The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for Baby Changing Products.
Section 104(b) of the CPSIA, part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires the Commission to: (1) examine and assess the effectiveness of voluntary consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, in consultation with representatives of consumer groups, juvenile product manufacturers and independent child product engineers and experts; and (2) promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. Any standard the Commission adopts under this directive must be substantially the same as the applicable voluntary standard or more stringent, if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product.
The ASTM subcommittee on Changing Tables is still working through several important revisions to the standard, which were not complete in advance of the CPSC staff compilation and presentation of the briefing package to the Commission. As such, the proposed rule being considered by the Commission and the ASTM standard do not currently align.
JPMA encourages all members to carefully review the proposed rule and to submit comments before the closing date of December 13, 2016. JPMA will be submitting comments on behalf of the industry. Questions or discussions related to the ASTM standard or proposed rule can be direction to JPMA’s Director of Product Safety & Certification, Lisa Trofe.