The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has exercised its enforcement discretion and effective from 25 March 2016 that manufacturers, importers or private labellers do not require to maintain GCC for adult‘s apparel that is exempted from Flammability testing.
As per the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), for general use consumer product (or non-children’s product) it is mandatory to have General Conformity Certificate (GCC) to demonstrate compliance with the applicable rule, ban, standard, or regulation enforced by CPSC. However, for adult’s apparel only the applicable rule is Flammability standards under Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA).
On the other hand, under FFA, based on experience CPSC has exempted some textile fabrics from flammability testing under its rule 16 CFR 1610, as these textile fabrics by their nature always meet criteria of flammability requirements. These exempted fabrics are:
plain or raised-fiber surface fabric, regardless of weight, made entirely or blend of acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester and wool.
plain-surface fabric, regardless of fiber content, weighing 2.6 ounces per square yard or more
CPSC noticed that majority of adult’s apparel are made of exempted fabrics. The cost for maintaining GCC for such low risk products are significant and burden for manufacturer and importer without advancing compliance or product safety requirement. Hence, CPSC decided not to exercise compliance enforcement on manufacturer, importer or private labeller of adult’s apparel that is exempted from flammability test for not having GCC.