Monday, March 9, 2009

GR Roundup: CPSC Public Meeting, Update on Phthalates, and More!

The fallout from the CPSIA continues:

First, there is a public meeting this Thursday (March 12) from 1-5 p.m. at CPSC headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. The event is open to the public, but you must register online in advance. The meeting topic is Section 108 of the CPSIA, which is the section that addresses phthalates. If you're planning to go shoot me an e-mail and let me know.

Additionally, the CPSC is seeking public comments on its draft guidance on which children's products are subject to Section 108 of the CPSIA. If you remember, the Act itself has some ambiguity regarding what constitutes a children's product and CPSC is attempting to clarify what falls under the phthalates ban. You can read the draft guidance in the above link. Comments are due March 25 and should be e-mailed to the CPSC or e-mailed to IAAPA for inclusion.

Finally, the IAAPA Games Committee recently presented me with a list of questions regarding the CPSIA compliance. The answers can be found on our web site and will (hopefully) help you craft your businesses' compliance strategy. Thanks to the committee for coming up with such good, broad-based questions.

If you haven't done so already, please let us know how you're adjusting to these new laws. The more concrete information we have, the easier it is for us to have serious discussions with regulators.

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