Since its inception in 1976, the JPMA Certification Program continues to grow and play an important role in the juvenile products industry. Currently, more than 2,000 products are JPMA Certified in 20 categories!
ASTM International (formerly The American Society for Testing & Materials) develops and publishes the standards. JPMA manufacturers, retailers, other industry members, consumer groups and staff from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are involved in the development of the standards.
The JPMA Certification Seal on a product tells consumers this product has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM, through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer's production line. The manufacturers that participate in the JPMA Certification Program are held to high standards and are obligated to meet those principles with every product. Our symbol of certification is a symbol of confidence that the juvenile products have met these performance standards. This confidence extends to customers in the buying decisions they make.
Both ASTM and the CPSC work well with and understand the needs of manufacturers, retailers and the consumer. Together they have encouraged voluntary collaborative actions among stakeholders to address safety requirements.
Independent standards organizations and the safety standards developed in cooperation with industry experts result in some of the best hazard-based standards that ensure today's parents may be comfortably secure in the safe use and selection of their juvenile products.
In a 2007 Senate hearing on the reauthorization of the CPSC, authorities cited an 84% and 89% reduction in fatalities and injuries due to the establishment and effectiveness of ASTM Standards for baby walkers and cribs, respectively.
JPMA's members and certified manufacturers are committed to providing the best products possible. Testaments to that pledge are the continual adjustments and additions to the Certification Program. JPMA asks manufacturers to remain vigilant and provide consumers with the security and knowledge that will keep their children safe. And by carrying JPMA certified products, retailers show their support of the program and care for their customer. By promoting the program, industry publications take that extra step in providing consumers with the best and most up-to-date information available.
JPMA is proud to provide a certification program that demands only the best in quality, safety and functionality. That's why JPMA urges all parents to look for the JPMA Certification Seal on products and packages when shopping for baby.
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