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CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

11/20/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings CPSC Testing & Certification Rule Third-Party

CPSC Announces Largest Civil Penalty to Date for Alleged Failure to Timely Report

On October 28, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Baja Inc., and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C., agreed to pay a $4.3 million civil penalty to...more

11/6/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Product Safety Act CPSC Importers Manufacturers Manufacturing Defects Retailers

CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form

In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’s new monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall...more

10/14/2014 - Auction CPSC Facebook NAM Notice Requirements Product Recalls Social Media Trade Associations Twitter

CPSC Gets it Right: Unanimously Regulates High-Powered Magnet Sets Through New Safety Standard

We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and...more

9/26/2014 - CPSC Hazardous Substances Rare Earth Metals

CPSC Poised to Ban High-Powered Magnet Sets

Although the final rule currently under consideration by the CPSC sets a performance standard for magnet sets, the practical effect of the new safety standard will be a ban on the future sale or distribution of powerful rare...more

9/5/2014 - CPSC Enforcement Actions Rulemaking Process Zen Magnets

Are Airbnb Hosts Regulated by the CPSC? Short-Term Rental Properties May Require Compliance with Pool & Spa Safety Laws

In the wake of the tragic drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The...more

8/22/2014 - AirBnB CPSC Safety Precautions Swimming Pools

Senate Confirms Elliot Kaye as Chairman & Joe Mohorovic as Commissioner of the CPSC

Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elliot Kaye as the new CPSC Chairman and Joe Mohorovic as a new Commissioner of the agency. Once Kaye and Mohorovic are officially sworn in this week, the Commission will be fully...more

7/29/2014 - Administrative Appointments CPSC

Expect a New Chairman and Five Member CPSC Next Week

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on the Senate Floor (video clip below) that the Senate will consider and vote on the nominations of Elliot Kaye and Joe Mohorovic on Monday, July 28th. President...more

7/28/2014 - CPSC Nominations

House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief

The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more

7/17/2014 - Appropriations Bill CPSC Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Product Recalls Public Disclosure

CPSC Nominees Kaye, Mohorovic, and Adler Sent to Senate Floor for Confirmation Vote

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved three pending nominations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Committee approved Elliot Kaye as Chairman and Joe Mohorovic and...more

7/16/2014 - CPSC Nominations

CPSC to Hold its Annual Priorities Hearing on July 24th

Last week the CPSC formally announced it would be holding its annual “agenda and priorities” hearing at the CPSC on July 24th at 10am. The purpose and importance of this meeting is somewhat underappreciated in terms of the...more

7/9/2014 - CPSC Public Meetings

SawStop Stopped: Judge Dismisses Antitrust Lawsuit Against Table Saw Industry

On June 27, 2014, Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC. We previously wrote about this lawsuit and the need for companies and...more

7/8/2014 - Antitrust Litigation CPSC Policies and Procedures

Unredacted Company Doe (Ergobaby) Opinion Released

We previously wrote about the recent 4th Circuit decision that ordered the unsealing of a district court opinion siding with a manufacturer who challenged a product safety report the CPSC planned to post on its...more

6/23/2014 - Company Doe CPSC Ergobaby

No Quorum at Senate Nominations Hearing for CPSC’s Adler; Three CPSC Nominees Now Waiting for Committee Action

The CPSC’s Acting Chairman, Robert (Bob) Adler, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for his confirmation hearing this week along with four other nominees for various positions...more

6/16/2014 - CPSC Nominations

Confirmation Hearing for Commissioner Adler on June 11th

According to the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearings calendar, the committee will be holding a nominations hearing on June 11th at 2:30pm to “consider several nominations.” There are unconfirmed reports that the CPSC’s...more

6/9/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

6/4/2014 - CPSC Product Recalls

Check Your CAP: CPSC Releases Revised Monthly Progress Report Form for Recalls

The CPSC recently released a new monthly progress report form for companies conducting recalls with the agency. The revised form is in some respects better written than its predecessor and retains many of the old information...more

6/2/2014 - CPSC Product Recalls

Acting Chairman Adler Renominated for Second Term as Commissioner at the CPSC

In an unexpected move, President Obama announced this afternoon his intent to renominate current CPSC Acting Chairman, Robert Adler, to a second term at the agency. Acting Chairman Adler’s current term expires in October of...more

5/15/2014 - Barack Obama CPSC

CPSC Hits Pause on Final “Certificates of Compliance” Rule

In response to a written request from 32 trade associations and issues raised by 58 public comments, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) decided at its public meeting this morning that it will seek further public...more

5/7/2014 - CPSC Final Rules Proposed Amendments Public Comment

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

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