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Product quality and safety has always been a priority for Barnes & Noble, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Barnes & Noble”) and, as new and complex safety standards emerge, we count on our suppliers and manufacturers to provide products that meet or exceed all applicable safety requirements.

As many of you are aware, in August 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), along with other directives and amendments, enacted new requirements related to lead paint, lead content, phthalates and tracking labels for products designed or intended primarily for children 12 years old or younger. (For more details on the CPSIA go to www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html.)

It is important to note that regulated non-children’s products also require compliance to standards specific to that product and we depend on you to maintain knowledge of and comply with all safety standards for your products.

To that extent, we have developed a new Vendor and Product Compliance program (the “Barnes & Noble Compliance Program”) to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, safe products to our customers. Click the links below for specifics:

Barnes & Noble Vendor Compliance

In connection with the Barnes & Noble Compliance Program, we have posted our Vendor Compliance Certification Form on our website for those vendors who supply product to or manufacture product for Barnes & Noble. By signing the Vendor Compliance Certification Form and/or by accepting and fulfilling any order for products, you represent and warrant that you, your contractors, and subcontractors comply with all requirements in the Barnes & Noble Vendor Code of Conduct and the Vendor Compliance Certification Form, and that all products you supply to or manufacture for Barnes & Noble meet and will continue to meet any applicable laws, rules and regulations.

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Special Requirements Related to Certain Specific Product Categories

For all Children’s Products (which are defined as products intended primarily for children 12 years old or younger), Vendor shall ensure that:

  • All children’s products will comply with all applicable safety testing requirements including, but not limited to, American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) requirements for toy safety and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) requirements for lead content, lead paint and phthalate requirements.  
  • All children’s products will contain all requisite labeling and safety warnings, including, but not limited to, requisite CPSIA tracking information, which will be permanently affixed to the product.

For all Electronics Products, Vendor shall ensure that:

  • If required, Vendor has registered its products as covered electronic devices (each a “CED”) in all applicable states and will renew and maintain such registrations so long as Vendor supplies such CEDs to B&N for resale.
  • Vendor will provide to B&N adequate quantities of any materials or information required by law for retailers to distribute or share with consumers in connection with a sale of Vendor’s CEDs in any and all appropriate forms of media, including, but not limited to, Internet website links, notices or inserts affixed to or included with the product, and printed posters, flyers or brochures, as required.
  • If Vendor’s product is defined as a CED by the Public Resources Code of California Section 42463, Vendor will notify B&N in writing, so long as B&N will be carrying its product by April 1 of each year, that such product is a California CED, and Vendor shall also submit a copy of such notification letter to the California State Board of Equalization.  Such notification shall include the brand and type of CED and applicable fee category.
  • Immediate notification will be provided to B&N if Vendor’s CED registration status changes in any state.

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Product Certification Requirements

Barnes & Noble requires vendors to certify compliance for all manufactured or supplied children’s products and other regulated non-children’s products.

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Please refer to this page often for updates to the Vendor and Product Compliance program. Please make sure all appropriate personnel in your organization understand these requirements. Also, get answers to Product Compliance Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, you may send your queries to Compliance@bn.com.

Thank you in advance for your prompt return of the required certification.

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Product Compliance Department

Updated August 2011