General Certification of Conformity Frequently Asked Questions
Can electronic certificates be used to meet the requirements of
Section 102 rather thanpaper?
A. The CPSC
staff's opinion is that so long as the Commission has reasonable
access to thecertificate electronically
and it contains all of the information required by section 102 of
theCPSIA, electronic certificates can
be used to satisfy the CPSIA.
Q. Must each
shipment be "accompanied" by a certificate?
A. Yes, the
law requires that each import (and domestic manufacturer) shipment
be"accompanied" by the required
certificate. The requirement applies to imports and productsmanufactured domestically. CPSC staff believes that an electronic
certificate is "accompanying"a shipment if the certificate is identified by a unique identifier
and can be accessed via a WorldWide Web
URL or other electronic means, provided the URL or other electronic
means and theunique identifier are created
in advance and available with the shipment.
Q. Must I supply
the certificate to my distributors and retailers?
A. You are
required to "furnish" the certificate to your distributors
and retailers. CPSC staffbelieves that
this requirement is satisfied if you provide your distributors and
retailers areasonable means to access
Q. Must the
certifier(s) sign the certificate?
A. No. Issuing
the certificate satisfies the new law. It does not have to besigned by theissuer(s).
Q. On what
does my certification have to be based?
A. The general
conformity certification must be based on a test of eachproduct or a reasonabletesting
Q. Where must
these certificates be filed?
A. A certificate
does not have to be filed with the government. As noted above, the
the product shipment, and be "furnished" to distributors
and retailers, and befurnished to CPSC
are unofficial descriptions and interpretations of various features
of CPSIA and do notreplace or supersede
the statutory requirements of the new legislation. These FAQs were
prepared byCPSC staff, have not been
reviewed or approved by, and may not necessarily reflect the views
of, theCommission. Some FAQs may be subject
to change based on Commission action.
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