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Product Safety Database Information Collection Under Review

Friday, August 19, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through Oct. 18 on the proposed extension of approval of a collection of information used to populate the publicly searchable database of consumer product safety information. There are four components to this collection: reports of harm, manufacturer comments, branding information and the Small Batch Manufacturer Registry.

Reports of Harm. Reports of harm communicate information regarding an injury, illness or death, or any risk of injury, illness or death, relating to the use of a consumer product. Reports can be submitted to the CPSC by consumers; local, state or federal government agencies; health care professionals; child service providers; public safety entities; and others. Reports may be submitted on the CPSC Web site, via a CPSC call center, or by email, fax or mail using the incident report form. Reports may also originate as a free-form letter or email.

Manufacturer Comments. A manufacturer or private labeler may submit a comment related to a report of harm after the CPSC transmits the report to the manufacturer or private labeler identified in the report. A manufacturer may request that the Commission designate information in a report of harm as confidential. Any person or entity reviewing a report of harm or manufacturer comment, either before or after publication in the database, may request that all or part of the report or comment be excluded from the database because it contains materially inaccurate information.

Branding Information. Using the business portal, registered businesses may voluntarily submit branding information to assist the CPSC in correctly and timely routing reports of harm involving their products to them. Brand names may be licensed to another entity for use in labeling consumer products manufactured by that entity. The CPSC’s understanding of licensing arrangements for consumer products ensures that the correct manufacturer is timely notified regarding a report of harm.

Small Batch Manufacturers Registry. The business portal also contains the SBMR, which is the online mechanism by which small batch manufacturers can identify themselves to obtain relief from certain third-party testing requirements for children’s products. To register as a small batch manufacturer a business must attest that its income level and the number of units of the covered product manufactured for which relief is sought both fall within the statutory limits to receive relief from third-party testing.

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