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Business News : CPSC grants one year stay on testing for some products...
Posted by Ralyn on 2009/2/3 15:50:00 (2513 reads) News by the same author

CPSC grants one year stay on testing

Stay in effect until Feb. '10 on most, but not all products

-- Kids Today, 2/2/2009 7:19:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:

Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

1. The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008.
2.. The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009.
3. The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009.
4. The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.
5. Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and
Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

Read full article here:
http://www.kidstodayonline.com/article/CA6633911.html

For the Actual Updates please refer to CPCS web site:

The following new entries have been posted to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's web page on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 located at http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html in What's New:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html)

Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements - Draft Federal Register Notice, January 30, 2009 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/stayenforce.pdf)

Public Comments on Civil Penalty Criteria - Section 217(b)(2) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, January 22, 2009 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/civilpenalty.pdf)

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