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From Products Liability Law Daily, April 19, 2013

NOTICES—CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS: CSPC Seeks Data Collection Approval for Third-Party Testing Registration Forms

By Joseph Bichl

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is requesting comments on a proposed three-year extension of approval of information collection regarding a form used to evaluate whether third-party conformity assessment bodies, or testing labs, meet the requirements to test children’s products for safety compliance (CPSC Notice, 78 FR 23545, April 19, 2013). The Office of Management and Budget previously approved the data collection, which will expire on July 31, 2013.

Background. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires third-party testing be conducted by a third-party testing laboratory for any children’s product that is subject to children’s product safety rules before the product can be marketed and sold to consumers. Accreditation of a third-party testing labs can be determined by CPSC or an independent accreditation organization designated by the Commission. CPSC currently uses an online collection form (CPSC Form 223) to gather information from third-party conformity assessment bodies voluntarily seeking acceptance by CPSC.

Final rule. The Commission recently published a final rule regarding the requirements for third-party conformity assessment bodies. Under the rule, CPSC requires the collection of information in CPSC Form 223 on receipt of an initial application by the third-party testing lab for acceptance by CPSC, whenever there is a change to accreditation or ownership information and at least every two years as part of a regular audit process.

Comments must be received on or before June 18, 2013.

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