07. Box Marking - USA | v.20211122

Main display surface: The surface that is most easily displayed to consumers when the product is sold on the shelf.


7.1 Product Name  


7.2 Tracking Label

Children's products that are designed or intended primarily for use by children ages 12 or younger must have distinguishing permanent marks (generally referred to as "tracking labels") that are

  • Affixed to the product and its packaging and
  • Provide certain identifying information.

Please note: importers, manufacturers, and private labelers of durable infant or toddler products need to meet additional product and outer package labeling requirements beyond the basic tracking label requirements discussed on this guidance page.

ALL tracking labels must contain certain basic information, including:

1. Manufacturer or private labeler name; (No self-coding)

2. Location and date of production of the product; Self-coding)

Location: Need to be precise to the city; self-coding

3. Detailed information on the manufacturing process, such as a batch or run number, or other identifying characteristics;

4. Any other information to facilitate ascertaining the specific source of the product. (Self-coding)

All tracking label information should be visible and legible.

Compliance with the tracking label requirement will help improve the effectiveness and response rates for future recalls. It also helps CPSC staff and companies in the chain of commerce. When a component has been identified as the source of a hazard or violation, the tracking label helps identify other products that may contain the same component.


7.3 Warning Information

Font requirements:

The background needs to be a solid color.


7.3.1 Small Parts

Note: Only products labeled for ages 3-6 years old users require a small parts label, products labeled for ages 6 years old and over do not require a small parts label to be added.

For toys and games intended for children at least 3 years old but less than 6 years of age, and which contain small part(s), the labeling shall read:


7.3.2 Small Ball

For any small ball intended for children 3 years of age or older the labeling shall read: 

For any toy or game intended for children who are at least 3 years old but less than 8 years of age that contains a small ball, the labeling shall read:


7.3.3 Marble

For any marble intended for 3 years of age or older the labeling shall read:

For any toy or game intended for children who are at least 3 years of age but less than 8 years of age that contains a marble, the labeling shall read:


7.3.4 Balloon

For any latex balloon or any toy or game that contains a latex balloon, the labeling shall read:

7.4 Country of Origin

The famous mark "Made in China" is from the federal regulation 19CFR134: Original Country Label. This regulation is well known, so many customers do not arrange for testing.

7.5 Age label


7.6 Manufacturer's Address

F963 requirements must have the name and address of the manufacturer, importer, and distributor.

Producer's Markings:

Either a principal component of a toy or the package of a toy shall be marked with the name and address of the producer or the distributor. In the case of toys sold in bulk, such as jacks or marbles, only the container needs to be marked. All of these markings shall be legible and so positioned as to be seen easily by the customer and shall resist normal use conditions. Toys may carry a code that will enable the producer to identify model changes except for toys comprising many loose components, in which case the container may be so coded.

7.7 Trademark

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