Voluntary Standards

Voluntary standards are safety standards developed through collaboration and research of best safety practices.

What are voluntary standards?


Through collaboration with voluntary standard organizations (like ANSI, ASTM, CSA, UL, and others) safety standards are developed for consumer products. In many cases, these standards bring industry groups, government agencies, and consumer groups together to agree on best consumer product safety practices. Read more about what this may mean for manufacturers, and how standards can be used to help lead towards the development safe consumer products.


Voluntary Standards Summary Reports

The Voluntary Standards Summary Report is published twice a year and shows, among other things, product or product areas associated with the voluntary standards work, the name of the employee leading each activity, the name(s) and designation(s) of the standards associated with the product, the purpose of staff’s involvement, the reporting period activity, and staff’s next actions associated with the voluntary standard. The report is issued at the middle (mid-year report) and end (annual report) of the CPSC fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30.


May 23, 2016

Voluntary Standards Activities FY 2016 Mid-Year Report


Previous Reports 


March 22, 2016 - Voluntary Standards Activities FY 2015 Annual Report


February 08, 2016 - Voluntary Standards Activities FY 2015 Midyear Report


November 17, 2015 - 2014 Annual Report on Voluntary Standards Activities


June 18, 2014 - 2014 Midyear Report on Voluntary Standards Activities


Current Staff Activities in Voluntary Standards


Architectural Glazing 

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Baby Monitors

Bassinets/ Cradles

Batteries (Button, Coin Cell, Lithium, Toy, and Electronic Devices) 

Bed Rails (Adult) 

Bedside Sleepers


Booster Seats

Candles and Candle Accessories

Changing Tables

Child-Resistant Packaging (CRP)

Clothes Dryers

Constant-Air Inflatable Play Devices (for Home Use)

Crib Bumpers

Cribs (Non-Full-Size) and Play Yards

Cribs (Commercial)

Cribs (Full-Size) 


Flammable Liquids (Containers/Material Handling)

Flammable Refrigerants

Folding Chairs and Stools (Children’s) 

Formaldehyde in MDF

Formaldehyde in Particleboard

Frame Child Carriers

Fuel Tanks (Leakage) 

Furniture Tip Over

Garage Door Operators

Gas Ranges (Control Panels)

Gasoline Containers (Child-Resistant Containers) 

Gasoline Containers (Flame Arresters) 

Gates and Other Enclosures

Hand-Held Carriers

Helmets (Recreational)

High Chairs

Hook-on Chairs

Inclined Sleep Products

Infant Bath Seats

Infant Bath Tubs

Infant Bouncers

Infant Slings (Sling Carriers)

Infant Swings

Infant Walkers

Liquid Laundry Packets



National Electrical Code (NEC)



Playground Equipment (Home)

Playground Equipment (Public)

Portable Bed Rails (Children’s)

Portable Fireplaces (Firepots and Unvented Alcohol Appliances)

Portable Generators

Power Equipment (formerly Table Saws)

Ranges (Tip-Over)

Recreational Off-Road Vehicles (ROVs)

Smoke Alarms

Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers

Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation (Residential Off-Gas)

Stationary Activity Centers


Swimming Pools and Spas


Toddler Beds

Torch Fuel and Lamp Oil


Upholstered Furniture

Vented Gas Heating Appliances (CO Sensors) (Formerly Furnaces)

Window Coverings (Blind Cords)



For more information on specific voluntary standards, or to purchase them, contacts these groups.




Staff Meetings Involving Voluntary Standards 

CPSC Public Calendar

Staff Correspondence Relating to Voluntary Standards

VS Meeting Logs