House Proposes Bill To Revise CPSIA
May 24, 2011
A House of
Representatives subcommittee has proposed legislation that would amend the
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The bill, which was
introduced by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing
and Trade, would limit some of the lead limits allowable in children's toys, as
well as reduce some of the testing and labeling rules in place in the current
incarnation of the CPSIA law. The new proposal also aims to limit the scope of
products governed by the CPSIA to items meant for children six and under
(rather than the current age of 12), and which can be swallowed or put in kids'
are taking an important first step toward making the CPSIA the kind of truly
landmark legislation it was originally intended to be," said committee
chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA). "When CPSIA was signed into law in 2008, it
modernized and strengthened the Consumer Product Safety Commission in many
different and meaningful ways. It was also the first significant reform of the
CPSC in nearly two decades."
proposal aims to make the law reduce some of the testing burdens that have been
placed on American businesses, while also ensuring consumers that the products
they purchase are safe. "While CPSIA has many virtues, there are some
unintended consequences of the law as well," said Mack. "Over the
past four months, we have carefully reviewed the provisions which have turned
out to be 'overreaching,' and today we are offering legislation to fix them.
Admittedly, this is a careful balancing act, but even the Consumer Product
Safety Commission has recognized the problems with CPSIA and requested greater
flexibility in implementing the new law."
has passed a subcommittee voice vote, and is now scheduled to be considered by
the full Energy and Commerce Committee this week. To read the complete text of
the bill, click here.