CPSC Bill Passes Congress

ANA, Industry Groups Worked for Changes in Final Version

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 passed the U.S. Senate last Thursday on a vote of 89-3.  This followed the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, which approved the bill on a vote of 424-1.  It now moves on to President Bush for his signature.

The bill greatly increases the resources at the disposal of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for product safety.  Earlier versions of the bill contained provisions mandating extensive warning requirements for advertising (including both print and online) for toy and game ads that were highly restrictive and onerous.  Based on input from ANA and other interested groups, the version of the bill that passed Congress allows the CPSC to conduct a rulemaking within 90 days on this issue, allowing it some flexibility to determine the best approach to provide this information.  

If you have any questions, you can reach Dan Jaffe in ANA's Washington office at 202-296-2359 or at djaffe@ana.net.