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Artificial Turf, General Conformity Certificates, the CPSA & CPSIA

artificial turf cpsc conformity certificateGeneral Conformity Certificates (GCC)
and the Artificial Turf & Synthetic Grass Market

A Great Tool To Communicate Product Information

The GCC certificate, for every industry, is a great tool because it provides timely and accurate information about the actual products being shipped for consumption.

The Amended CPSA definition of a consumer product is:
(See Page 5 of PDF):

U.S.C. § 2053].
(5) CONSUMER PRODUCT.

–The term ‘‘consumer product’’ means any article, or component part thereof, produced or distributed (i) for sale to a consumer for use in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise, or (ii) for the personal use, consumption or enjoyment of a consumer in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise; ….

The CPSC characterizes “artificial turf” and “synthetic grass” as a system that is a “consumer product”; including tufted materials, infill, fabrics, seaming tape, adhesives and base materials used.

Are General Conformity Certificates required in the artificial turf industry?

It is under this classification of consumer products, available for purchase in US markets, that would require a product’s manufacturer or importer to publish a General Conformity Certificate for each shipment of product(s) (finished goods or components) that is subject to a ban, rule or standard. The certificate must be provided to that domestic manufacturers’ or importers’ distributors and suppliers, eventually passing along, without modification, to the installer or builder, in the artificial turf market. The GCC must also be available, upon demand, to the CPSC.

Click Here to Register to Get Download Sample General Conformity Certificate Form and Info Pkt for Artificial Turf Grass Market -  No Cost – Here

What federal standards, bans or rules govern artificial turf and synthetic grass products?

The CPSIA, CPSA & EPA standards, bans and rules are not specific to “artificial turf” or “synthetic grass” products, systems or its market stakeholders, brand name products or component materials; they refererence “consumer products”, in general.

Many industries are not regulated under a specific rule, ban or standard, clearly identifying them by name; this does not make them exempt.

How is the General Conformity Certificate a “great tool”?

The General Conformity Certificate, or GCC, serves as documented proof that the product that is being shipped & sold in US markets, does, indeed, comply with one or more of these rules, bans or standards on lead content (and other substances, as needed). Testing must be done on that product & all of its components. The domestic manufacturer, or importer, are identified on the certificate.

The certificate must also name the testing lab, cite the ban, rule or standard being certified for and all tests completed on that product. Penalties for not providing a GCC with correct and truthful data are severe; the certificate, itself, is a core requirement of the CPSIA and amended CPSA, enforced by the CPSC.

Again, in conclusion:

The GCC certificate, for every industry, is a great tool because it provides timely and accurate information about the actual products being shipped for consumption.

Prepared for the Artificial Grass, Synthetic Turf and Fake Lawn Market
you can
Register (at no cost)
to Download
General Conformity Certificate – GCC Sample Pkt Here

(See * Final Rule 11-18-08)

This note is not the opinion of the CPSC; its representatives, partners, agents or associates. Please seek experienced legal advice for your specific situation or questions.

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