SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 206/15

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has postponed the enforcement date for the proposed direct final rule clarifying lead in textiles and component part testing. The amendment will now be enforced starting 13 January 2016.

In October 2015, we informed [1] you that the CPSC published an amendment in the Federal Register clarifying two existing rules:

  • Which textile products have been determined not to exceed the 100 ppm lead content limits (16 CFR 1500.91(d)(7)) [2] and
  • When component part testing can be used (16 CFR part 1109) [3]

This proposed direct final rule would have been effective starting 14 December 2015 if adverse comments were not received by 13 November 2015.

On 19 November 2015, the CPSC published an amendment at 80 Federal Register 72342 [4] extending the comment period for this proposed direct final rule from 13 November 2015 to 14 December 2015. The potential effective date is now delayed until 13 January 2016. If significant adverse comments are received in the comment period, the CPSC will withdraw the direct final rule by publishing a notification in the Federal Register before the effective date.

Highlights of the amendment for the proposed direct final rule are summarised in Table 1.

Table 1

80 Federal Register 72342 of 19 November 2015

Amendment to Clarify When Component Part Testing Can be Used and Which Textile Products Have been Determined Not to Exceed the Allowable Lead Content Limits; Delay of Effective Date and Extension of Period

Authority Citation Clarification Parameter Proposed Effective Date Amended Proposed Effective Date
CPSC 16 CFR 1500.91(d)(7) Which textile products have been determined not to exceed 100 ppm lead 14 December 2015 13 January 2016

(unless a significant adverse comment is received by 14 December 2015)

16 CFR 1109 When component part testing can be used

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For enquiries, please contact:

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t: +852 2774 7420

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