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The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 is a U.S. law regulation that was implemented on August 14, 2008. The CPSIA enforces testing and documentation requirements to manufacturers of a variety of consumer products including clothing, shoes, personal care products, jewelry, toys, electronics, books, among others. The regulation also sets acceptable levels of several substances like lead and phthalates, and is specifically targeted to consumer products for children under the age of 12. The CPSIA regulation effectively poses challenges to anyone who manufactures, imports, or distributes apparel, footwear and other children’s products in the United States.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has granted a 1-year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for regulated products subject to the CPSIA. However, the stay does not relieve the manufacturer or importer from the responsibility of ensuring that their products meet all applicable product safety requirements, including those covered by the stay of enforcement for testing and certification.
To help you meet CPSIA requirements, SGS offers a comprehensive and cost-effective CPSIA Product Compliance Program to ensure that your products fulfill all requirements prior to shipment.

Another concern for manufacturers is the REACH regulation (EC 1907/2006), implemented in June 2007. This major reform in EU chemical policy introduces legal obligations on chemical substances contained in finished products. These obligations affect all parts of the supply chain that produce and use chemicals, and export to Europe. It also created new challenges for the textile and footwear industries.
More than a year after enforcement, a clear direction had emerged, dictating the industry to focus on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The most immediate impact is to meet the obligation under Article 33 of the REACH regulation, stating the “duty to communicate information on substances in articles.” If an article contains a substance on the Candidate List and its concentration is above 0.1% (corresponding to 1,000 ppm or mg/kg) per article, EU suppliers of this article must provide sufficient information to their downstream users.
In response, many industries, especially in the textile and footwear sectors, are subjecting their products to analytical testing to determine if SVHCs are present and if so, measure its concentration.

In order to help industries fulfill REACH obligations, SGS launched a convenient and cost-effective Product Screening Program. The program provides a testing package to screen your products against the current SVHC Candidate List (total of 15 substances). Seven packages are offered, covering different product categories which have been especially tailor-made to give accurate testing results and to ensure your products conform to the ECHA chemical requirements.

This program is particularly helpful to buyers, retailers and manufacturers in today’s fast-paced textile supply chains. We understand that time plays a critical part in your everyday business, and this Product Screening Program simplifies testing application procedures, shortens time required for quotations and minimizes testing expenses through a competitive testing package price.

To know more about this service, please feel free to contact our customer service representative.
Contact Name: Ms. Ruth Hon
t: + 852 2774 7488
SGS Softline website For print version, please download Be sure your products do not contain any of the current SVHC's (PDF 277 KB)

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.