Archive for June, 2011

New US Proposed Legislation Amending the CPSIA

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommitte on Commerce, Energy and Trade is expected to put forward soon to the House of Representatives new legislation that would amend the current CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). The new legislation is the ECADA (Enhancing CPSC Authority and Discretion Act), or H.R. 1939. The draft legislation’s objectives are to: reduce the regulatory burdens created by CPSIA where possible to do so without harming consumers; to enhance the Consumer Production Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ability to investigate complaints and to prioritize based on risk; and, to improve the utility and accuracy of information in the CPSC’s public database.

Some (not all) notable proposed changes are the following:
• Revises the lead limits to apply the existing step-down from 0.03 percent to 0.01 percent lead content to products that are intended primarily for children 6 and under and that can be mouthed.
• Postpones the step-down to 0.01 percent for one year (August 2012).
• Makes the step-down to 0.03 percent and 0.01 percent prospective, permitting sell-through of existing, legally-compliant inventory. This change alone would have a significant impact on second-hand stores and their ability to sell used items.
• Makes existing phthalate limits applicable only to accessible, plasticized component parts and gives CPSC flexibility to exempt products from the phthalate prohibition.
• Creates Commission authority to exempt products or classes of products from the tracking label requirements where compliance is not practicable and permits the Commission to create alternative tracking label requirements for exempted products.

Insight Labs will keep you updated as these new proposals make their way through the legislative process.
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New EN71-1 Standard Published

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The new Toy Safety Directive for Europe goes into effect July 20, 2011. New provisions under this directive have been included in the newly released version of EN71-1 (physical and mechanical standards for toys). Several changes from the previous version of EN71-1 exist in the areas of soft-filled toys, mouth-actuated toys, cords on toys, hemispheric and cylindrical packaging, inflatable toys, and warnings.

In the area of warnings, in particular, the new version requires that they must be visible to the consumer at the time of purchase. The applies to online and catalog sales in addition to point of purchase sales. A warning label must be preceded by the word “Warning.” This must be done even if the graphical symbol for warning is already being used. For more detailed information about the above mentioned changes to the EN71-1 standard, please contact us at info@insightlabs.com