CFR Title 16 Commercial Practices

CFR Title 16 – Commercial Practices

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2018-07-02RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Booster SeatsPursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing this final rule establishing a safety standard for booster seats. The Commission is also amending its regulations...2018-14133"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-02/pdf/2018-14133.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/02/2018-14133/safety-standard-for-booster-seatsPursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing this final rule establishing a safety standard for booster seats. The Commission is also amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the safety standard for booster seats in the list of notices of requirements (NORs).
2018-06-26RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Baby Changing ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. To comply with the CPSIA, the Commission...2018-13556"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-26/pdf/2018-13556.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/26/2018-13556/safety-standard-for-baby-changing-productsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. To comply with the CPSIA, the Commission is issuing a safety standard for baby changing products. This rule incorporates by reference ASTM F2388-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Products for Domestic Use (ASTM F2388-18). In addition, this rule amends the regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the safety standard for baby changing products in the list of Notices of Requirements (NORs).
2018-06-22RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Products, Children's Toys, and Child Care Articles: Determinations Regarding Lead, ASTM F963 Elements, and Phthalates for Engineered Wood ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing a final rule determining that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWPs), specifically, particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium-density fiberboard, made from virgin wood...2018-13392"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13392.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/22/2018-13392/childrens-products-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-determinations-regarding-lead-astm-f963The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing a final rule determining that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWPs), specifically, particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium-density fiberboard, made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste do not contain lead, the ASTM F963 elements, or specified phthalates that exceed the limits set forth under the CPSC's statutes for children's products, children's toys, and child care articles. Based on these determinations, the specified EWPs would not be required to have third party testing for compliance with the requirements for lead, ASTM F963 elements, or phthalates for children's products, children's toys, and child care articles.
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-06-19RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for High ChairsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) directs the Commission to issue standards for durable infant or toddler products. To comply with section 104 of the CPSIA, CPSC is issuing a safety standard for high chairs. This rule...2018-12938"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-12938.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-12938/safety-standard-for-high-chairsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) directs the Commission to issue standards for durable infant or toddler products. To comply with section 104 of the CPSIA, CPSC is issuing a safety standard for high chairs. This rule incorporates by reference ASTM F404-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs (ASTM F404-18). In addition, this rule amends the regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the safety standard for high chairs in the list of Notices of Requirements (NORs).
2018-06-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Stationary Activity CentersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product...2018-13024"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13024.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13024/safety-standard-for-stationary-activity-centersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for stationary activity centers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2018-06-06RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Non-Full-Size Baby CribsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in December 2010, published a...2018-12021"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-06/pdf/2018-12021.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/06/2018-12021/safety-standard-for-non-full-size-baby-cribsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in December 2010, published a consumer product safety standard for non-full-size baby cribs (NFS cribs). The standard incorporated by reference the applicable ASTM voluntary standard, with several modifications. The CPSIA sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, we are publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standard for NFS cribs to incorporate by reference a more recent version of the applicable ASTM standard.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08231/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-proposed-six-month-delay-of-the-generalIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
2018-04-18Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDeceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving SetsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') seeks comment on the proposed repeal of its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets (``Picture Tube Rule'' or...2018-08003"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/pdf/2018-08003.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/18/2018-08003/deceptive-advertising-as-to-sizes-of-viewable-pictures-shown-by-television-receiving-setsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') seeks comment on the proposed repeal of its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets (``Picture Tube Rule'' or ``Rule''). This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPR'') provides background on the Picture Tube Rule and this proceeding, discusses public comments received by the Commission in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), and solicits further comment on the proposed repeal of the Rule.
2018-04-05Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Safe Harbor Proposed Self-Regulatory Guidelines; the Entertainment Software Rating Board's COPPA Safe Harbor Program Application To Modify Program RequirementsThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this notification and request for public comment concerning proposed modifications to Entertainment Software Rating Board's (``ESRB'') Commission-approved self-regulatory guidelines, under the ``safe harbor''...2018-06976"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-05/pdf/2018-06976.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/05/2018-06976/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-safe-harbor-proposed-self-regulatory-guidelines-theThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this notification and request for public comment concerning proposed modifications to Entertainment Software Rating Board's (``ESRB'') Commission-approved self-regulatory guidelines, under the ``safe harbor'' provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2018-04-05RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling Rule; CorrectionThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') is issuing a correction to the Energy Labeling Rule to replace regulatory language inadvertently removed.2018-06694"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-05/pdf/2018-06694.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/05/2018-06694/energy-labeling-rule-correctionThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') is issuing a correction to the Energy Labeling Rule to replace regulatory language inadvertently removed.
2018-02-27RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles; Administration and Enforcement Regulations: Corrections to Animal Testing RegulationsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is issuing a direct final rule to correct its animal testing regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The rule reinserts text that was inadvertently omitted and corrects...2018-03916"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-27/pdf/2018-03916.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/27/2018-03916/hazardous-substances-and-articles-administration-and-enforcement-regulations-corrections-to-animalThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is issuing a direct final rule to correct its animal testing regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The rule reinserts text that was inadvertently omitted and corrects references.
2018-02-27RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAll-Terrain VehiclesThe Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the...2018-03904"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-27/pdf/2018-03904.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/27/2018-03904/all-terrain-vehiclesThe Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the American National Standard for Four-Wheel All-Terrain Vehicles, developed by the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (ANSI/SVIA 1-2007). CPSC published that mandatory consumer product safety standard on November 14, 2008. ANSI/SVIA issued a 2017 edition of its standard in June 2017. In accordance with the CPSA, CPSC is issuing this final rule to amend the Commission's mandatory ATV standard to reference the 2017 edition of the ANSI/SVIA standard.
2018-02-22RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. The Commission also sets a compliance...2018-03665"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-22/pdf/2018-03665.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/22/2018-03665/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. The Commission also sets a compliance date of October 1, 2019 for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes and makes several minor clarifications and corrections to the Rule.
2018-02-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Nursery IndustryThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comments on its Guides for the Nursery Industry (``Nursery Guides'' or ``Guides''). The Commission is soliciting the comments as part of the Commission's systematic review of all...2018-03569"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-22/pdf/2018-03569.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/22/2018-03569/guides-for-the-nursery-industryThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comments on its Guides for the Nursery Industry (``Nursery Guides'' or ``Guides''). The Commission is soliciting the comments as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
2018-02-20RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDelegation of Limited AuthorityThe Federal Trade Commission is publishing a rule that delegates certain limited functions where the Commission is unable to act because it lacks a quorum. The functions delegated are those in which no party or intervenor has a right to petition the...2018-03296"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-20/pdf/2018-03296.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/20/2018-03296/delegation-of-limited-authorityThe Federal Trade Commission is publishing a rule that delegates certain limited functions where the Commission is unable to act because it lacks a quorum. The functions delegated are those in which no party or intervenor has a right to petition the agency for discretionary review or in which a party or intervenor has waived such a right. In matters in which at least one Commissioner determines to participate, the delegation is made to the participating Commissioner or to the body of Commissioners who are participating. In matters in which no Commissioner is participating, the General Counsel has authority to carry out the delegated functions. This delegation is not intended to alter or affect existing delegations to Commission staff.
2018-02-05Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendments to Fireworks Regulations; Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) will be holding a meeting to provide interested parties with an opportunity to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued regarding amendments to...2018-02258"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-05/pdf/2018-02258.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/05/2018-02258/amendments-to-fireworks-regulations-notice-of-opportunity-for-oral-presentation-of-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) will be holding a meeting to provide interested parties with an opportunity to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued regarding amendments to the fireworks regulations. Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
2018-02-01RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCPSC Acceptance of Third Party Laboratories: Revision to the Notice of Requirements for Prohibitions of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified PhthalatesThis final rule updates the notice of requirements (NOR) for the accreditation of third party laboratories to assess conformity with the prohibitions of children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates. The NOR provides the...2018-01452"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-01/pdf/2018-01452.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/01/2018-01452/cpsc-acceptance-of-third-party-laboratories-revision-to-the-notice-of-requirements-for-prohibitionsThis final rule updates the notice of requirements (NOR) for the accreditation of third party laboratories to assess conformity with the prohibitions of children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates. The NOR provides the criteria and process for Commission acceptance of accreditation under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). This rule makes the NOR consistent with the regulated phthalates in children's toys and child care articles in the phthalates final rule published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2017.
