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CPSC Seeks Input on New Testing Process

Published October 9, 2008

BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission is soliciting ideas on how best to facilitate a new third-party testing requirement for children’s products, which includes bicycles.

Starting Nov. 12, manufacturers will be required to issue a certificate showing that the product complies with the rules laid out in the new Consumer Product Safety Information Act.

The Commission is requesting comments on the use of electronic certificates, versus paper, and the issue of multiple certificates for the same product.

At two recent CPSC public meetings, participants raised issues concerning the difficulty of providing paper certificates to accompany shipping containers and the products inside and furnishing paper to each distributor or retailer of the product. Concerns were also raised about multiple certifications for the same product.

The Commission staff is interested in comments regarding how the certificates for products distributed by domestic manufacturers or imported from foreign manufacturers can be made available to the CPSC for inspection, electronically or otherwise, taking into account timing and cost; how certificates, electronic or paper, can accompany the shipment of products so that they can be available for immediate inspection and can be tied to specific shipments of products; how certificates for the products should be furnished to the distributors or retailer of the product, electronically or otherwise; comments or concerns regarding the provision of either a paper or electronic certificate accompanying products; and comments or concerns regarding multiple certifications by a foreign manufacturer, importer and/or private labeler for the same product.

Comments to the Office of Secretary should be submitted by Oct. 29 and may be filed by email to cpsc-os@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be filed by fax to (301) 504-0127 or by mail to Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. Comments should be captioned “Section 102 Certificate Requirements.”

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