Burgess leads oversight of Consumer Product Safety Commission in subcommittee hearing
Monday, February 15, 2016
Posted by: Lauren Schoener-Gaynor
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) said on Wednesday that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should consider innovation in addition to consumer protections during an oversight hearing.
Burgess, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, is leading the subcommittee’s oversight of the CPSC ahead of the commission’s upcoming 2017 budget request.
The hearing featured testimony from both consumer advocates and industry stakeholders regulated by the CPSC, which aims to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury from consumer products. Current rules, voluntary standards and compliance processes were discussed.
“We must disrupt Washington,” Burgess said. “The innovation driven by the private sector cannot be replicated in the confines of the government. We need to protect the safety of the consumer, but our policies must also reflect forward thinking ideas that encourage innovation and job creation.”
The subcommittee’s oversight is geared to ensure that the CPSC protects consumers without unnecessarily disrupting job creation and new technology innovation.
Mark Fellin, the director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, testified that members of the trade group have taken CPSC input into account while revising product standards of the years.
“We believe in the collaborative nature of the process, and that the CPSC plays an important and vital role in that process,” Fellin said. “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. We remain concerned that CPSC staff not arbitrarily change language, placement or dynamic performance requirements within a standard without adequate justification.”