2018-01-26RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Revision of Determinations Regarding Certain PlasticsOn August 30, 2017, the Commission issued a final rule determining that certain plastics and additives would not contain the phthalates that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits from use in children's toys and child...2018-01451"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-26/pdf/2018-01451.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01451/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalates-revision-ofOn August 30, 2017, the Commission issued a final rule determining that certain plastics and additives would not contain the phthalates that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits from use in children's toys and child care articles. Subsequently, the Commission issued a final rule that removes some phthalates from the statutory prohibition and adds others. This direct final rule revises the determinations rule to cover the phthalates that the phthalates final rule prohibits from use in children's toys and child care articles.
2018-01-23RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification ActThe Commission amends the Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'') to delete the requirement that an owner of a registered word trademark, used as a house mark, furnish the FTC with a copy of the...2018-01202"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-23/pdf/2018-01202.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/23/2018-01202/rules-and-regulations-under-the-textile-fiber-products-identification-actThe Commission amends the Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'') to delete the requirement that an owner of a registered word trademark, used as a house mark, furnish the FTC with a copy of the mark's registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') before using the mark on labels.
2018-01-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionLabeling and Advertising of Home Insulation: Trade Regulation RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') seeks comments on proposed amendments to its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation (``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule''). This document provides background on the R-value...2017-26569"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2017-26569.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2017-26569/labeling-and-advertising-of-home-insulation-trade-regulation-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') seeks comments on proposed amendments to its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation (``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule''). This document provides background on the R-value Rule and this proceeding; and discusses public comments received by the Commission and solicits further comments on the proposed amendments to clarify, streamline, and improve the Rule's requirements.
2018-01-22RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAdjustments to Civil Penalty AmountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is implementing adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.2018-00979"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00979.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00979/adjustments-to-civil-penalty-amountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is implementing adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00997/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
2017-12-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTest Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled OilThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact of its rule specifying Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil (``Recycled Oil Rule'' or...2017-27374"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-20/pdf/2017-27374.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/20/2017-27374/test-procedures-and-labeling-standards-for-recycled-oilThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact of its rule specifying Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil (``Recycled Oil Rule'' or ``Rule''), as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides.
2017-12-15RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Children's Folding Chairs and StoolsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2017-26997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-15/pdf/2017-26997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/15/2017-26997/safety-standard-for-childrens-folding-chairs-and-stoolsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for children's folding chairs and stools in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the safety standard for children's folding chairs and stools in the list of Notices of Requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission. Finally, the Commission is amending its regulations establishing requirements for consumer registration of durable infant or toddler products to identify children's folding stools as a durable infant or toddler product.
2017-12-14RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevision to Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act RegulationThe Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (CGBPA or the Act) adopted as a consumer product safety rule, the child-resistance requirements for closures on portable gasoline containers published in the ASTM voluntary standard, Standard Specification...2017-26954"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-14/pdf/2017-26954.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/14/2017-26954/revision-to-childrens-gasoline-burn-prevention-act-regulationThe Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (CGBPA or the Act) adopted as a consumer product safety rule, the child-resistance requirements for closures on portable gasoline containers published in the ASTM voluntary standard, Standard Specification for Determination of Child Resistance of Portable Fuel Containers for Consumer Use, ASTM F2517-05. ASTM F2517 was revised in 2015. These revisions became law under the Act, which the Commission codified through a direct final rule in 2015. On November 13, 2017, the Commission received notice from ASTM that a revision to ASTM F2517 was published in November 2017. In this direct final rule the Commission reviews and evaluates the revised ASTM F2517, finding that the revisions carry out the purposes of the CGBPA's requirements. Accordingly, the 2017 revisions to the child- resistance requirements will be automatically incorporated and apply as the statutorily mandated standard for closures on portable gasoline containers. This direct final rule updates the Commission's regulation to reflect that the requirements for closures on portable gasoline containers must meet the requirements in ASTM F2517-17.
2017-12-08Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPublic Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace and Analyzing Proposed Changes to the Contact Lens RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public workshop relating to its December 7, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') announcing proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The workshop will explore issues...2017-26445"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26445.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26445/public-workshop-examining-contact-lens-marketplace-and-analyzing-proposed-changes-to-the-contactThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public workshop relating to its December 7, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') announcing proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The workshop will explore issues relating to competition in the contact lens marketplace, consumer access to contact lenses, prescription release and portability, and other issues raised in comments received in response to the NPRM.
2017-12-08RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnforcement Policy Statement Regarding the Applicability of the COPPA Rule to the Collection and Use of Voice RecordingsThe Federal Trade Commission has issued an Enforcement Policy Statement regarding the applicability of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (``COPPA'') Rule to the collection of voice recordings. The Statement describes certain circumstances in...2017-26509"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26509.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26509/enforcement-policy-statement-regarding-the-applicability-of-the-coppa-rule-to-the-collection-and-useThe Federal Trade Commission has issued an Enforcement Policy Statement regarding the applicability of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (``COPPA'') Rule to the collection of voice recordings. The Statement describes certain circumstances in which the Commission will not bring an enforcement action against an operator on the basis of the operator having collected an audio file containing a child's voice without first obtaining verifiable parental consent.
2017-12-04RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard Mandating ASTM F963 for ToysSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made ASTM F963-07[epsi]1, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, a mandatory consumer product safety standard. That section also provides procedures for revisions to the...2017-26009"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-04/pdf/2017-26009.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/04/2017-26009/safety-standard-mandating-astm-f963-for-toysSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made ASTM F963-07[epsi]1, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, a mandatory consumer product safety standard. That section also provides procedures for revisions to the standard. In accordance with these procedures, the Commission (CPSC or Commission) recently allowed the update to ASTM F963, ASTM F963-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety (ASTM F963-17), to become the mandatory toy standard, with one exception. This direct final rule incorporates by reference ASTM F963-17, with one exception, and updates the existing notice of requirements (NOR) that provides the criteria and process for Commission acceptance of accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies for testing for ASTM F963 pursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
2017-11-15RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisposal of Consumer Report Information and RecordsThe Federal Trade Commission has completed its regulatory review of its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission rules and guides, and has determined to...2017-24728"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24728.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/15/2017-24728/disposal-of-consumer-report-information-and-recordsThe Federal Trade Commission has completed its regulatory review of its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission rules and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its current form.
2017-11-09Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission proposes to amend the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. The Commission also proposes...2017-24381"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-09/pdf/2017-24381.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/09/2017-24381/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission proposes to amend the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. The Commission also proposes to set a compliance date for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes.
2017-10-27RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified PhthalatesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) issues this final rule prohibiting children's toys and child care articles that contain concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl...2017-23267"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23267.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/27/2017-23267/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalatesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) issues this final rule prohibiting children's toys and child care articles that contain concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) established permanent and interim prohibitions on the sale of certain consumer products containing specific phthalates. That provision also directed the CPSC to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to study the effects on children's health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children's toys and child care articles and to provide recommendations to the Commission regarding whether any phthalates or phthalate alternatives, other than those already permanently prohibited, should be prohibited. The CPSIA requires the Commission to promulgate a final rule after receiving the final CHAP report. This rule fulfills that requirement.
