FJATA joins 45 organizations expressing concern with the CPSC August decisional meeting of final rules on Voluntary Remedial Actions and Guidelines for Voluntary Recall Notices and Disclosure Under Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act. All industries would be impacted by these rulemakings.
1 CPSC Docket No. CPSC-2013-0040
2 CPSC Docket No. CPSC-2014-0005
For decades the private sector has worked hand-in-hand with the CPSC with a shared commitment to protect consumers. Therefore, we urge the Commission to withdraw these two proposed rules and work cooperatively with interested parties to develop strategies that will improve the effectiveness of recalls and accomplish the desired policy objectives outlined by the Commission in its notices of proposed rulemaking.
We further ask the Commission to formalize stakeholder engagement on these and other important issues. Through formal engagement with manufacturers, retailers, consumer advocacy organizations and others, the Commission can better maximize the effectiveness of product safety programs and minimize unnecessary burdens on both regulated entities and the CPSC staff.
A variety of industry stakeholders, many of whom are signatories to this letter, strongly objected to both of these proposed rules when they were issued in 2013 and 2014, respectively, including on grounds that the proposals exceeded the Commission’s statutory authority. Letter available here: [PDF]