Principles of the PSC. For those who handle human and life-threatening products such as lasers, laser rangefinders, and motorcycle helmets
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In the previous article, I explained the minimum points that a business operator should know about PSE (Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Act) and Radio Law (technical suitability). This time, I will tell you the points about PSC (Consumer Product Safety Act).
One of our strengths is that we handle all-genre certification agency such as PSC, PSE, radio law, etc. Some of them have two certifications required for a single product, and we can respond to such products with a single request.
Well, about the PSC. I think that lasers and riding (motorcycle) helmets are likely to be related in the retail business of general operators at PSC. As will be described later, the items handled by PSC are quite maniac, and it is quite difficult for general operators to perform those inspections and put them in circulation, and I think that companies with capital as such will be the main.
However, I believe that just knowing what kind of things are actually for PSC and how to do such inspections will greatly expand the range as a business operator.
- 1 What is the Consumer Goods Safety Act (PSC)?
- 2 PSC is classified into two categories: specific electrical appliances and specific products other than special specified products.
- 3 Difficult points of PSC inspection
- 4 There are many unique gadgets using lasers
- 5 【Small Talk】Difficult story of carrying laser application equipment (laser pointer) inspection at our company
- 6 Beware of malicious illegal items! There is almost no way a Chinese operator can get a PSC
What is the Consumer Goods Safety Act (PSC)?
A law that regulates various regulations on distributors with respect to the product for the purpose of "preventing the occurrence of harm to the life or body of general consumers". Established in 1973. Jurisdiction of ministry of economy, trade and industry.
Simply put, you may not sell any hazardous products that are deemed to be particularly likely to cause harm to the lives or bodies of the subject of the Ministry. The target products and regulations have been updated according to the changes of the times.
Violation of the PSC Law may result in a variety of penalties, including imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to 1 million yen, or a combination of such penalties.
By the way, psc is
Product Safety Consumer abbreviation.
PSC is classified into two categories: specific electrical appliances and specific products other than special specified products.
So what is pse coverage?
Please see the figure quoted from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry page.
Citation: Overview of consumer product safety law
Special specific products for infant beds, portable laser application equipment, hot water circulators for bathtubs, lighters,
There are specific products other than pressure pans and pressures for home use, riding helmets, climbing ropes, oil water heaters, oil heaters, and special specific products for oil stoves.
The PSC law has been strengthened year by year, but one of the reasons for this is that wikipedia is quoted as it is.
In 2006, in response to a series of serious accidents such as paloma water heater death accident, matsushita small gas water heater death accident, and gas instant water heater called defect problem of Matsushita electric FF type oil hot air heater, oil hot air machine and household shredder, jaw deformity due to infant's fingertip cutting and pacifier, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry worked on revision of this Law, obligation to report on serious accidents, An amended bill was drafted that includes the provisions of public announcement, etc. by the competent minister.
In addition, fire accidents caused by lighters are also a problem, and we are often calling for winter NHK, such as never using oil stoves that do not display the PSC mark.
There are multiple PSCs, but as I mentioned at the beginning, I think that there are only a few products that are likely to be certified by general businesses and put into distribution. To be honest, we wouldn't handle, say, an oil stove ourselves. Of course, authentication itself is possible at all, so if you are interested, please contact us at any time.
Difficult points of PSC inspection
There are PSEs with the same ministries and departments, but the difficulty of PSC inspection is that the inspection of the production plant is imposed, and the inspection is limited to Japanese inspection organizations or related organizations.
In PSE, specific electrical appliances (rhombus PSE) require factory inspection, but it is also possible with foreign inspection organizations. However, psc's "special specific products" are only inspection institutions in Japan, so if production is an overseas factory, japanese inspectors must be dispatched here.
And now, most of the production is at overseas factories (mainly in China), so that alone is a serious burden. This is also raising the hurdles for the PSC.
In addition, "specific products other than special specific products" are also available at inspection institutions in China, but it is quite difficult to find such inspection institutions.
You are also required to purchase PL insurance.
However, it can be said that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has imposed regulations to prevent serious accidents caused by PSC products. Try observing the product at home. The PSC mark is always displayed. Rather, those that do not display are illegal.
There are many unique gadgets using lasers
The photo shows a portable laser application device (laser pointer) certified by our company. It is a standard product used in seminars and study sessions, but in fact these things are for PSC.
For portable laser applications, illegal lasers made in China have long been a problem. Illegal lasers that adversely affect the human body and other social infrastructure, such as unusually thick lasers and very long irradiation distances, have become a long-term problem.
On the other hand, although photos cannot be posted due to portrait rights issues, laser applications are also expanding, such as laser distance gauges used at construction sites and daily life, and gadgets such as laser thermometers that measure the temperature of irradiated objects.
In other words, the demand for PSC inspection of lasers is expected to grow more and more in the future.
【Small Talk】Difficult story of carrying laser application equipment (laser pointer) inspection at our company
Our first certification was a portable laser application device (laser pointer). At that time, we caught information that laser pointers would definitely sell, and we had a desire to handle them in-house.
However, I found that PSC inspection was necessary for that, and without any information about authentication, I found a Chinese factory and started certification, but at first I had only really struggled.
Since the product samples provided by the factory have different laser wavelengths, they are completely pushed back by inspection institutions, and the inspection institutions do not tell us the different reasons and improvements, so we have to remake new samples while analogying them all here.
Now that there is know-how, certification that originally ends in a few months also has quite a day because the factory is busy, and inspection institutions say, "Why don't you liquidate once because it will be at the end of the fiscal year?" At this rate, it was dangerous, so I had the factory make a precise sample again, and I managed to pass it.
After that, the factory inspection was completed safely and the PSC inspection passed. We were able to exhibit safely and grew up as our main product.
This story is only a matter of touch, so if you are interested, please contact us.
The following is an image of our laser plant (China) during factory inspection. It is difficult to imagine only chinese factories and words, but of course, there is a solid reality.
Since we are dispatching Japanese inspectors to these places, certification is still a pretty difficult job. However, if you finish it, the range of products you will handle will expand.
The left is the president, the middle is hori, the right is the manager.
Beware of malicious illegal items! There is almost no way a Chinese operator can get a PSC
First of all, only Japanese corporations can apply for PSC inspections. In addition, as I have told you, since the inspection itself generates factory inspections of inspection institutions, it takes cost and effort, so it takes a lot of effort to perform PSC inspections properly. It is almost impossible for Chinese operators to do PSC inspections (alone).
Because of this, you may think that it is almost illegal when Chinese operators are selling PSC products, and rather it is better not to purchase the product.
In addition, specific items cannot be conveyed due to confidentiality obligations, but around the summer of 2019, it seems that a Chinese business operator that sold PSC-eligible products on Amazon without approval was hit by a crackdown by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
In that sense, the hurdles are high, but if you clear the PSC properly, it can be said that business opportunities are large, so if you are interested, please feel free to contact us.
I will also write about the PSC procedure in the next article.