New CPSIA Regulations Become Effective November 12, 2008

Kelley Drye Client Advisory

One of the most sweeping new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) becomes effective on November 12, 2008.

Beginning on that date, foreign and domestic manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of products subject to any consumer product safety rule, ban, standard, or regulation under any act enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or Commission”) must issue certificates of conformity to accompany every shipment of such products and to be furnished to each distributor and retailer.

The requirement covers products from toys and baby cribs to clothing and walk-behind lawn mowers. Although the Commission has issued some guidance for compliance, the requirement has created logistical burdens that companies must address quickly.