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CPSC Reviewing Information Collections on Infant Walkers, Conformity Assessment Bodies

Friday, April 19, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through June 18 on the proposed three-year extension of information collections associated with infant walkers and the registration of conformity assessment bodies.

Infant Walkers. The safety standard for infant walkers that became effective Dec. 21, 2010, contains requirements for marking, labeling and instructional literature that fall within the definition of information collections. For example, labels must include the name and place of business (city, state and mailing address, including zip code) and/or telephone number of the manufacturer, importer, distributor or seller as well as a code mark or other means that identifies the date (month and year, at a minimum) of manufacture. Infant walkers must also be provided with easy to read instructions regarding assembly, maintenance, cleaning and use.

Conformity Assessment Bodies. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires testing to be conducted by a third-party conformity assessment body for any children’s product that is subject to a children’s product safety rule before that product may be imported for consumption, warehousing or distribution in commerce. The CPSIA allows accreditation of third-party conformity assessment bodies to be conducted by either the CPSC or an independent accreditation organization designated by the CPSC. To assess a third-party conformity assessment body’s qualifications for acceptance, the CPSC uses an online form, CPSC Form 223, to gather information related to location, accreditation and ownership. Under a recent final rule that will become effective June 10, CPSC Form 223 will also be used to collect information (a) whenever there is a change to accreditation or ownership information and (b) at least every two years as part of a regular audit process.

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