Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stay No More

As many of you are aware, on December 31, 2011, the CPSC will lift its stay of enforcement on the requirement that most children’s products be third-party tested and certified for compliance with lead, phthalates and/or ASTM F 963 toy safety standards.

As a result, over three years after passage of the CPSIA, children’s product manufacturers and importers will begin to bear the greatest burden imposed by the Act. As I have argued in the past, it has become increasingly clear to most that third-party testing will impose enormous costs without a proportionate justifying benefit, and that the CPSC’s exercise of new enforcement authority and cooperation with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is a better and more cost-effective approach to ensuring the safety of children’s products sold in the United States.

I want to share with you a recent article I wrote for the BNA Toxics Law Reporter entitled, “The Best Approach to Ensuring the Safety of Children’s Products Sold in the United States.” I hope you find it both interesting and insightful.

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