Does Your Imported Board Game Need a CPC Certificate?
While many imported board games are intended for both adult and children’s use, if your board game is intended for children you may need to comply with regulations set out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC by creating a CPC Certificate. How do I know if I need a CPC Certificate? If […]

by | Jun 13, 2023

A family plays a children's board game.

While many imported board games are intended for both adult and children’s use, if your board game is intended for children you may need to comply with regulations set out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC by creating a CPC Certificate.

Snakes and Ladders, a board game intended for children that may need a CPC Certificate for import.


How do I know if I need a CPC Certificate?

If you are importing board games that are geared for children there are several questions you should be asking:

Did you answer yes to the above? If so, you should also check the following:

  • Is there a statement/label by the manufacturer about the intended use of the product?
  • Is the product’s packaging, display or promotion or advertising state that it is appropriate for use by children 12 or under?
  • Is the product commonly recognized by consumers as appropriate for children 12 and under?

If the answers are also yes, to above and you are the importer, you need to create what is known as a “Children’s Product Certificate” (CPC, or CPC Certificate). The board game would also need to be tested by a CPSC approved lab and those results reported in the CPC.

How do I get a CPC Certificate?

There are numerous regulations and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards that would need to be tested. These include, but are not limited to lead content and small parts.

In order to ensure compliance and proper CPC Certificate preparation, you need to go through every CPSC regulation applying to the board game that is being certified and list it on the CPC. You would also have to indicate the CPSC approved party which tested the required portions of the board game. The CPC also requires other information, including, but not limited to, place of manufacture and the party making the certification.

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always ensure to consult experts prior to importation.

Updating Age Determination Guidelines for Toys | CPSC.gov

Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) | CPSC.gov

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