Toy Industry Input Requested on CPSC Staff Recommendations to Reduce the Cost of Third-Party Testing

September 13, 2012 | Following approval in August 2011 of the Amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (HR 2715), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a public call for comments soliciting ideas for limiting third-party testing costs.  In January, TIA submitted comments on behalf of the toy industry.  The CPSC has now issued its briefing package of staff recommendations. [View TIA summary of CPSC staff recommendations]

Under HR 2715, the CPSC is not obligated to implement any of the staff’s recommendations; the law only says that the Commission must seek ways to reduce the burdens.  There will be a public briefing on the staff package on September 19th with a Commission vote scheduled for October 3rd.  It is unclear at this time what direction the Commission will take on the staff recommendations, if any.

In a September 4th post on her blog, CPSC Commissioner Nord requested industry input on the package; she also indicated that she is interested in receiving suggested questions that industry would like to have asked of the staff during the upcoming briefing.  

TIA members are invited to submit questions directly to Commissioner Nord or to TIA’s Autumn Moore who will be consolidating the input received into an industry response that will be provided to the Commissioner prior to the briefing; all input provided to TIA will be submitted “on behalf of industry” with no direct attribution. 

Questions are requested no later than 5:00 pm (Pacific) on Monday, September 17th to amoore@toyassociation.org.

VIEW DOCUMENT:  TIA Summary of U.S. CPSC Staff Recommendations on Reducing the Cost of Third-Party Testing