ISPA Updates “Manual of Bedding Labeling Laws”

The International Sleep Products Association, in partnership with Legal Label, Inc., released an updated and expanded electronic version of the Manual of Labeling Laws. The manual is an indispensable tool that helps mattress manufacturers navigate the complexities of labeling their products for sale in different states.

The manual contains comprehensive information on U.S and Canadian laws regulating the labeling of new and secondhand bedding, upholstered furniture, and other products. The purpose of these labels is to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing a secondhand product or product that contains unsafe or unsanitary materials. But it is critical to know the details of how to label your product, because exactly which products require law labels can vary from one state to the next (as can the labeling and registration requirements themselves,) and mistakes can result in costly sales and business interruptions.

In addition to providing details about a federal requirement regarding the labeling of mattresses that contain used filling materials, the new manual summarizes U.S. law label requirements set by 32 individual U.S. states and local jurisdictions, 15 of which also require company registration and licensing. In Canada, three of ten provinces require registration and licensing.

The updated manual contains easy-to-use charts that show the general law label requirements for all U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. The new edition also contains a number of enhancements. First, it is in electronic form, which will allow for easy reference and more frequent updating. Second, the manual provides more information about each state’s requirements.

This manual can be downloaded electronically from the ISPA website, and is provided as a free benefit to all ISPA members. Members only need a valid website password (provided free to all members) to access it. Non-members may purchase the manual by going to ispasleep.wufoo.com/forms/2013-manual-of-labeling-laws.

For more information, visit www.sleepproducts.org.

About the International Sleep Products Association: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.

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