— The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 2-0 to issue a one-year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.
The vote provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements that go into effect on Feb. 10, 2009, for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm) and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers - large and small - of children's products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, CPSC officials explained, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.
The commission said the stay gives its staff more time to finalize four proposed rules that could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing, and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted. The stay will remain in effect until Feb. 10, 2010, at which time a commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.
The stay does not apply to the ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings, effective for products made after Dec. 21, 2008; the ban on small parts, effective for products made after Feb. 15, 2009; and limits on lead content of metal components in children's jewelry, effective for products made after March 23, 2009.