Late Breaking Changes to the CPSIA: The CPSC Grants Additional Stay for Portions of Lead Requirements

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The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) represented a major overhaul of consumer product safety rules and is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”). Since its enactment in August 2008, there has been a flurry of clarifications and refinements with respect to the exacting requirements of the CPSIA. Last week was no exception.

February 11, 2011 was supposed to be the expiration date for the CPSC’s stay of enforcement of testing and certification requirements for lead content in children's products. Instead, it was announced last week that manufacturers and private labelers of children's products will have another ten months, until December 31, 2011, to meet the strenuous requirements.

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