Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Update
Rittgers, Anna, The Small Business Advocate
Congress passed the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in response to several high-profile safety recalls of children's products. This law is one of the most important revisions to consumer product safety legislation since the 1971 creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It contains many enhanced product safety measures and standards, including lead testing requirements and phthalate bans, and imposes strict compliance deadlines and penalties for noncompliance on manufacturers, importers, and sellers of childrens' products.
Since the passage of CPSIA, the Office of Advocacy has heard from numerous affected small businesses complaining that the law and resulting regulations were confusing and overly burdensome. In April 2009, Advocacy issued comments in response to a CPSC notice of inquiry regarding Section 103 of the CPSIA. This provision of the law requires that manufacturers and importers of children's products place permanent, distinguishing labels on their products and pack- aging by August 14, 2009; these would enable both manufacturers and consumers to ascertain the spe- cific source of a children's product in instances of a consumer safety recall. …