The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has set up a website so that small batch children's product manufacturers can register for exemption from third party testing.

Qualifying small batch manufacturers are not required to third party test for compliance with certain children's product safety rules during 2012, if they produced less than 7,500 units of the items in the previous calendar year and earned $1m or less in total gross revenues from sales of these products.

The new registry - at www.SaferProducts.gov - does not exempt small batch manufacturers from ensuring that their products comply with mandatory standards under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

They must still provide a certificate of conformity, in which the manufacturers certify in writing that their products comply with the applicable regulations. However, except where required by law, the certificate does not have to be based on third party testing.

From 31 December 2011, the stays of enforcement on third-party testing and certification for limits on total lead content for children's products, and the ban on certain phthalates for children's toys and child care articles, came to an end.