Product Safety

In compliance with the product safety laws and in keeping with our commitment to social responsibility, SanMar has instituted a broad-level initiative to provide our customers with information about product safety laws, our product safety practices and ready access to General Conformity Certificates and Children’s Product Certificates for all applicable private label products.

What This Means to You

Product safety is a high priority for SanMar, and we know it is a high priority for you as well. Rest assured that SanMar is committed to verifying that materials used to manufacture our private label products are safe and meet or exceed all applicable U.S. product safety laws.

Product Safety Testing Program & Restricted Substances List

Working with Intertek (a third-party vendor), one of the global leaders in product testing, we have instituted a rigorous product testing program across our private label supply chain to verify that manufacturers are producing goods that meet our high standards and those of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) and other applicable federal and state laws. SanMar performs and maintains third-party testing as required by state and federal law. Test reports are available by request through our Customer Care Team at For more information about Intertek, please visit

Additionally, our suppliers are required to adhere to SanMar’s Restricted Substances List (RSL), which prohibits or limits the use substances of high concern. Our RSL closely follows that of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, available at

For more information about SanMar’s compliance program, email

Consumer product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) became law in August 2008 and is applicable to certain products manufactured after November 12, 2008. The CPSIA enhances current U.S. product safety laws and primarily covers hazardous substances and flammability requirements for children’s products, as well as flammability requirements for general wear apparel. The law also requires the issuance of a General Conformity Certificate (GCC) or Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) for all products imported into the U.S. subject to safety regulations enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We can confirm that each applicable product manufactured after November 12, 2008 and imported by us is accompanied by an electronic CPSIA certificate and meets all applicable testing and labeling requirements under the CPSIA. Electronic CPSIA certificates (GCCs and CPCs) or instructions for accessing them can be found on our CPSIA Certificates page.

We remind customers that the GCCs and CPCs we provide relate to blank, undecorated products we sell and that customers may have their own obligations for product safety standards.

Learn more about the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act at

California Proposition 65

SanMar works within the guidelines of applicable US federal and state safety requirements, including the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as California Proposition 65. We have extended that effort with hangtags on our bags with information on responsible sourcing, product safety and a California Proposition 65 warning.

According to the state of California, businesses must provide a warning that appears on a product’s label or other labeling for products that may contain any of the 850+ chemicals on California’s Prop 65 list. A Proposition 65 warning label does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.

For more information about Prop 65, email or visit the Prop 65 website at

For additional product safety resources, including helpful compliance tools, best practices and guidance on product safety regulations, visit PPAI's website.