2017-10-27Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCPSC Acceptance of Third Party Laboratories: Revision to the Notice of Requirements for Prohibitions of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified PhthalatesThis notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) would update the existing notice of requirements (NOR) for prohibitions of children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates that provide the criteria and process for Commission acceptance...2017-23266"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23266.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/27/2017-23266/cpsc-acceptance-of-third-party-laboratories-revision-to-the-notice-of-requirements-for-prohibitionsThis notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) would update the existing notice of requirements (NOR) for prohibitions of children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates that provide the criteria and process for Commission acceptance of accreditation pursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The proposed NOR would revise the current NOR to be consistent with the final phthalates rule, which is published elsewhere in this same issue of the Federal Register and will be codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
2017-10-13Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Products, Children's Toys, and Child Care Articles: Determinations Regarding Lead, ASTM F963 Elements, and Phthalates for Engineered Wood ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is proposing a rule to determine that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWPs), specifically, particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium-density fiberboard, made from...2017-21980"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-13/pdf/2017-21980.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/13/2017-21980/childrens-products-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-determinations-regarding-lead-astm-f963The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is proposing a rule to determine that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWPs), specifically, particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium-density fiberboard, made from virgin wood or pre- consumer waste wood would not contain lead, the ASTM F963 elements, or specified phthalates that exceed the limits set forth under the CPSC's statutes for children's products, children's toys, and child care articles. Based on these proposed determinations, the specified EWPs would not be required to have third party testing for compliance with the requirements for lead, ASTM F963 elements, or phthalates for children's products, children's toys, and child care articles.
2017-09-19RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionWool Products Labeling; Fur Products Labeling; Textile Fiber Products IdentificationThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC'') amends the Rules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules''), the Rules and Regulations Under Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur Rules''), and the Rules and...2017-19868"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-19/pdf/2017-19868.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/19/2017-19868/wool-products-labeling-fur-products-labeling-textile-fiber-products-identificationThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC'') amends the Rules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules''), the Rules and Regulations Under Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur Rules''), and the Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'') (collectively, ``Rules'') to require the public to submit any requests to obtain, update, or cancel registered identification numbers via the FTC's Web site.
2017-09-19RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New AutomobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') issues final amendments to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'') to address advertising claims prevalent in the market and...2017-19869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-19/pdf/2017-19869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/19/2017-19869/guide-concerning-fuel-economy-advertising-for-new-automobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') issues final amendments to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'') to address advertising claims prevalent in the market and harmonize with current Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (``NHTSA'') fuel economy labeling rules.
2017-09-18RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant Bouncer SeatsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2017-19255"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-18/pdf/2017-19255.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/18/2017-19255/safety-standard-for-infant-bouncer-seatsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard, if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing this final rule establishing a safety standard for infant bouncer seats (bouncer seats) in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. Additionally, the Commission is finalizing an amendment to its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include safety standard for bouncer seats in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.
2017-09-18RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProtection of Human SubjectsOn January 19, 2017, the Federal departments and agencies that are subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the Common Rule) published a final rule amending the Common Rule. The Consumer Product Safety...2017-19737"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-18/pdf/2017-19737.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/18/2017-19737/protection-of-human-subjectsOn January 19, 2017, the Federal departments and agencies that are subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the Common Rule) published a final rule amending the Common Rule. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) adopts the Common Rule.
2017-09-13Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment to Standard for All-Terrain Vehicles; Notice of Proposed RulemakingThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the American National Standard for Four-Wheel All-Terrain...2017-19341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-13/pdf/2017-19341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/13/2017-19341/amendment-to-standard-for-all-terrain-vehicles-notice-of-proposed-rulemakingThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the American National Standard for Four-Wheel All-Terrain Vehicles Equipment Configuration, and Performance Requirements, developed by the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (ANSI/SVIA 1- 2007). CPSC published that mandatory consumer product safety standard on November 14, 2008. ANSI/SVIA issued a 2017 edition of its standard in June 2017. In accordance with the CPSIA, CPSC proposes to amend the Commission's mandatory ATV standard to reference the 2017 edition of the ANSI/SVIA standard.
2017-08-30RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain PlasticsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is issuing a final rule that determines that certain plastics with specified additives would not contain the specified phthalates prohibited in children's toys and child care articles. Based...2017-18387"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-30/pdf/2017-18387.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18387/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalates-determinationsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is issuing a final rule that determines that certain plastics with specified additives would not contain the specified phthalates prohibited in children's toys and child care articles. Based on these determinations, the specified plastics with specified additives will not require third party testing for compliance with the mandatory prohibitions on children's toys and child care articles containing phthalates.
2017-08-21RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule FeesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call...2017-17437"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-21/pdf/2017-17437.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/21/2017-17437/telemarketing-sales-rule-feesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
2017-08-08RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProcedures for Disclosure or Production of Information Under the Freedom of Information ActThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing a final rule to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. The final rule revises the rule to conform to the amendments of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (the 2016...2017-16550"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-08/pdf/2017-16550.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/08/2017-16550/procedures-for-disclosure-or-production-of-information-under-the-freedom-of-information-actThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing a final rule to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. The final rule revises the rule to conform to the amendments of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (the 2016 FOIA) to the FOIA. The final rule is also updated to reflect changes in Commission procedures; updates Commission contact information, including current methods of submitting requests for records to the Commission; revises employee titles; and makes various technical changes and corrections.
2017-07-12RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, announces ministerial changes to the Antitrust Improvements Act Notification and Report Form (``HSR Form'') to make it conform to...2017-14550"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-12/pdf/2017-14550.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/12/2017-14550/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, announces ministerial changes to the Antitrust Improvements Act Notification and Report Form (``HSR Form'') to make it conform to recently published amendments to the associated Instructions and to reflect changes to the noncompliance penalty and the Premerger Notification Office address.
2017-07-05RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionIndemnification of Federal Trade Commission EmployeesThe Federal Trade Commission is publishing a policy that permits indemnification of FTC employees in appropriate circumstances, as determined by the Commission or the Commission's designee, for claims made against them as a result of actions taken by...2017-14008"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-05/pdf/2017-14008.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/05/2017-14008/indemnification-of-federal-trade-commission-employeesThe Federal Trade Commission is publishing a policy that permits indemnification of FTC employees in appropriate circumstances, as determined by the Commission or the Commission's designee, for claims made against them as a result of actions taken by them in the scope of their employment.
2017-07-05Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws; Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued to address blade-contact injuries on...2017-14035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-05/pdf/2017-14035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/05/2017-14035/safety-standard-addressing-blade-contact-injuries-on-table-saws-notice-of-opportunity-for-oralThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued to address blade-contact injuries on table saws. The NPR proposed a standard that requires table saws limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a test probe, acting as surrogate for a human body/finger, contacts the spinning blade at a radial approach rate of 1 meter per second (m/s). Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
2017-06-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification ActThe Commission proposes amending the Textile Rules (``Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act'') to delete the requirement that an owner of a registered word trademark furnish the FTC with a copy of the mark's...2017-13470"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13470.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13470/rules-and-regulations-under-the-textile-fiber-products-identification-actThe Commission proposes amending the Textile Rules (``Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act'') to delete the requirement that an owner of a registered word trademark furnish the FTC with a copy of the mark's registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') before using the mark on labels, and to no longer restrict the use of such trademarks to only those also employed as house marks. Eliminating these requirements is expected to reduce compliance costs while increasing firms' flexibility.
2017-06-28RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission issues amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to eliminate certain marking requirements for plumbing products and to exempt certain ceiling fans from labeling requirements. Additionally, the amendments update the Rule to include labeling...2017-13469"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13469.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13469/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission issues amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to eliminate certain marking requirements for plumbing products and to exempt certain ceiling fans from labeling requirements. Additionally, the amendments update the Rule to include labeling requirements for electric instantaneous water heaters. The Commission also makes non- substantive, conforming changes to the testing provisions for LED covered lamps and minor corrections to other provisions.
