JUNE 25, 2012



Congressional appropriations committees listed numerous projects for CPSC in two fiscal 2013 budget bills.

CPSC’s June 20 hearing on its fiscal 2014 agenda and priorities touched on a wide list of products and concerns on the minds of stakeholders, but commissioners’ questions gave some indication of where their interests lie.

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Commissioners are slated to vote by June 26 on the final rule to amend the CPSIA testing and certification regulations related to representative samples.

Commissioner Robert Adler June 19 queried upholstered furniture stakeholders about changing designs.

The ASTM F15.21 subcommittee on hand-held infant carriers met June 18 to address proposed revisions to F2050, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Hand-Held Infant Carriers.

CPSC staff and ASTM June 21 discussed revisions to sling carrier labeling requirements as part of a review of F2907, Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers.

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Following a series of recent incidents involving bassinets, CPSC staff met on June 21 with the ASTM bassinet stability task group to discuss revisions to ASTM F2194, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) June 15 said its risk assessment committee (RAC) could not find data to support a proposed ban of four phthalates from certain products.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) seeks comments by September 19 on ten new priority substances for inclusion on the REACH Authorisation List.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) seeks comments by December 19 on a proposed restriction of a chemical used in some air fresheners and toilet blocks.

Health Canada June 20 issued a comprehensive guide to common hazards that children face.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association June 13 expressed concern that CPSC is proceeding on a play yard action without proper notice and comment.

A report by CPSC and other agencies, made available June 20, describes research on smoke alarms.

Commissioners voted 4-0 June 19 to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to revoke rules for cap guns that staff deem obsolete and duplicative.

CPSC is set to launch a 75-day comment period on likely changes to its regulations related to animal testing.

Commissioner Robert Adler, June 14 in Roll Call, urged increased attention to product safety risks and other injury issues for people age 65 or older.

Commissioner Nancy Nord June 19 on her blog described input she recently received about the effects and costs of regulations.

Kids in Danger (KID) June 20 called on CPSC to determine if high powered magnets sold as amusement devices for teens and adults are correctly age graded.

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) June 18 directed revision of regulations involving flame retardants, specifically pointing to concerns related to upholstered furniture.

Briefs on CPSC vice-chair, crib bumpers, bouncers/walkers, air movers/blowers, celing mounted light fixtures, outdoor wall mounted lanterns, strollers.

Briefs on range tops, mouth protectors, dish washers, gates, pole vaults, tents, air conditioners, electric room heaters, electrochemical capacitors, flexible materials, gypsum boards and panels, lamp ballasts, outlet boxes, electric fans.

Briefs on personal care, exposure scenarios, SVHCs, Chesar, ECHA, CHL, wiring, bicycles, cookware, heaters, dumbbells, battery chargers, urns, extension cords, kettles.