A couple of days ago, a very interesting document was put up on the CPSC web site and I want to draw your attention to it. It is a proposed guidance document on testing and certification requirements under the CPSIA. It discusses such topics as component testing, periodic testing and reasonable testing.
The Commission will be briefed by the staff on this proposed guidance today, November 9, 2009, at 1 pm EST and the briefing will be webcast. Please see the CPSC website for details. Bottom line is this: we know these issues are incredibly complex. We need as much input as we can get as we struggle with writing guidance and later regulations that protect consumers and work for product manufacturers and sellers.
On November 10, the commissioners will be briefed on progress in establishing a public data base of complaints received about consumer products. A consumer complaint database is another requirement of the CPSIA. Information about this briefing is also available on the website. While the purpose of the database is to get useful information to consumers, there is the real potential that incomplete and inaccurate information in the data base could mislead consumers and result in abusive litigation against product sellers. Again, your input will be informative as we move forward with this database.
I have found the comments responding into this blog to be very useful as I consider the many policy issues coming before the Commission. Again, thank you all for taking the time to comment. Please know that we are doing our best under difficult circumstances to implement this law in as sensible a way as possible.