Do I Qualify?

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All Made in USA Brand licensees meet the accreditation standards below through verification with our verification administrator GBQ Partners LLC or through self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims.

Accreditation Standards

The Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark accreditation is available to businesses based in the United States that self-certify they meet the accreditation standards below and agree to the terms of the Certification Mark Agreement with Made in the USA brand, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (“Licensor”) as well as compliance with all state and federal laws.

In order to be eligible to become a licensee member entitled to use the MADE IN USA Brand Self-Certified Marks below, a business or organization must meet all the following accreditation standards:

1. Have been operational (actively making or growing products or services) in the United States for at least the most recent 12 months, unless the principal(s) previously operated a similar business that was eligible to qualify for the Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark accreditation).

2. Either:

A.  Make or grow a product or service that is “all or virtually all” made in the United States in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that determine when a product may be advertised as Made in USA by virtue of being “all or virtually all” made in the U.S.

“All or virtually all” means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. Origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content. For more information, see the FTC web site.

Companies operating in California must additionally comply with California Business and Professions Code 17533.7, which states: “It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to sell or offer for sale in this State any merchandise on which merchandise or on its container there appears the words “Made in U.S.A.” “Made in America,” “U. S.A.,” or similar words when the merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof, has been entirely or substantially made, manufactured, or produced outside of the United States.”

B.  Make or grow a product or service that is eligible to make a qualified Made in USA claim containing a description of the extent, amount or type of a product’s domestic content or processing in accordance with applicable FTC laws and regulations. For more information, see the FTC web site.

Greater than 50% of the product’s total manufacturing costs can be assigned to U.S. parts and processing.

For example: “Made in USA of U.S. and imported parts”

Companies operating in California must additionally comply with California Business and Professions Code 17533.7, which states: “It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to sell or offer for sale in this State any merchandise on which merchandise or on its container there appears the words “Made in U.S.A.” “Made in America,” “U. S.A.,” or similar words when the merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof, has been entirely or substantially made, manufactured, or produced outside of the United States.”

3. Retain competent and reliable evidence to substantiate the claim or claims described in 2(A) or (B) above that its product or service is made in the U.S. in accordance with applicable FTC laws and regulations.

4. The product’s final assembly or processing must take place 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.

5. Fulfill any licensing and bonding requirements in all applicable jurisdictions.

6. Not be the subject of legal action or government enforcement action that demonstrates a significant failure to support the claim or claims described in 2(A) or (B) above or failure to adhere to ethical principles in marketplace transactions

7. Not be the subject of an unsatisfactory product rating from any applicable product or service rating company.

8. Agree in the online agreement that it meets the accreditation criteria and will continue to do so at all times it displays the  Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark and that the information provided is complete and accurate.

9. Pay an annual license fee. In consideration of the license granted to download and use the Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark on the Licensee’s products, marketing materials and web site, Licensee agrees to pay an annual license fee based upon Licensee’s gross annual revenue as follows:

  • Less than $500,000 – $250
  • More than $500,000 to $50 million – $500
  • More than $50 million to $500 million – $1,000
  • More than $500 million – $2,000

Ready to self-certify to use the Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark?
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How do I verify my Made in USA claim?
Contact Tom Powers, Verification Administrator, to schedule a complimentary consultation:
TPowers@gbq.com or (614) 947-5215

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