Consumer product regulation

The Consumer Products Safety Act (CPSA) and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) give the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) the authority to develop standards and institute product bans or recalls if a consumer product poses harm to the public. CPSC also administers and enforces the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), which requires hazardous household products to bear warning statements and first-aid directions, the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA), which calls for art material to be reviewed for chronic hazards, and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), which requires certain household substances to be packaged in child-resistant packaging.

CPSC is the chief regulatory agency that protects the public from unreasonable risk, injury, or death from thousands of consumer products. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also works to protect consumers by enforcing compliance standards, promoting fair competition among businesses, and educating consumers about their rights and responsibilities. Consumer products may also be regulated by various state laws such as California’s Proposition 65.

Types of products

Consumer products include a wide range of household items such as toys, cribs, furniture, lamps, power tools, and household chemicals like cleaning products that do not make antimicrobial claims. These products are subject to recall if they pose an unreasonable risk to consumers or if they are improperly labeled.

TSG can help

  • Develop compliant consumer product hazard labels
  • Evaluate product safety for Proposition 65 or other regulatory purposes
  • Estimate exposure to chemical substances from use of consumer products
  • Prepare hazard assessments
  • Provide LHAMA evaluations of art materials
  • Monitor state compliance
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