Today the agency issued its final rule to define children’s products. While the final rule is miles ahead of the rule we received in late August (read my previous blog about the rule here), it is still miles behind where we should have been. After hours and hours of staff time in an attempt to come to an agreement on certain issues within the rule, we were still left scratching our heads and nowhere close to being together.
What we put out today is neither helpful, nor clear. Our attempt to define what is and is not a children’s product has left a vast expanse of ambiguity. This rule was not required by the CPSIA, instead we took it upon ourselves to provide guidance. It was put out with the best of intentions, but in my opinion, may cause more harm than good, confusing an already confused public. Safety was not advanced today. This rule should not have been adopted.
Read my statement on the vote here.