2017-06-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionCAN-SPAM RuleThe Commission is requesting public comments on its rule implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (the ``CAN-SPAM Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs,...2017-13471"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13471.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13471/can-spam-ruleThe Commission is requesting public comments on its rule implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (the ``CAN-SPAM Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, reviews, and arguments concerning the Rule.
2017-06-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTrade Regulation Rule Concerning Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving SetsAs part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's Trade Regulation Rule concerning Deceptive...2017-13476"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13476.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13476/trade-regulation-rule-concerning-deceptive-advertising-as-to-sizes-of-viewable-pictures-shown-byAs part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's Trade Regulation Rule concerning Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets (``Rule'' or ``Picture Tube Rule'').
2017-05-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Booster SeatsSection 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These...2017-10044"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-19/pdf/2017-10044.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/19/2017-10044/safety-standard-for-booster-seatsSection 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for booster seats in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to include booster seats in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.
2017-05-12Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table SawsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of blade-contact injuries associated with table saws. In 2015, there were an estimated 33,400 table saw, emergency department-treated...2017-09098"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-12/pdf/2017-09098.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/12/2017-09098/safety-standard-addressing-blade-contact-injuries-on-table-sawsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of blade-contact injuries associated with table saws. In 2015, there were an estimated 33,400 table saw, emergency department-treated injuries. Of these, CPSC staff estimates that 30,800 (92 percent) are likely related to the victim making contact with the saw blade. CPSC staff's review of the existing data indicates that currently available safety devices, such as the modular blade guard and riving knife, do not adequately address the unreasonable risk of blade-contact injuries on table saws. To address this risk, the Commission proposes a rule that is based, in part, on work conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The proposed rule would establish a performance standard that requires table saws, when powered on, to limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a test probe, acting as surrogate for a human body/finger, contacts the spinning blade at a radial approach rate of 1 meter per second (m/s). The proposed rule would address an estimated 54,800 medically treated blade-contact injuries annually. The Commission estimates that the proposed rule's aggregate net benefits on an annual basis could range from about $625 million to about $2,300 million.
2017-05-10RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous RulesThe Federal Trade Commission is implementing provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by amending the regulation governing fees the agency may assess to offset the cost of disseminating information and records to the public. The FTC is also...2017-09432"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-10/pdf/2017-09432.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/10/2017-09432/freedom-of-information-act-miscellaneous-rulesThe Federal Trade Commission is implementing provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by amending the regulation governing fees the agency may assess to offset the cost of disseminating information and records to the public. The FTC is also making other clarifying changes and updates to the fee regulation.
2017-04-25Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Safe Harbor Proposed Self-Regulatory Guidelines; TRUSTe COPPA Safe Harbor Program Application To Modify Program RequirementsThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this document and request for public comment concerning proposed modifications to TRUSTe's self-regulatory guidelines, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.2017-08248"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-25/pdf/2017-08248.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/25/2017-08248/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-safe-harbor-proposed-self-regulatory-guidelines-trusteThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this document and request for public comment concerning proposed modifications to TRUSTe's self-regulatory guidelines, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2017-04-14Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendments to Fireworks Regulations; Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) regarding fireworks in the Federal Register on February 2, 2017. The NPR invited the public to submit written comments during a 75-day comment...2017-07556"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-14/pdf/2017-07556.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/14/2017-07556/amendments-to-fireworks-regulations-notice-of-extension-of-comment-periodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) regarding fireworks in the Federal Register on February 2, 2017. The NPR invited the public to submit written comments during a 75-day comment period beginning on the NPR publication date. In response to a request for an extension of the comment period, the Commission is extending the comment period by 90 days.
2017-04-07Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep ProductsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2017-06875"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-07/pdf/2017-06875.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/07/2017-06875/safety-standard-for-infant-inclined-sleep-productsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for infant inclined sleep products (inclined sleep products) in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to include inclined sleep products in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission. The Commission is also proposing to explicitly identify infant inclined sleep products as a durable infant or toddler product subject to CPSC's consumer registration requirements.
2017-03-30RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant Bath TubsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2017-06270"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-30/pdf/2017-06270.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/30/2017-06270/safety-standard-for-infant-bath-tubsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for infant bath tubs in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the mandatory standard for infant bath tubs in the list of notices of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.
2017-03-07RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Magnet Sets; Removal of Final Rule Vacated by CourtThis final rule removes from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rule published on October 3, 2014, titled, ``Safety Standard for Magnet Sets.'' This action responds to a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that vacated...2017-04381"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-07/pdf/2017-04381.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/07/2017-04381/safety-standard-for-magnet-sets-removal-of-final-rule-vacated-by-courtThis final rule removes from the Code of Federal Regulations the final rule published on October 3, 2014, titled, ``Safety Standard for Magnet Sets.'' This action responds to a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that vacated the rule.
2017-02-22RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevisions to Safety Standard for Toddler BedsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, in April 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC)...2017-03332"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-22/pdf/2017-03332.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/22/2017-03332/revisions-to-safety-standard-for-toddler-bedsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, in April 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) published a consumer product safety standard for toddler beds. The standard incorporated by reference the ASTM voluntary standard for toddler beds, with several modifications. The CPSIA sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, we are publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standard for toddler beds to incorporate by reference a more recent version of the applicable ASTM standard.
2017-02-02RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard Mandating ASTM F963 for ToysSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made ASTM F963-07[egr]1, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, a mandatory consumer product safety standard. That section also provides procedures for revisions to the...2017-02147"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02147.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/02/2017-02147/safety-standard-mandating-astm-f963-for-toysSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made ASTM F963-07[egr]1, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, a mandatory consumer product safety standard. That section also provides procedures for revisions to the standard. In accordance with these procedures, the Commission (CPSC or Commission) recently allowed the update to ASTM F963, ASTM F963-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety (ASTM F963-16), to become the mandatory toy standard. This direct final rule incorporates by reference ASTM F963-16 and updates the existing notice of requirements (NOR) that provide the criteria and process for Commission acceptance of accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies for testing for ASTM F963 pursuant to section 14(a)(3)(B)(vi) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
2017-02-02Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendments to Fireworks RegulationsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) proposes to amend its regulations regarding fireworks devices under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. The proposed amendments are based on the Commission's review of its existing fireworks...2017-02014"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02014.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/02/2017-02014/amendments-to-fireworks-regulationsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) proposes to amend its regulations regarding fireworks devices under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. The proposed amendments are based on the Commission's review of its existing fireworks regulations, the current fireworks market, changes in technology, existing fireworks standards, and safety issues associated with fireworks devices. The proposed amendments would create new requirements and modify or clarify existing requirements. Some of the proposed revisions would align with existing fireworks standards or codify the Commission's existing testing practices. The Commission believes that the proposed requirements would improve consumer safety by codifying limits, test procedures, and requirements that would reduce the risk of injury to consumers and clarifying existing requirements to promote compliance.
2017-02-01Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionPortable Generators; Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard that limits...2017-02061"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-02061.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/01/2017-02061/portable-generators-notice-of-opportunity-for-oral-presentation-of-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard that limits carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from operating portable generators. Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
2017-01-30RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Sling CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2017-01285"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-30/pdf/2017-01285.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/30/2017-01285/safety-standard-for-sling-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for infant slings (sling carriers) in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the mandatory standard for slings in the list of Notices of Requirements (NOR) issued by the Commission.
2017-01-24RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAdjustments to Civil Penalty AmountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is confirming certain amendments made on an interim final basis to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction in June 2016 and implementing further adjustments to the civil penalty amounts...2017-01125"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-24/pdf/2017-01125.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01125/adjustments-to-civil-penalty-amountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is confirming certain amendments made on an interim final basis to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction in June 2016 and implementing further adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.
