A Sept. 11 meeting for industry professionals to hear about and discuss the impact of the new federal law on product safety has been opened to SNEWS® full-access subscribers at no charge.
Access can be gained to the meeting, sponsored by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, by using the special SNEWS-only code in the comment box when you register: SNEWS – CPSC
President Bush signed into law on Aug. 14 the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which includes increased funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), bans on certain harmful chemicals in children's products, broader enforcement powers for State Attorney Generals, higher fines for violations, third-party testing of products, and the creation of a national on-line database to report and track product safety concerns.
The CPSC will get a significant increase in funding -- receiving $626 million over five years. The legislation was drafted in response to the increase in product recalls in recent years. State Attorney Generals can use state protocol when interpreting product safety laws and can bring suit outside the state. Maximum fines for violations will increase from $1.250 million to $15 million. By Feb. 14, 2010 (18 months after enactment), the CPSC is required to create a publicly available on-line database to collect information on injury, illness and death due to the use of unsafe products.
This conference call, normally only open to paid SGMA members, will be opened to SNEWS full-access subscribers who use the code, above, in the comment box when they register.
For more information on the bill, click here.