CPSC Eases Hazardous Product Reporting, Communication
Largely in response to requests and feedback from businesses and trade associations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission launched this week two new features to the SaferProducts.gov business portal. This consumer product safety information database was launched in March and as of Oct. 31 contained more than 4,100 consumer product-related reports.
First, CPSC has made available a new online form that allows manufacturers, private labelers and importers to quickly submit required reports of potentially hazardous or defective products. Second, all registered manufacturers, importers and private labelers identified in incident reports will now receive notices electronically, regardless of whether the report is eligible to be published on SaferProducts.gov. Previously, businesses could only receive SaferProducts-eligible reports electronically and others were sent by postal mail.
CPCC states that with these changes “the structure has been put in place to eventually allow businesses registered in the Business Portal to add brand names for products they sell or have sold” along with the time periods during which each brand was sold. This information will help CPSC more easily contact the appropriate business when a report about a product is submitted to SaferProducts.gov.