2017-01-09RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles: Administration and Enforcement Regulations2017-00240"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2017-00240.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/09/2017-00240/hazardous-substances-and-articles-administration-and-enforcement-regulations
2017-01-03Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProcedures for Disclosure or Production of Information Under the Freedom of Information Act; AmendmentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. We are proposing to revise the rule to conform to the amendments of the FOIA...2016-31131"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-03/pdf/2016-31131.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/03/2016-31131/procedures-for-disclosure-or-production-of-information-under-the-freedom-of-information-actThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. We are proposing to revise the rule to conform to the amendments of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (the 2016 FOIA) to the FOIA. The Commission also proposes to update the rule to reflect changes in Commission procedures, update Commission contact information, including current methods of submitting requests for records to the Commission, revise employee titles, and make various technical changes and corrections. This NPR seeks comments on the proposed changes to the rule.
2016-12-22RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous RulesThe Federal Trade Commission is revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.2016-30507"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-22/pdf/2016-30507.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/22/2016-30507/freedom-of-information-act-miscellaneous-rulesThe Federal Trade Commission is revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
2016-12-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous RulesThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by amending the regulation governing fees the agency may assess to offset the cost of disseminating information and records to the public. The FTC also...2016-30508"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-22/pdf/2016-30508.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/22/2016-30508/freedom-of-information-act-miscellaneous-rulesThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by amending the regulation governing fees the agency may assess to offset the cost of disseminating information and records to the public. The FTC also proposes other clarifying changes and updates to the fee regulation.
2016-12-13Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Portable Generators; Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) voted to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 2, 2016, concerning portable generators. The NPR invited the public to submit written comments during...2016-29845"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-13/pdf/2016-29845.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/13/2016-29845/safety-standard-for-portable-generators-notice-of-extension-of-comment-periodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) voted to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 2, 2016, concerning portable generators. The NPR invited the public to submit written comments during a comment period that would close 75 days after the date of publication of the NPR in the Federal Register. In response to a request for an extension, the Commission is extending the comment period.
2016-12-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionContact Lens RuleAs part of its regulatory review of the Contact Lens Rule (``Rule''), and consistent with the requirements of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (the ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend the Rule to require that prescribers...2016-28471"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/pdf/2016-28471.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-28471/contact-lens-ruleAs part of its regulatory review of the Contact Lens Rule (``Rule''), and consistent with the requirements of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (the ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend the Rule to require that prescribers obtain a signed acknowledgment after releasing a contact lens prescription to a patient, and maintain each such acknowledgment for a period of not less than three years. The Commission seeks comment on this proposal and several other issues.
2016-12-02RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAutomotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and PostingThe Commission grants the petition of gasoline dispenser manufacturer Gilbarco, Inc. (``Gilbarco'') requesting permission for ethanol flex fuel retailers to post ethanol flex fuel rating labels that differ from size and shape specifications in the...2016-29006"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/pdf/2016-29006.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-29006/automotive-fuel-ratings-certification-and-postingThe Commission grants the petition of gasoline dispenser manufacturer Gilbarco, Inc. (``Gilbarco'') requesting permission for ethanol flex fuel retailers to post ethanol flex fuel rating labels that differ from size and shape specifications in the Commission's Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Rule''). The Commission grants the partial exemption without a notice and comment period because ``for good cause'' the Commission finds that notice and comment is unnecessary in this case. The Commission previously granted similar requests from Gilbarco and other dispenser manufacturers without notice and comment procedures.
2016-11-21Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Portable GeneratorsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with portable generators. To address this risk, the Commission proposes a rule that limits CO emissions from...2016-26962"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-21/pdf/2016-26962.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/21/2016-26962/safety-standard-for-portable-generatorsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with portable generators. To address this risk, the Commission proposes a rule that limits CO emissions from operating portable generators. Specifically, the proposed rule would require that portable generators powered by handheld spark-ignition (SI) engines and Class I SI engines not exceed a weighted CO emission rate of 75 grams per hour (g/hr); generators powered by one-cylinder, Class II SI engines must not exceed a weighted CO emission rate of 150 g/h; and generators powered by Class II SI engines with two cylinders must not exceed a weighted emission rate of 300 g/h.
2016-11-18RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') amends the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule''). The Final Rule adopts the following proposals: adding a Buyers Guide statement recommending that consumers...2016-27694"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-18/pdf/2016-27694.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/18/2016-27694/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') amends the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule''). The Final Rule adopts the following proposals: adding a Buyers Guide statement recommending that consumers obtain a vehicle history report (``VHR''), and directing them to an FTC website for more information about VHRs and safety recalls; revising the Buyers Guide statement describing the meaning of an ``As Is'' sale in which a dealer offers a vehicle for sale without a warranty; adding boxes to the front of the Buyers Guide where dealers can indicate additional warranty and service contract coverage; adding a Spanish statement to the English Buyers Guide advising consumers to ask for a copy of the Buyers Guide in Spanish if the dealer is conducting the sale in Spanish (and providing a Spanish translation of the optional consumer acknowledgment of receipt of the Buyers Guide); and adding air bags and catalytic converters to the list of major defects on the back of the Buyers Guide.
2016-11-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionStandards for Safeguarding Customer InformationThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent Request for Public Comment on the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule'').2016-27266"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-15/pdf/2016-27266.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/15/2016-27266/standards-for-safeguarding-customer-informationThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent Request for Public Comment on the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule'').
2016-10-28RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Federal Trade Commission is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register of September 15, 2016 (81 FR 63634). This document corrects provisions in the final rule related to ceiling fan labeling requirements.2016-25725"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-28/pdf/2016-25725.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/28/2016-25725/energy-labeling-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register of September 15, 2016 (81 FR 63634). This document corrects provisions in the final rule related to ceiling fan labeling requirements.
2016-10-14RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection ActAs part of its regular review of all its Rules and Guides, and in response to Congressional amendments to the Hobby Protection Act (``Hobby Act'' or ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Rules and Regulations under the...2016-24880"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-14/pdf/2016-24880.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/14/2016-24880/rules-and-regulations-under-the-hobby-protection-actAs part of its regular review of all its Rules and Guides, and in response to Congressional amendments to the Hobby Protection Act (``Hobby Act'' or ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Rules and Regulations under the Hobby Protection Act (``Rules'').
2016-09-29Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Baby Changing ProductsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product...2016-22557"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-29/pdf/2016-22557.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/29/2016-22557/safety-standard-for-baby-changing-productsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards must be substantially the same as applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with a product. Pursuant to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA, the Commission is proposing a safety standard for baby changing products. The proposed rule would incorporate by reference ASTM F2388-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Tables for Domestic Use (ASTM F2388-16) into our regulations and impose more stringent requirements for structural integrity, restraint system integrity, and warnings on labels and in instructional literature. In addition, the Commission proposes to amend our regulations include the proposed safety standard for baby changing products in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.
2016-09-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisposal of Consumer Report Information and RecordsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``The Commission) requests public comment on its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records (``Disposal Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's...2016-22198"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-22198.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/15/2016-22198/disposal-of-consumer-report-information-and-recordsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``The Commission) requests public comment on its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records (``Disposal Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
2016-09-15RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission issues final amendments to improve access to energy labels online and improve labels for refrigerators, ceiling fans, central air conditioners, and water heaters. The Commission is issuing these amendments to assist consumers in their...2016-21854"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-21854.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/15/2016-21854/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission issues final amendments to improve access to energy labels online and improve labels for refrigerators, ceiling fans, central air conditioners, and water heaters. The Commission is issuing these amendments to assist consumers in their purchasing decisions and ensure labels are consistent with Department of Energy requirements.
