May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

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What’s Happening at the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chair Ann-Marie Buerkle recently released an update regarding CPSC’s current projects, some of which involve stakeholder participation.

Mid-Year Adjustments

The Commission has approved its FY 2017 Mid-Year Review and Proposed Operations Plan Adjustments. Top priority has been given a project concerning improving the safety of lithium ion batteries. In addition, the Regulatory Robot project, which provides information to the regulated community about CPSC regulations, will be updated and improved. The CPSC’s e-filing study – which aims to discover the value of different types of information for assisting the Office of Import Surveillance in targeting products and shipments at import – is also moving forward.

CPSC will also be holding a public hearing on its priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2019. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Help for CPSC on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

The CPSC put out a request for information on ways to reduce burdens and costs of existing rules, regulations, or practices. CPSC is interested in hearing any and all ideas, big or small, that might help ease regulatory burdens, including comments on third party testing, eliminating or updating a rule, changing a practice, and providing guidance.

Comments on how to reduce regulatory burdens may be submitted electronically. The deadline is September 30, 2017.

Recall Effectiveness Workshop

On Tuesday, July 25, CPSC will hold a workshop to explore and develop proactive measures that CPSC and stakeholders can take to improve recall effectiveness. The workshop will be held in the Hearing Room at CPSC’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD from 9 a.m.  to 3 P.m.

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