Consumer Products Law Blog

CPSC Phthalate Meeting Set for Thursday March 12th

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a public meeting March 12 to discuss how the agency will administer and enforce section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that regarding phthalates in children’s products. Phthalates are a family of chemicals often used to...

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Consumer Product Recalls 101: Reporting Requirements (Part 1 of 5)

We’ve explained in earlier posts that the CPSIA increased the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall authority. This series of posts, titled Consumer Product Recalls 101 will explain what that means to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers. In this first part, I will outline self-reporting requirements....

Phthalate Ban – What’s In and What’s Out

The CPSC is requesting comments by March 12th regarding the scope of the Phthalate Ban under Section 108 of the CPSIA. See, CPSC Phthalate Draft Guidance . The Phthalate Ban went into effect on February 10, 2009. Under the ban, it is unlawful for any...

New toy safety standard issued by ASTM

ASTM issued an updated version of its toy safety standard, F963-08, on February 18, 2009. The prior version, F963-07, was identified in Section 106 of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act as a mandatory consumer product safety standard. The standard became mandatory under the CPSIA on...

Question of the Week #2

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...

Electronic Device Exception to CPSIA Lead Content Limit Rulemaking Update

Congress authorized the CPSC to establish alternative lead limits for electronic devices that cannot feasibly meet the 600 ppm lead content limit currently in effect for all children’s products. On February 12, 2009, the CPSC published an Interim Final Rule to provide certainty regarding exemptions...

CPSC Issues Press Release on Phthalate Ban

As of February 10, 2009, children’s toys and child care articles cannot contain more that 0.1% of six phthalates (DEHP, DBP,BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOPA) regardless of when they were manufactured. The CPSC said in a press that they will abide by a NY Federal...