2016-09-15RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions; Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty TermsIn this document, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) adopts amendments to the rules on Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (Disclosure Rule) and Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (Pre-Sale...2016-21853"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-21853.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/15/2016-21853/disclosure-of-written-consumer-product-warranty-terms-and-conditions-pre-sale-availability-ofIn this document, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) adopts amendments to the rules on Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (Disclosure Rule) and Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (Pre-Sale Availability Rule) to give effect to the E-Warranty Act, which allows for the use of Internet Web sites to disseminate warranty terms to consumers in some circumstances.
2016-09-12Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission proposes amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to require labels for portable air conditioners, large-diameter and high-speed small diameter ceiling fans, and instantaneous electric water heaters. Additionally, it proposes eliminating...2016-21783"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-12/pdf/2016-21783.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/12/2016-21783/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission proposes amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to require labels for portable air conditioners, large-diameter and high-speed small diameter ceiling fans, and instantaneous electric water heaters. Additionally, it proposes eliminating certain marking requirements for plumbing products.
2016-09-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionStandards for Safeguarding Customer InformationThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's systematic review of...2016-21231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-07/pdf/2016-21231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/07/2016-21231/standards-for-safeguarding-customer-informationThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
2016-09-06Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionStatement of Policy on the Commission's Interpretation of Intent To Produce Audible Effects Within the Meaning of the Commission's Fireworks Regulations Under the Federal Hazardous Substances ActThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a Proposed Statement of Policy regarding the Commission's interpretation of the phrase ``intended to produce audible effects'' that appears in the Commission's fireworks regulations.2016-21014"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-06/pdf/2016-21014.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/06/2016-21014/statement-of-policy-on-the-commissions-interpretation-of-intent-to-produce-audible-effects-withinThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a Proposed Statement of Policy regarding the Commission's interpretation of the phrase ``intended to produce audible effects'' that appears in the Commission's fireworks regulations.
2016-09-01RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules'') that require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and...2016-20950"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-01/pdf/2016-20950.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/01/2016-20950/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules'') that require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'' or ``DOJ'') (together the ``Antitrust Agencies'' or ``Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. These amendments update the Rules to allow for submission of the Premerger Notification and Report Form (``Form'') and accompanying documents (together the ``HSR Filing'') on digital video/versatile disc (``DVD''), and clarify the Instructions to the Form.
2016-08-31RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule FeesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call...2016-20817"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-31/pdf/2016-20817.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/31/2016-20817/telemarketing-sales-rule-feesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
2016-08-17Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain PlasticsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is proposing a rule to determine that certain plastics with specified additives would not contain the specified phthalates prohibited in children's toys and child care articles. Based on...2016-19464"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-17/pdf/2016-19464.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/17/2016-19464/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalates-determinationsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, or CPSC) is proposing a rule to determine that certain plastics with specified additives would not contain the specified phthalates prohibited in children's toys and child care articles. Based on these determinations, the specified plastics with specified additives would not require third party testing for compliance with the mandatory phthalates prohibitions on children's toys and child care articles.
2016-08-10Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New AutomobilesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent notice seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'').2016-18973"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-10/pdf/2016-18973.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/10/2016-18973/guide-concerning-fuel-economy-advertising-for-new-automobilesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent notice seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'').
2016-06-30RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAdjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty AmountsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is increasing the maximum civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction, as required by the Federal Civil Penalty...2016-15302"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15302.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/30/2016-15302/adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penalty-amountsPursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is increasing the maximum civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction, as required by the Federal Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
2016-06-09RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevisions to Safety Standard for Carriages and StrollersIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') has...2016-13663"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-09/pdf/2016-13663.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/09/2016-13663/revisions-to-safety-standard-for-carriages-and-strollersIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') has published consumer product safety standards for numerous durable infant or toddler products, including a safety standard for carriages and strollers. The standard incorporated by reference the ASTM voluntary standard for carriages and strollers, with a modification. In August 2011, Congress enacted a public law, which sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, we are publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standard for carriages and strollers to incorporate by reference a more recent version of the applicable ASTM standard.
2016-06-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New AutomobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'') to reflect current Environmental Protection Agency...2016-13098"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13098.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/06/2016-13098/guide-concerning-fuel-economy-advertising-for-new-automobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide'') to reflect current Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (``NHTSA'') fuel economy labeling rules and to consider advertising claims prevalent in the market.
2016-06-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionLabeling and Advertising of Home InsulationThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the ``Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation'' (the ``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule'').2016-13097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-13097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/03/2016-13097/labeling-and-advertising-of-home-insulationThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the ``Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation'' (the ``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule'').
2016-05-24Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions; Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty TermsThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) proposes to amend the rules on Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (Disclosure Rule) and Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (Pre-Sale Availability Rule) to...2016-12030"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12030.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-12030/rule-governing-disclosure-of-written-consumer-product-warranty-terms-and-conditions-rule-governingThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) proposes to amend the rules on Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (Disclosure Rule) and Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (Pre-Sale Availability Rule) to give effect to the E-Warranty Act, which allows for the use of Internet Web sites to disseminate warranty terms to consumers in some circumstances.
2016-05-19RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning FranchisingThe FTC announces revised monetary thresholds for three exemptions from the Franchise Rule. The FTC is required to adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers published by the...2016-11789"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/pdf/2016-11789.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/19/2016-11789/disclosure-requirements-and-prohibitions-concerning-franchisingThe FTC announces revised monetary thresholds for three exemptions from the Franchise Rule. The FTC is required to adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers published by the Department of Labor.
2016-04-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection ActAs part of its regular review of all its rules and guides, and in response to Congressional amendments to the Hobby Protection Act (``Hobby Act'' or ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') proposes to amend its Rules and Regulations...2016-09103"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-20/pdf/2016-09103.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/20/2016-09103/rules-and-regulations-under-the-hobby-protection-actAs part of its regular review of all its rules and guides, and in response to Congressional amendments to the Hobby Protection Act (``Hobby Act'' or ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') proposes to amend its Rules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection Act (``Rules''), and seeks comment on its proposals.
2016-04-13Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRules of Practice for Adjudicative ProceedingsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') to update the Commission's Rules of Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings, (``Rules of Practice'' or...2016-08125"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-13/pdf/2016-08125.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/13/2016-08125/rules-of-practice-for-adjudicative-proceedingsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') to update the Commission's Rules of Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings, (``Rules of Practice'' or ``Rules''). We are proposing to modernize the Rules of Practice to reflect changes in civil and administrative litigation since adoption of the Rules in 1980. Specifically, we propose changes to the Rules pertaining to discovery, electronic filing, the use of electronically stored information (``ESI''), and updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (``Federal Rules''), upon which our Rules are based. We also propose to update requirements for pleadings, motions, and motions for summary decisions, clarifications on the computation of time, and clarification on when amendments or supplemental pleadings require Commission approval. Additionally, we propose allowing a Presiding Officer to exercise discretion to avoid unnecessary delay or wasteful discovery and to consolidate cases in their entirety, or partially, for any purpose that serves the ends of justice. We also propose to set deadlines for the issuance of an Initial or Recommended Decision. Finally, we propose to remove outdated references to the Equal Access to Justice Act. We believe the proposed Rules will increase the efficiency of discovery, minimize the potential for delay in adjudicative proceedings, and ensure that, to the extent possible, Commission adjudicative proceedings address and resolve crucial issues of consumer product safety in a fair and impartial manner. This NPR seeks comments on the proposed changes to the Rules.
2016-04-07RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door OperatorsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a final rule amending the regulations for the Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc....2016-07552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-07/pdf/2016-07552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/07/2016-07552/safety-standard-for-automatic-residential-garage-door-operatorsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a final rule amending the regulations for the Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (``UL''), in the entrapment protection provisions in UL's standard UL 325, Sixth Edition, ``Standard for Safety for Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems.''
2016-04-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionLabeling and Advertising of Home InsulationAs part of the Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's ``Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the...2016-07679"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-06/pdf/2016-07679.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/06/2016-07679/labeling-and-advertising-of-home-insulationAs part of the Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's ``Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation'' (the ``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule'').
