What Does the JPMA Certification Seal Really Mean?

Consumer Reports News: June 23, 2009 05:02 PM

If you’re in the market for baby products, you’re likely to find the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) seal on many of them. JPMA certification seal means that a baby product has been tested by an independent facility and met the guidelines set by standards developer ASTM International.

JPMA is a national trade association of 300 companies that make and/or import baby products, that administers a program that certifies manufacturers. Although JPMA certification is a handy product reference point, not all babies' and children’s products, such as crib mattresses, pacifiers, and toys, are included in the certification program. However, these products must still meet federal standards—and can be recalled if they are not in compliance with the law.

Throughout Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, available in Consumer Reports' online bookstore and from all major booksellers, we note the products that are certified, which can guide your shopping trips. And for more information about the JPMA Certification Seal, visit www.jpma.org.

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