What Products are Covered by the Flammable Fabrics Act?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) administers the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA). The FFA is a federal law that gives the CPSC the responsibility and authority for protecting the public from the hazards of dangerously flammable items of wearing apparel and interior furnishings. Under the FFA, standards have been established for the clothing textiles (apparel) for all ages, flammability of children's sleepwear, vinyl plastic film, carpets and rugs, and mattresses and mattress pads.
Manufacturers or importers of children’s products falling under the jurisdiction of the FFA must also meet certain other safety requirements, such as those for lead content, lead in surface coatings (for screen printing), tracking labels, and the creation of a Children’s Product Certificate.
Clothing and Apparel
Adult and children’s clothing is required to comply with the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, 16 CFR Part 1610. The standard, sometimes referred to as the general wearing apparel standard, has been in existence since the 1950s.
Children’s sleepwear is required to comply with the Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear, 16 CFR Part 1615 and 16 CFR Part 1616, These standards are more stringent than the general wearing apparel standard. Items such as “loungewear” are covered by the Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear.
Carpets and Rugs
Mattresses and Mattress Pads
Mattresses are required to comply with certain flammability, labeling, and record keeping requirements found at 16 CFR 1632 (smoldering) and 16 CFR 1633 (open flame). Mattress pads are required to comply with certain flammability, labeling, and record keeping requirements found at 16 CFR 1632 (smoldering).
Where can I find additional information?
For more information, please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Office of Compliance (for specific enforcement inquires): e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: (800) 638-2772.
- Small Business Ombudsman (for general assistance understanding and complying with CPSC regulations): e-mail: Please use our Contact Form, which is the best way to get a fast response; telephone: (888) 531-9070.