Thursday, February 26, 2009

Supplier Certificates... [what you are trying to obtain]

Quick and easy... you're contacting your suppliers, you aren't sure what info you need. This may be new to you, and you just found out about CPSIA.

Here's a run down, of a few documents you want in your folder:



CONFORMITY:
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COA - Certificate of Analysis - certifies that the product has been tested, and is compliant.
http://www.ivstandards.com/tech/articles/consumer/coas.asp

COC - Certificate of Compliance - same thing, basically as a COA.
http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/certificate-of-compliance.html


GCC - General Conformity Certificate - certification that the product meets the CPSIA standards and limits.
http://wahmsolutions.com/blog/tag/general-conformity-certificate/





SAFETY:
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MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet - information for the proper handling of hazardous materials and supplies. those glues and other toxic items you may use in your production, you want to be able to reference these sheets. they provide more detailed info than what's on the package.

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardcommunications/index.html

this is not going to give you any info on the lead or phthalate content. UNLESS the lead is at a toxic level.

BUT YOU DO WANT TO HAVE THESE ON HAND for any material you use that may be dangerous.

2 comments:

Tara J. May 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

Do you know how an Oeko-Tex certificate works into the mix? Are any versions of these being accepted as conforming with the CPSIA?

stace June 1, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

"The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.

The tests for harmful substances comprise substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.

A tested textile product is allocated to one of the four Oeko-Tex® product classes based on its intended use. The more intensively a product comes into contact with the skin, the stricter the human ecological requirements it must fulfil."

http://www.oeko-tex.com