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President Obama Signs Consumer Product Safety Reform Bill Into Law

Date: 8/23/11

SILVER SPRING, MD – August 23, 2011 -- As reported earlier this month, President Obama has signed legislation to modify the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  The bill addresses several issues raised by the manufacturing industry such as: 

Lead Limit:  Includes an exclusion from lead content limits based on functional purpose, similar to Waxman-Rush legislation last year…..Includes categorical exclusions for ATVs, dirt bikes, bicycles and printed materials….Removes the lead limits for “used children’s products.”……Applies prospective limits from the point of manufacture.

3rd Party Testing:  Requires CPSC to seek public comment on ways to reduce burden and cost, specifically requesting information on redundancy with existing testing standards…..Includes testing exceptions for small batch manufacturers.

Phthalates Limit:  Includes an inaccessibility exclusion for phthalates.

Database:  Requires CPSC to stay publication for 5 additional days when the commission receives notice of materially inaccurate information…..Requires CPSC to attempt to get model/serial number or a photo of a product in question.

“SGMA believes these changes to the CPSIA law are a positive step in making compliance with the new product safety laws more reasonable and business friendly, while still protecting consumers from unsafe products,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s vice president of government relations.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.  More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com.

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