September 24, 2017

On August 30, 2017, the CPSC Published a Final Rule that that Determines that Certain Plastics With Specified Additives Would Not Contain the Specified Phthalates Prohibited in Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles (16 CFR 1308)

DATES: The rule is effective on September 29, 2017

 Substance of the Rule:  Section 1308.2(a) specifies the plastics that the Commission has determined do not exceed the phthalates content limits with a high degree of assurance as that term is defined in 16 CFR part 1107

(b) Accessible component parts of children’s toys and child care articles made with the specified plastics, and specified additives, listed in paragraph (a) of this section are not required to be third party tested pursuant to section 14(a)(2) of the CPSA and 16 CFR part 1107.

(c) Accessible component parts of children’s toys and child care articles made with a plastic or additives not listed in paragraph (a) of this section that are plasticized or may contain phthalates are required to be third party tested pursuant to section 14(a)(2) of the CPSA and 16 CFR part 1107.

On August 8, 2017, The CPSC Published a Final Rule Amending Its FOIA Procedures. (16 CFR 1015)

DATES: The rule is effective on September 7, 2017

SUMMARY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a final rule to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. The final rule revises the rule to conform to the amendments of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (the 2016 FOIA) to the FOIA. The final rule also reflects changes in Commission procedures; updates Commission contact information, including current methods of submitting requests for records to the Commission; revises employee titles; and makes various technical changes and corrections.

On August 7, 2017 The CPSC Announced a Public Meeting to Hear Comments on Whether Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants Should be Banned as Hazardous Substances

DATES: The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., September 14, 2017. Requests to make oral presentations and the written text of any oral presentations must be received by the Office of the Secretary not later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 31, 2017

Additional Information: The CPSC received a petition from Earthjustice and the Consumer Federation of America asking that the CPSC initiate rulemaking to ban products containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants.  Joining in the petition were the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Women’s Association, Consumers Union, Green Science Policy Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, Kids in Danger, Philip Landrigan, M.D., M.P.H., League of United Latin American Citizens, Learning Disabilities Association of America, and Worksafe.

The Commission staff has prepared a briefing package on the issues.

On July 5, 2017, the CPSC Published a Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentations Regarding the NPR relating to the Proposed Safety Standard Addressing Blade Contact Injuries on Table Saws, (16 CFR 1245)

DATES: The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., August 9, 2017, in the Hearing Room, 4th Floor of the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. Requests to make oral presentations and the written text of any oral presentations must be received by the Office of the Secretary not later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 2, 2017

On June 13, 2017, the CPSC Published a Notice of a Recall Effectiveness Workshop to Take Place on July 25, 2017

DATES: The Workshop will take place at the CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, MD from 10:00am-3:00pm on July 25th. Those planning on attending should register by July 3, 2017.  Anyone wishing to suggest additional topics for discussion at the workshop should notify the CPSC by June 23, 2017.

Proposed Topics:

The workshop will have a group discussion of

  • what makes an effective recall,
  • how to measure success, and
  • common obstacles to success.

The plan is to then break into smaller groups for discussion of topics such as:

  • Communicating the hazard
    • challenges
    • possibility of different approaches for different demographics
    • evaluation of various communication channels
    • Statutory/regulatory framework and enhanced authorities
  • Consumer motivation
    • incentives
    • ways to improve consumers’ motivation to participate in recalls
    • challenges
  • In-store notification
    • types available
    • barriers to effectiveness
    • ways to improve effectiveness
  • Social media
    • current popular platforms
    • increasing effectiveness of posts about recalls
    • barriers to effective use
    • use of paid advertising on social media
  • Other forms of notice (push notifications, email, paid advertising, direct mail, etc.)
    • possible types of notification
    • what makes them effective
    • barriers to effectiveness
    • how to create direct mailing lists/ registrations
    • targeted notices (e.g., posters at pediatricians, community centers)