Parentgiving uses the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) standards, as described at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus03-complying-made-usa-standard. According to the FTC there are two basic types of “Made in the USA” claims: unqualified and qualified.
For a product to be called “Made in USA”, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. The term "United States," as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and possessions.
A qualified Made-in-USA claim describes the extent, amount or type of a product’s domestic content or processing; it indicates that the product isn’t entirely of domestic origin. Example: "60% U.S. content." "Made in USA of U.S. and imported parts." "Couch assembled in USA from Italian Leather and Mexican Frame."
Please visit the FTC web page reference above for more details and examples.
Parentgiving uses data from its suppliers (manufacturers and distributors) when displaying a Made-in-USA claim; if we show a claim on the product’s web page it is because the supplier has made the claim. Parentgiving does not audit its suppliers’ claims; we trust them to supply us with accurate claim data. Parentgiving has worked with its suppliers to review the FTC guidelines and supply product claim data, when appropriate, in one the following three formats:
- Unqualified Claim: the product web page will display “Made in the USA”
- Qualified Claim/Assembly-only: the product web page will display “100% Assembled in USA”
- Qualified Claim/Other: the product web page will display supplier-provided text of up to 100 characters