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More Time for Input on Reducing Third-Party Testing Costs for Children’s Products

Monday, May 19, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reopened through July 16 the period for submitting comments or information on potential ways to reduce the costs of third-party testing of children’s products. The CPSC held a workshop on this issue April 3 and had requested input by April 17 but is now allowing more time for interested parties to collect and submit additional data from material manufacturers and test laboratories.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 generally requires that children’s products that are subject to a CPSC children’s product safety rule be tested by a third-party, CPSC-accepted laboratory for compliance with applicable CPSC rules. Congress subsequently directed the CPSC to seek comment on opportunities to reduce the cost of third-party testing requirements consistent with assuring compliance with any applicable consumer product safety rule, ban, standard or regulation. The input now being gathered will be considered for any potential future determinations that certain materials, irrespective of their manufacturing origin or manufacturing process, comply with the applicable content or solubility limits of applicable children’s product safety rules with a high degree of assurance, without requiring third-party testing.

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