SGIA asked for your help and as a result the CPSC voted to extend the stay of enforcement on third party testing for lead content until December 31, 2011.
This extension is critical as it will allow the agency more time to complete two very important proposals — the component testing proposed rule and the testing and certification proposed rule. So that manufacturers have a clear understanding of their responsibilities, both these rules need to be in place before the stay of enforcement is lifted.
Commissioner Nancy Nord played a pivotal role in extending the stay from the originally proposed date of September 24, 2011 to December 31st. She stated that “While I would have preferred to specifically tie the lifting of the stay to the issuance of these rules, the December date gives everyone—the agency and manufacturers–a bit more time to prepare.”
The stay of enforcement does not relieve anyone from complying with the underlying lead regulations and unless Congress changes the law, the testing requirement will go into effect at the end of December.
Regarding the phthalate testing issues, the phthalate testing is stayed until the CPSC finishes lab accreditation standards for this requirements.
Thank you to each and every one who responded to the Printers Action Committee’s Call to Action! Your voice was heard and a difference was made!
Submitted by Marci Kinter