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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 [...]
9 Days and Counting…

9 Days and Counting…

In just nine days, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officially launches its Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database on SaferProducts.gov. The database, which was mandated by Congress as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314), has been the subject of much debate since its inception, and even more so as the March 11 launch looms imminent. The well-intentioned purpose of the database is to provide consumers with 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 [...]
The CPSC Public Database is Coming…

The CPSC Public Database is Coming…

On May 24, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a publicly available consumer product safety information database. When it goes live on SaferProducts.gov in 2011, the database will provide a mechanism for consumers to provide the CPSC with reports of harm involving consumer products. Submitters would be required to identify such harm and the product involved by manufacturer name and model, provide a description of incident, 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 [...]
Social Media and Product Safety

Social Media and Product Safety

This fall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched "CPSC 2.0," a comprehensive social networking initiative designed to harness the phenomena of social media to provide consumers with important product and life safety information.  According to CPSC Chairman Inez Moore Tenenbaum, "Through social media, CPSC can directly reach millions of the moms, dads and others who need our safety information the most." Consumers can find information on product and Read more [...]
A Year in the Life of the CPSC

A Year in the Life of the CPSC

On August 14, 2008, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the the CPSC. At the time, the CPSC was operating with a two-member quorum comprised of one Republican appointee, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and one Democratic appointee, Commissioner Thomas Moore.  The small agency had fallen under attack for failing to fulfill its mission to protect the American people, Read more [...]
CPSC Getting Bigger Muscles

CPSC Getting Bigger Muscles

Earlier this week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Inez Moore Tenenbaum, former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, to serve as the new chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  In the same announcement, the president indicated he also is nominating Robert S. Adler, a professor of legal studies at the University of North Carolina and a former congressional aide and advisor to the CPSC, to serve as a commissioner. The CPSC came under fire last Read more [...]
CPSC announce recall of counterfeit circuit breakers

CPSC announce recall of counterfeit circuit breakers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) last week issued a recall on counterfeit circuit breakers sold by the distributor Specialty Lamp International Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Florida.  The Counterfeit Circuit Breakers are labeled as “Square D” and approximately 371,000 have been distributed.  They may fail to trip when they are overloaded and pose a fire hazard to consumers.  The CSPC announcement provides information to identify the counterfeit circuit breakers. The Read more [...]