The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to delay plans to enforce testing and certification on many children's products covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

While the CPSC says products such as children's sleepwear must still comply with all applicable rules and bans, independent third party testing and certification will not be required while it continues to work toward recognising labs.

And it says the requirement to begin testing and certification to new lead limits of 300 parts per million (ppm) on items for children aged 12 and younger has been postponed by a year until February 2011.

For products not intended for children, including apparel, plans for a general certificate of conformity (GCC) that certifies the items comply with applicable CPSC regulations have also been postponed.

The CPSC has also adopted an interim policy allowing part testing of components for lead, which gives manufacturers and importers more choice and flexibility in certifying their products.

As before, they can send samples of the entire children's product out for independent third party testing. Or they can certify their products as meeting lead paint and lead content limits through test reports on component parts.

For full details of the latest CPSIA requirements, click here.