Matthew Howsare

Matthew Howsare

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Kaye & Mohorovic CPSC Confirmation Hearing Set for April 8th

The rumor is now confirmed. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation officially announced it will hold the confirmation hearing for CPSC Chairman nominee, Elliot Kaye, and Commissioner nominee, Joe...more

4/3/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings CPSC Nominations

Elliot Kaye Nominated as New Chairman of the CPSC

The long awaited announcement of a new CPSC Chairman is finally here. After more than a year of speculation and intrigue, the search ended right where it started today when President Obama announced that Elliot Kaye is his...more

3/28/2014 - CPSC Nominations

California Names First Consumer Products for Green Chemistry “Priority Products” List

Recently, we have informed our readers of product safety legislative and regulatory initiatives, including green chemistry programs, driven at the state level. One of these important state regulatory initiatives is...more

3/18/2014 - Chemicals Children's Products Green Chemistry

CPSC is Now Publicly Posting “Letters of Advice” to its Website

In his keynote address at the annual conference of the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO), Acting Chairman Adler announced that the agency had recently started posting what it calls “letters...more

3/14/2014 - Corrective Actions CPSC

CPSC Holding Third Party Testing Exemptions Workshop

The CPSC is voting soon on whether to hold a workshop to discuss potential ways to reduce third party testing costs through additional “determinations” that certain products or materials do not require third party testing....more

2/24/2014 - ASTM CPSC Exemptions Third-Party Risk

Bipartisan Letter from US Senators Casey & Toomey Joins 45 Others Critical of CPSC’s Changes to Voluntary Recalls

In a somewhat unusual development for a CPSC rulemaking, Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey submitted a bipartisan comment letter into the official administrative record for CPSC’s proposed voluntary...more

2/11/2014 - CPSC Product Recalls

Will the CPSC Provide Guidance for Compliance Programs?

As the February 4th commenting deadline for CPSC’s voluntary remedial actions rulemaking approaches, many companies and trade associations are pondering not only the wisdom of CPSC’s insertion of compliance programs into...more

1/29/2014 - Compliance CPSC Enforcement

CPSC Receives Full Funding Request for 2014

Although the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) authorized a budget of $136.4 million for CPSC in fiscal year 2014, Congress set the CPSC’s authorization levels years before the recent budget climate took...more

1/22/2014 - CPSC CPSIA EPA FDA Grants Swimming Pools

Large Retailer Fined for Violating Australia’s Product Safety Laws

At the end of December, Dimmeys, a large Australian discount department store, was fined approximately $3 million dollars by an Australian court for violating Australia’s federal product safety laws for the fifth time. The...more

1/3/2014 - Australia Children's Products Compliance Fines Retailers

CPSC Signs 10-Year Lease to Remain at Bethesda Headquarters

While the headquarters location of a federal agency may not seem highly newsworthy, a recent report that the CPSC has signed a new 10-year lease to remain at its current location in Bethesda, Maryland is very welcome news to...more

12/20/2013 - CPSC

Commissioner Adler is now the Acting Chairman of the CPSC

We first wrote about Chairman Tenenbaum departing the CPSC and Commissioner Bob Adler assuming the role of Acting Chairman back in October. Last week the CPSC issued a press release confirming that Commissioner Adler became...more

12/13/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings CPSC Nominations

Personalized Products Companies and the Consumer Product Safety Act

We have previously blogged about the sometimes difficult decision that companies face when classifying their products as “children’s” or “general-use” products and the uncertainty of predicting whether the Consumer Product...more

12/9/2013 - Children's Products Compliance CPSC Manufacturers Retailers

CPSC Adds Burden Reduction Work, ATV Study, and UL 250 Voluntary Standard Involvement to 2014 Operating Plan at Chairman...

CPSC’s November 20, 2013 Commission hearing started with an emotional farewell from Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and high praise from her fellow Commissioners for her dedication to consumers and the agency. I joined the Chairman’s...more

11/22/2013 - CPSC Hazardous Substances New Regulations Safety Precautions

New CPSC Proposal Would Reverse 39 Year Precedent by Making Voluntary Recall Agreements Legally Binding on Companies

Since the inception of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntary recall agreements between the agency and companies conducting a recall (commonly referred to as “corrective action plans”) have not been...more

11/14/2013 - CPSC Product Recalls

Former CPSC Chief of Staff Nominated for Republican Commissioner Vacancy at CPSC

Yesterday President Obama announced his intent to nominate Joseph P. Mohorovic as a Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed former Republican Commissioner Nancy...more

11/8/2013 - CPSC Nominations

Update: CPSC Shortens Comment Period on Voluntary Standards Amendment

We recently wrote about CPSC’s proposed amendment to its current limitations on CPSC staff’s participation in voluntary standards organizations. Under the proposed amendment, staff would be allowed to cast votes on voluntary...more

10/3/2013 - CPSC GAO Voluntary Standards

How Would CPSC Function During a Government Shutdown?

My experiences at CPSC during the 2011 and 2012 “shutdown showdowns” are hard to forget. We spent a considerable amount of time preparing for a potential shuttering of the agency because of the very strict nature of the...more

9/30/2013 - CPSC Government Shutdown

CPSC Voting Soon on Changes to Its Role in Voluntary Standards Activities

Last week, CPSC staff proposed an amendment to the agency’s current voluntary standards rule that would allow Commission employees to participate as voting members and to accept leadership positions in voluntary standard...more

9/10/2013 - CPSC GAO Proposed Amendments Voluntary Standards

Details that Matter – Personnel Changes in CPSC’s Offices of Compliance & Global Outreach

CPSC’s longtime Deputy Director of Compliance & Field Operations, Marc Schoem, is now leading the agency’s Office of Education, Global Outreach, and Small Business Ombudsman. Marc began a detail as the Director of the office...more

8/28/2013 - Compliance CPSC P3s Public-Private Partnerships

CPSC Approves $3.9 Million Penalty and Imposition of Compliance Program for National Retail Chain

A unanimous U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Ross Stores Inc. (“Ross”), a national discount retailer, agreed to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to report...more

7/17/2013 - Children's Products Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance CPSC Product Recalls Ross Stores Inc. Safety Precautions

Senate Confirms Two New CPSC Commissioners—What it Means for Them, You, and CPSC

On June 27th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marietta Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle as new CPSC Commissioners. Robinson was first nominated in 2012 and participated in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,...more

7/3/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings CPSC

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