COVID-19 Products: Regulatory Guidance Released by U.S. CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety
Commission (CPSC) has released guidance to help industry stakeholders understand
the current regulatory requirements for products that are in high demand
because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current health crisis means a wide range
of products are not only in high demand but are also being consumed beyond
their typical usage. Product types included in the guidance include:

  • Face
  • Face
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • Disinfectants
    and cleaning products

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The document covers regulatory
requirements relating to flammability – the CPSC classifies face coverings,
gowns and gloves as “articles of wearing apparel” and so they must comply with
the requirements in the ‘Flammable Fabrics Act’. SGS lists the exemptions in
SafeGuard 171/20.

It also covers the requirements relating
to children’s products (12 and under) – face coverings, gowns and gloves must
also comply with the labeling, testing and certification requirements of the
Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). They must meet the following requirements:

  • Bear
    permanent tracking information
  • Total lead
    content limits (unless material exempted by 16 CFR 1500.91(d)(7)(i)
  • Lead in
    paint/similar surface coating limits

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For face shields:

  • Non-medical
    use – subject to CPSC requirements
  • Children’s
    product – CPSIA requirements
  • Medical use
    – under the jurisdiction of the U.S. FDA

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Finally, for disinfectant and cleaning
products, the guidance notes that these come under a variety of agency
jurisdictions, depending on the product. In addition, certain household
products must have child-safe packaging, as per the Poison Prevention Packaging
Act (PPPA).

For more information on the stipulations
relating to the requirements regarding testing laboratories, certification, and
the agency jurisdiction for certain disinfectant and cleaning products, read
SGS SafeGuard 171/20.

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For further information contact:

Matthew McGarrity
Senior Technical Manager
Tel: +1 (973) 461 1505



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