2016-03-28RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Portable Hook-On ChairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer...2016-06769"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-28/pdf/2016-06769.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/28/2016-06769/safety-standard-for-portable-hook-on-chairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for portable hook-on chairs (``hook-on chairs'') in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the mandatory standard for hook-on chairs in the list of Notices of Requirements (``NOR'') issued by the Commission.
2016-03-23RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Architectural Glazing MaterialsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') amends the Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products with the testing procedures...2016-06523"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-23/pdf/2016-06523.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/23/2016-06523/safety-standard-for-architectural-glazing-materialsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') amends the Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products with the testing procedures contained in the voluntary standard ANSI Z97.1-2015, American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings--Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.
2016-03-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionStatement of Policy on Enforcement Discretion Regarding General Conformity Certificates for Adult Wearing Apparel Exempt From TestingThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'') has approved a Statement of Policy regarding the CPSC's enforcement of the requirement for a general conformity assessment certificate (``GCC'') with respect to adult wearing apparel that is exempt from...2016-04533"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-10/pdf/2016-04533.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/10/2016-04533/statement-of-policy-on-enforcement-discretion-regarding-general-conformity-certificates-for-adultThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'') has approved a Statement of Policy regarding the CPSC's enforcement of the requirement for a general conformity assessment certificate (``GCC'') with respect to adult wearing apparel that is exempt from testing under the CPSC's clothing flammability standard.
2016-03-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter IndustriesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.2016-04883"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/pdf/2016-04883.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/07/2016-04883/guides-for-the-jewelry-precious-metals-and-pewter-industriesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.
2016-02-11RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required EnergyGuide labels on clothes washers.2016-02744"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-11/pdf/2016-02744.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/11/2016-02744/energy-labeling-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required EnergyGuide labels on clothes washers.
2016-02-02RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCommission Participation and Commission Employee Involvement in Voluntary Standards ActivitiesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing this final rule to amend the existing regulation on Commission participation and employee involvement in voluntary standards activities. Currently, Commission...2016-01778"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-02/pdf/2016-01778.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/02/2016-01778/commission-participation-and-commission-employee-involvement-in-voluntary-standards-activitiesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing this final rule to amend the existing regulation on Commission participation and employee involvement in voluntary standards activities. Currently, Commission rules allow employees to participate in voluntary standard development groups on a non-voting basis and do not allow Commission employees to accept leadership positions in voluntary standard development groups. This final rule removes these restrictions and allows Commission employees to participate as voting members and to accept leadership positions in voluntary standard development groups, subject to prior approval by CPSC's Office of the Executive Director (``OEX'').
2016-01-21Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for High Chairs; CorrectionThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is correcting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPR'') that appeared in the Federal Register of November 9, 2015 (80 FR 69144). The document proposed a safety standard...2016-01133"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-21/pdf/2016-01133.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/21/2016-01133/safety-standard-for-high-chairs-correctionThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is correcting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPR'') that appeared in the Federal Register of November 9, 2015 (80 FR 69144). The document proposed a safety standard for high chairs. The Commission is correcting an error in the proposed regulatory text concerning rearward stability.
2016-01-19RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAdministrative Debt Collection ProceduresThe FTC is publishing procedures for the administrative collection of debts, including those arising under judgments and orders of the Commission. These procedures, where applicable, will allow the use of administrative offset and tax refund offset to...2016-00313"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-19/pdf/2016-00313.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/19/2016-00313/administrative-debt-collection-proceduresThe FTC is publishing procedures for the administrative collection of debts, including those arising under judgments and orders of the Commission. These procedures, where applicable, will allow the use of administrative offset and tax refund offset to satisfy such debts. The use of these tools is expected to enhance the FTC's enforcement and collection efforts. The FTC is also making a technical revision to its existing rule for administrative garnishment of non- Federal wages to update the name of the Treasury Department agency responsible for cross-servicing debts.
2016-01-14RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAutomotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and PostingThe Commission issues final amendments to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Fuel Rating Rule'' or ``Rule'') by adopting rating, certification, and labeling requirements for certain ethanol-gasoline blends. The...2015-32972"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-14/pdf/2015-32972.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/14/2015-32972/automotive-fuel-ratings-certification-and-postingThe Commission issues final amendments to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Fuel Rating Rule'' or ``Rule'') by adopting rating, certification, and labeling requirements for certain ethanol-gasoline blends. The amendments further the Rule's goal of helping purchasers identify the correct fuel for their vehicles.
2016-01-12Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter IndustriesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') proposes revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries (``Jewelry Guides'' or ``Guides''). The proposed revisions aim to respond to changes in the marketplace...2016-00107"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-12/pdf/2016-00107.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/12/2016-00107/guides-for-the-jewelry-precious-metals-and-pewter-industriesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') proposes revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries (``Jewelry Guides'' or ``Guides''). The proposed revisions aim to respond to changes in the marketplace and help marketers avoid deceptive and unfair practices. This document summarizes the Commission's proposed revisions to the Guides and includes the proposed revised Guides.
2016-01-04RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment 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 Reopening of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part...2015-33068"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-04/pdf/2015-33068.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/04/2015-33068/amendment-to-clarify-when-component-part-testing-can-be-used-and-which-textile-products-have-beenThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part testing can be used and clarifying which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. Because the comment period deadline for the DFR was stated incorrectly on regulations.gov, the Commission is reopening the comment period to accept comments submitted by January 13, 2016, and is delaying the effective date of the DFR to February 12, 2016.
2015-12-17RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionToys: Determination Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated WoodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard,...2015-31723"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-17/pdf/2015-31723.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/17/2015-31723/toys-determination-regarding-heavy-elements-limits-for-unfinished-and-untreated-woodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard, ASTM F963-11. Based on this determination, unfinished and untreated trunk wood in toys does not require third party testing for the heavy element limits in ASTM F963.
2015-12-14RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales RuleIn this document, the Commission adopts amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban...2015-30761"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-14/pdf/2015-30761.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/14/2015-30761/telemarketing-sales-ruleIn this document, the Commission adopts amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the Rule. The amendments are necessary to protect consumers from deceptive or abusive practices in telemarketing.
2015-12-03Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionPetition for Labeling Requirements Regarding Slip Resistance of Floor Coverings; Request for CommentsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') received a petition requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking under the Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') to require that manufacturers of floor coverings,...2015-30440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-03/pdf/2015-30440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/03/2015-30440/petition-for-labeling-requirements-regarding-slip-resistance-of-floor-coverings-request-for-commentsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') received a petition requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking under the Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') to require that manufacturers of floor coverings, floor coverings with coatings, and treated floor coverings label their products' slip resistance in accordance with the applicable American National Standards Institute (``ANSI'') standard. The Commission invites written comments concerning the petition.
2015-12-01Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProtection of Human SubjectsOn September 8, 2015, the federal departments and agencies subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the ``Common Rule'') published a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') amending the Common Rule. Separately,...2015-30407"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-01/pdf/2015-30407.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/01/2015-30407/protection-of-human-subjectsOn September 8, 2015, the federal departments and agencies subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the ``Common Rule'') published a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') amending the Common Rule. Separately, on September 24, 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') proposed to adopt the Common Rule NPR by amending the Commission's regulations. The comment period for the Common Rule NPR is being extended; therefore, CPSC is extending the comment period for its proposed rule, accordingly.
2015-12-01Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and DefensesThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs and benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, of its Rules and Regulations under the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and...2015-30359"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-01/pdf/2015-30359.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/12/01/2015-30359/rules-and-regulations-under-the-trade-regulation-rule-concerning-preservation-of-consumers-claimsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs and benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, of its Rules and Regulations under the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses, commonly known as the ``Holder Rule,'' as part of the agency's regular review of all its regulations and guides.
