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Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

It’s likely you have heard the story of the Bionic Wrench.  If not, it was the creation of an industrial designer who had the misfortune of having it picked up by a large retailer.  After a brisk first year of holiday sales, the retailer decides it would design a reasonable knockoff to sell under its own brand name at a lower cost using a foreign manufacturer to produce it, all at the behest of obscure financial analyst.  Fortunately for the retailer, designing knockoffs of existing mechanical Read more [...]
The Increasing Relevance of a Formerly Little-Noticed Agency

The Increasing Relevance of a Formerly Little-Noticed Agency

It has been nearly four years since enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA; Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to enhance the authority and resources of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and nearly one year since enactment of HR 2715 (Public Law 112-28), legislation to "fix" some of the problems inherent in CPSIA. In that time, the CPSC has gone from a little-noticed agency to one that is in the thick of things, promulgating Read more [...]
Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Support US Jobs and Oppose Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs.  The National Electrical          Manufacturers Association (NEMA) strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it.  The amendment Read more [...]
CPSC Public Database – Useful, or Ripe for Misuse?

CPSC Public Database – Useful, or Ripe for Misuse?

In May 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a proposed rule to establish a Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database. The database, which will be populated by consumer-submitted “reports of harm” on alleged incidents or risks of injury, illness, or death resulting from the use of a consumer product, was mandated by Congress and is expected to “go live” at SaferProducts.gov in March 2011.  CPSC accepted public comments on Read more [...]
CPSC – The Little Agency that Could

CPSC – The Little Agency that Could

This week I am attending the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.  ICPHSO is an "organization dedicated to addressing health and safety issues related to consumer products marketed globally," and this conference brings together multiple stakeholders - including government, manufacturers, importers, retailers, certification/testing laboratories, law firms, academia, standards writing organizations, Read more [...]
Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a comprehensive set of reforms designed to respond to the recent economic crisis.  H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, creates a new federal agency (Consumer Financial Protection Agency) tasked with regulating financial products and protecting consumers from unfair and abusive financial products and services.  As proposed, the CFPA would have broad regulatory authority over the financial products and services Read more [...]