The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has amended its rules on testing and labelling to ensure children's products continue to comply with all applicable safety regulations.

The final rule released today (5 December) now requires "representative samples" of a product to be tested, replacing the previous need for "random sampling".

It also establishes a recordkeeping requirement associated with the testing of representative samples.

The final rule will be effective from 8 February 2013, and will apply to products manufactured after that date.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), manufacturers, importers and private labellers must submit samples to a third party testing body to ensure articles comply with children's product safety rules.

Based on that testing, the manufacturer or private labeller must then issue a certificate - called a Children's Product Certificate (CPC) - confirming this, either individually for each rule or for a combination of rules.

The new changes require a manufacturer to select representative product samples to be submitted to a third party body for periodic testing.

The manufacturer must document the procedure used to select representative product samples - as well as keep records documenting the testing of the samples, including the number of samples selected and the procedure used to select them.

Click here to see a copy of the final rule, which has been posted in the Federal Register.