As part of implementing the Consumer Product Safety Act, as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a final rule requiring periodic audits of children’s product testing organizations. Children’s product testing organizations analyze the safety of many children’s toys currently on the market and the newly required audits will be a condition for a testing organization’s continuing accreditation.

As required by the final rule, the periodic audit will examine whether the testing organization continues to meet the requirements for accreditation and then require resubmission of the lab accreditation form to the CPSC. These audits seek to ensure that the testing organizations are free from undue influence regarding technical judgment and that testing organizations are competent to perform their testing services.

While third party testing organizations will have an opportunity to make any necessary corrections revealed during an audit, the CPSC can take whatever action it deems necessary, including withdrawing accreditation, if a testing organization fails to rectify any problems identified.