Crunch Time at the CPSC

We all know about crunch time—when it becomes apparent that projects are getting backed up and everyone is going to have to work like dogs to try to get the work done. Well, as summer fades and autumn beckons from around the corner, it’s crunch time at the CPSC. While no one can be certain (because deadlines can get pushed in any bureaucracy), based on our FY13 Operating Plan and the Mid-year Update, here are some of the issues I anticipate will soon be hitting our desks for decisions:

  • Final Rule on rare earth magnets;
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the CPSC staff’s role in voluntary standards committees;
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on voluntary recalls;
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for § 1101 with changes related to §6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) about public disclosure of information obtained under CPSA;
  • Final Rule for § 1110 Certificates of Conformity; and
  • Operating Plan for Fiscal Year 2014 (which begins October 1st).

We will have busy times ahead with important regulatory issues. Get ready to comment, participate, and track where appropriate.

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1 Response to “Crunch Time at the CPSC”


  1. 1 Jeff Haymond September 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I notice your discussion of the rare earth magnets. There was an interesting article in the WSJ yesterday suggesting you all on the CPSC have a vendetta against the former owner of Buckyballs (which used rare earth magnets). The article suggested even though the business is shut down, you are personally trying to go after the owner since he publicly campaigned against you. Can you give me your reaction to this article? I am very troubled by the leadership of the CPSC if this is true:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324108204579023143974408428.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop


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