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U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. CPSC – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Primary Contacts

Colin Church
Voluntary Standards Coordinator
Office of the Executive Director
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301.504.7245
Fax: 301.504.0016

General Overview of Agency Activities

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Overview of Regulatory Activities

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent Federal regulatory agency charged with reducing unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products used in the home, in schools, and in recreation.

. Learn more about specific products that the U.S. CPSC does regulate.

. Learn more about products that the U.S. CPSC does not regulate.

To carry out its mission, CPSC administers six statutes passed by Congress:

Standards Used in Regulation and Procurement

CPSC has incorporated several voluntary consensus standards into its technical regulations including standards developed by the following organizations:

This list may be incomplete and only attempts to name some of the standards developing organizations from which CPSC has incorporated standards. For more information:  

. Search the U.S. CPSC Product Safety Standards and Guidance Database for CPSC mandatory regulations (market access requirements).

. Search for voluntary consensus standards (market acceptance requirements) developed with CPSC staff involvement.

Conformity Assessment

CPSC recognizes a variety of conformity assessment approaches including those described on the Information on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) webpage. For more information:

. Search the U.S. CPSC Product Safety Standards and Guidance Database

. Access a list of all CPSC Accredited Laboratories

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