HOUSE AND SENATE AGREE ON FINAL VERSION OF CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY BILL

The U.S. House and Senate have agreed on the final version of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The conference report must still be passed by both the House and Senate and enacted by the President prior to coming into effect. The final provisions that were approved are listed below.

  • Third-party testing: testing of certain children’s toys 
  • Mandatory toy standards: ASTM Standard F963-07 to become interim standard 
  • Criminal penalties: CPSC authorized to seek asset forfeiture as a penalty for criminal violations
  • Formaldehyde in textiles/apparel: Study to be conducted on the use of formaldehyde in textile/apparel manufacturing
  • Phthalates: sale of children’s toys or child care articles containing more than 0.1% di-(2 ethylhexyl) phthalates, dibutyl phthalates, or benzyl butyl phthalates will be permanently prohibited, while other phthalates will be prohibited pending review.
  • All-terrain vehicles (ATV): Safety standards to make it unlawful to import or distribute a non-compliant ATV.
  • Whistleblowers protections 
  • CPSC funding

To view the previously approved provisions click on the following link. 
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008