textiles)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1611 (flammability of vinyl plastic film)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1630 (surface flammability of carpets and rugs)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1631 (surface flammability of small carpets and rugs)
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1632 (flammability of mattresses and mattress pads [FF 4-72, Amended])
  • 16 C.F.R. Part 1633 (flammability [open flame] of mattress sets)
  • Children’s Metal Jewelry, CPSC Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08 for Determining Total Lead and/or the “Screening Test for Total PB Analysis” Section of the 2005 CPSC Laboratory SOP for Determining Lead
  • Children’s Metal Products, CPSC Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08 for Determining Total Lead
  • Non-Metal Children’s Products, CPSC Test Method CPSC-CH-E1002-08 Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead

Benefits of L-A-B CPSC LAP

  • Be Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for CPSC requirements to meet the legal requirements of Consumer Product Safety Act
  • Accreditation for a scope that will be recognized by ILAC signatory accreditation bodies around the globe
  • Utilize the L-A-B CPSC LAP Technical Requirements Mark in combination with the L-A-B symbol to promote your accreditation
  • With an approved application from CPSC become a CPSC accredited laboratory and be listed on their website as a Third Party Lab, Firewalled Lab, or a Governmental Lab.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and 16 C.F.R. Part 1303 Resources:

For additional information and updates, visit the CPSC’s Third Party Laboratory Accreditation Website