Consumer Products Law Blog

CPSC Staff Approves Composite Testing for Lead Paint

The CPSC staff has approved use of a composite test procedure for the analysis of lead in paint and other similar surface coatings. While the test procedure is not mandatory and does not change existing accreditations for compliance with the lead paint standard, the new...

Question of the Week #5

NEW TO OUR BLOG – A FEATURE WE CALL OUR QUESTION OF THE WEEK We will be putting up a consumer product safety question each week or so. The answers will be forthcoming the following week along with a new question. Check back frequently and...

Proposed Bill – FDA to Regulate Tobacco

Proposed Bill – FDA to Regulate Tobacco The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) on April 2, 2009. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration. The FSPTCA would amend current FDA laws to provide...

CPSIA – TRACKING LABEL REQUIREMENTS

CPSIA – TRACKING LABEL REQUIREMENTS The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires manufacturers to add tracking labels on all children’s products (products designed or intended primarily for children 12 and under). Section 103 of the law provides for permanent, distinguishing marks on...

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Science Behind Phthalate Ban Called Into Question by NPR

National Public Radio examined the science behind the phthalate ban contained in the CPSIA and concluded that “public concern, not science, prompts the plastics ban.” The April 1, 2009, broadcast and accompanying article include an interview with Dr. Marilyn Wind, Deputy Associate Executive Director for...

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CPSC Staff Critique of CPSIA Requirements

On March 20, 2009, CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord provided Representative John Dingell with a detailed assessment and critique of CPSIA implementation requirements. In a politically-savvy move, Nord herself contributed only a cover letter to the memorandum which was prepared and signed by the most...

Question of the Week #4

NEW TO OUR BLOG – A FEATURE WE CALL OUR QUESTION OF THE WEEK We will be putting up a consumer product safety question each week. The answers will be forthcoming the following week along with a new question. Check back frequently and let us...

California Local Air District Adopts Consumer Products Rule

The South Coast Air Quality Management District recently joined the growing list of government entities seeking to regulate consumer products. On March 6th, the District’s Board voted 12-0 to adopt a rule limiting the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in consumer paint thinners and...

Question of the Week #3

NEW TO OUR BLOG – A FEATURE WE CALL OUR QUESTION OF THE WEEK We will be putting up a consumer product safety question each week. The answers will be forthcoming the following week along with a new question. Check back frequently and let us...