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Amazon Enforces Safety Requirements for Children’s School Supplies

Amazon Enforces Safety Requirements for Children's School Supplies

Amazon notified sellers about enforcement measures it is taking in children’s school supplies. It required safety documentation for those products by February 13, 2019, otherwise it promised to pull the ASINs from its site.

The enforcement relates to strict rules around the sale of children’s products created by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2009 after Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

At the time, Amazon said it was removing 2,500 products from the Toys and Baby categories in order to comply with the CPSIA, stating it had not received certification of CPSIA compliance from the manufacturers of those products.

FBA sellers are not exempt from the latest enforcement notice. This month, Amazon warned sellers who had children’s school supplies inventory in its FBA fulfillment centers that they would have to create removal orders for items missing safety documentation. (“Standard FBA fees for returns or disposals will apply,” Amazon warned sellers.)

Amazon also carefully noted, “By submitting the safety documentation, you confirm that all the information is true,” as if expecting some sellers might be tempted to supply false documents.

It’s not clear why Amazon tackled one category of children’s products with this month’s enforcement action. We’ve heard little from sellers about the CPSIA since it caused mass disruption 10 years ago – here’s just one of our articles from that period about the impact of the law on online sellers and crafters.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.