Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A conference committee has reached an agreement on a bill to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The House passed a reform bill in December 2007, and the Senate passed its own measure in March 2008. Differences between the two bills, however, forced a long conference period. A copy of the Conference Report is available here [pdf].
Consumer Reports highlights a few key features of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (H.R. 4040) including "the toy safety standard, for which compliance has been voluntary, will become mandatory," and "[t]oys and other children’s products will be required to be tested for safety by independent laboratories before they are sold."