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JPMA Testifies Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade

Wednesday, February 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

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Julie Vallese
jvallese@jpma.org

 

JPMA Testifies Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade
JPMA representative spoke before House and Subcommittee to address juvenile industry perspectives of the CPSC


Washington, DC – February 10, 2016 – Policy leaders and experts from the juvenile products industry, retail industry and special interest groups gathered today to participate in a Congressional hearing before The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Witnesses provided the Committee an industry perspective on its ongoing relationship with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The purpose of the hearing was to not only assist members of Congress in determining the CPSC’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, but to better understand how the CPSC is engaging with the private sector in regards to the development of voluntary standards, rules and the compliance processes.


Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Mark Fellin testified on behalf of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. His testimony addressed three priority issues for the JPMA; the Association’s relationship with the CPSC as it relates to Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. (CPSIA), more commonly referred to as the “104 rules;” CPSC staff involvement throughout the ASTM process; and industry concerns that the integrity of the ASTM Standard setting process be maintained as they relate to required Section 104 rules that are currently part of the Agency’s mandate and operating plan.

 Fellin explained in his opening statement, “As an industry, we personally understand the importance of ensuring that our children are safe in all environments and that parents and caregivers are educated about the importance of juvenile product safety and best practices when choosing and using products for their babies and children.”


An active participant in the ASTM process, a process in place for decades to form consensus standards for juvenile and other consumer products, Fellin shared industry perspective on the importance of the process and the need for open, honest and robust dialog and collaboration to continue in order to effectively advance safety and protect consumers.


“As part of this process, CPSC staff must better understand and appreciate the realities of implementing standards for the design and production of actual products,” said Fellin. “We remain concerned that CPSC staff not arbitrarily change language, placement or dynamic performance requirements within a standard without adequate justification.”


These comments echoed concern voiced to CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye by more than 30 individuals representing juvenile product manufacturers, independent consultants, supply chain stakeholders and consumer groups who participate in ASTM about the current state of the process and CPSC staff conduct. That letter sent on December 21, 2015 urged the Commission to delay implementation of any juvenile product rulemaking specific to product, package and instruction warnings until a consensus-based approved approach can be reached within the ASTM process.

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About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers.


Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products.


To find out more information about the JPMA Certification Program, the products certified and for a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit www.jpma.org. Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube and visit www.jpma.org to learn more about additional safety tips and other JPMA initiatives.


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