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Amended Consumer Product Safety Law: Addresses Claims of Inaccuracy in Public Database Reports and Potential Exemptions from Testing Requirements

August 31, 2011

On August 12, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2715, which amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  A concurrently issued White House Press Release said the new law “provide[s] the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion to implement current law without overburdening certain manufacturers.”  The amendments to the 2008 CPSIA address the CPSC’s public database, lead limit requirements, phthalates testing, tracking labels, third party testing, exemptions for small manufacturers and CPSC subpoena power. …