CPSC Introduces the Regulatory Robot
Friday, April 22, 2016
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick
Earlier this year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in an effort to assist product manufacturers' understanding of the regulatory requirements of the CPSC, unveiled what it calls the Regulatory Robot. The new tool is designed to take manufacturers through a step-by-step process that in the end provides the user with a report detailing the regulatory requirements for their product.
Using CPSC’s Regulatory Robot, manufacturers are asked a series of questions about their company and its products. With each step helpful links to definitions and product categories are provided to help the user understand how best to answer specific questions and what may apply to their product. The final report includes links to applicable federal regulations, CPSC internal guidelines, information about third-party testing requirements and guidelines on reporting obligations and recall information.
"Our Regulatory Robot is yet another example of the Commission making it even easier for businesses of all sizes to understand the steps they need to take to comply with our safety requirements,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “We truly believe that most companies want to do the right thing, and now they have another effective tool to help them stay on the right side of the law.”
Users of the Regulatory Robot should not have concerns about maintaining privacy. The tool does not ask for company information and there is no record kept by the government of the final report. The CPSC does, however, caution that this is a tool to help guide the user to better understand regulatory requirements and should not be viewed as a legal documents, and suggests it’s probably a good idea to seek outside legal counsel to understand how to meet all the required obligations.
Click here for more information about the CPSC Regulatory Robot.