2015-11-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment To Clarify When Component Part Testing Can Be Used and Which Textile Products Have Been Determined Not To Exceed the Allowable Lead Content Limits; Notice of Reopening of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part...2015-29504"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-19/pdf/2015-29504.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/19/2015-29504/amendment-to-clarify-when-component-part-testing-can-be-used-and-which-textile-products-have-beenThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part testing can be used and clarifying which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. The DFR and the NPR invited the public to submit written comments by November 13, 2015. In response to a request for an extension, the Commission is reopening the comment period on the NPR to December 14, 2015.
2015-11-19RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment 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 Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part...2015-29503"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-19/pdf/2015-29503.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/19/2015-29503/amendment-to-clarify-when-component-part-testing-can-be-used-and-which-textile-products-have-beenThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') published a direct final rule (``DFR'') and notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') in the same issue of the Federal Register on October 14, 2015, clarifying when component part testing can be used and clarifying which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. The DFR provided that, unless the Commission receives a significant adverse comment by November 13, 2015, the DFR would become effective on December 14, 2015. In response to a request for an extension of time for comments, the Commission is extending the comment period to December 14, 2015. The Commission is also delaying the effective date for the DFR to January 13, 2016.
2015-11-17RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling ActThe Commission amends the rules and regulations promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``Rules'') to: Modernize the place-of-business listing requirement; incorporate a more comprehensive metric chart; address the use of exponents with...2015-28918"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-17/pdf/2015-28918.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/17/2015-28918/rules-regulations-statements-of-general-policy-or-interpretation-and-exemptions-under-the-fairThe Commission amends the rules and regulations promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``Rules'') to: Modernize the place-of-business listing requirement; incorporate a more comprehensive metric chart; address the use of exponents with customary inch/pound measurements; delete outdated prohibitions on retail price sales representations; and acknowledge the role of the weights-and-measures laws of individual states.
2015-11-09Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for High ChairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''; Pub. L. 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or...2015-28300"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-09/pdf/2015-28300.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/09/2015-28300/safety-standard-for-high-chairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''; Pub. L. 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards must be substantially the same as applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with a product. In response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA, the Commission is proposing a safety standard for high chairs. The proposed rule would incorporate by reference ASTM F404-15, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs (``ASTM F404-15'') into our new regulation and impose more stringent requirements for rearward stability and warnings on labels and in instructional literature. In addition, the Commission proposes to amend our regulations to include the newly proposed high chair standard in the list of notice of requirements (``NORs'') issued by the Commission.
2015-11-02RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission issues final amendments to expand coverage of the Lighting Facts label, require room air conditioner labels on packaging instead of the units themselves, enhance the durability of appliance labels, and improve plumbing disclosure...2015-27772"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-27772.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/02/2015-27772/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission issues final amendments to expand coverage of the Lighting Facts label, require room air conditioner labels on packaging instead of the units themselves, enhance the durability of appliance labels, and improve plumbing disclosure requirements. This Notice completes the Commission's recent regulatory review of the Energy Labeling Rule.
2015-11-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy LabelingThe Commission proposes amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to create requirements related to a new label database on the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Web site, redesign ceiling fan labels, improve and update the comparability ranges for...2015-27773"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-27773.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/02/2015-27773/energy-labelingThe Commission proposes amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to create requirements related to a new label database on the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Web site, redesign ceiling fan labels, improve and update the comparability ranges for refrigerator labels, revise central air conditioner labels in response to new DOE enforcement requirements, improve water heater labels, and update current plumbing disclosures.
2015-10-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Children's Folding Chairs and StoolsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer...2015-26385"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26385.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26385/safety-standard-for-childrens-folding-chairs-and-stoolsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for children's folding chairs and stools in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to 16 CFR part 1112 to include 16 CFR part 1232 in the list of notice of requirements (``NORs'') issued by the Commission and an amendment to 16 CFR part 1130 to identify children's folding stools as a durable infant or toddler product.
2015-10-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant Bouncer SeatsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer...2015-26386"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26386.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/19/2015-26386/safety-standard-for-infant-bouncer-seatsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard, if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for infant bouncer seats (``bouncer seats'') in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to 16 CFR part 1112 to include 16 CFR part 1229 in the list of notice of requirements (``NORs'') issued by the Commission.
2015-10-14Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment To Clarify When Component Part Testing Can Be Used and Which Textile Products Have Been Determined Not To Exceed the Allowable Lead Content LimitsThe Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') requires third party testing and certification of children's products that are subject to children's product safety rules. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') has previously...2015-25933"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-14/pdf/2015-25933.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/14/2015-25933/amendment-to-clarify-when-component-part-testing-can-be-used-and-which-textile-products-have-beenThe Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') requires third party testing and certification of children's products that are subject to children's product safety rules. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') has previously issued regulations related to this requirement: A regulation that allows parties to test and certify component parts of products under certain circumstances; and a regulation determining that certain materials or products do not require lead content testing. The Commission is proposing to clarify when component part testing can be used and clarify which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, the Commission is issuing this determination as a direct final rule. If we receive no significant adverse comment in response to the direct final rule, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
2015-10-14RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAmendment To Clarify When Component Part Testing Can Be Used and Which Textile Products Have Been Determined Not To Exceed the Allowable Lead Content LimitsThe Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') requires third party testing and certification of children's products that are subject to children's product safety rules. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') has previously...2015-25932"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-14/pdf/2015-25932.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/14/2015-25932/amendment-to-clarify-when-component-part-testing-can-be-used-and-which-textile-products-have-beenThe Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'') requires third party testing and certification of children's products that are subject to children's product safety rules. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') has previously issued regulations related to this requirement: A regulation that allows parties to test and certify component parts of products under certain circumstances; and a regulation determining that certain materials or products do not require lead content testing. The Commission is issuing a direct final rule clarifying when component part testing can be used and clarifying which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits.
2015-10-08RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionMiscellaneous RulesThe Federal Trade Commission published final rules on May 6, 2015, revising certain of its rules of practice. This document makes a technical correction to those final rules.2015-25605"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-08/pdf/2015-25605.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/08/2015-25605/miscellaneous-rulesThe Federal Trade Commission published final rules on May 6, 2015, revising certain of its rules of practice. This document makes a technical correction to those final rules.
2015-09-24Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProtection of Human SubjectsOn September 8, 2015, the federal departments and agencies that are subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the ``Common Rule'') published a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') amending the Common Rule....2015-24247"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-24/pdf/2015-24247.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/24/2015-24247/protection-of-human-subjectsOn September 8, 2015, the federal departments and agencies that are subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (referred to as the ``Common Rule'') published a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') amending the Common Rule. Through this proposed rule, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') proposes to adopt the Common Rule NPR and solicits public comment on the proposal.
2015-09-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionToys; Determination Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated WoodDue to the receipt of significant adverse comments, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is withdrawing the July 17, 2015 direct final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy...2015-22829"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-10/pdf/2015-22829.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/10/2015-22829/toys-determination-regarding-heavy-elements-limits-for-unfinished-and-untreated-woodDue to the receipt of significant adverse comments, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is withdrawing the July 17, 2015 direct final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard, ASTM F963-11. The CPSC will address these comments in a separate final action based on the July 17, 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking (80 FR 42378) published in the same issue of the Federal Register. The CPSC will not institute a second comment period on this action.
2015-09-04Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; Jest8 Limited Trading as Riyo's Application for Approval of Parental Consent Method; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Federal Trade Commission is extending the comment period concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online...2015-21979"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-04/pdf/2015-21979.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/04/2015-21979/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-proposed-parental-consent-method-jest8-limited-trading-asThe Federal Trade Commission is extending the comment period concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2015-09-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionContact Lens RuleThe Commission is requesting public comments on the Contact Lens Rule, which requires that eyecare prescribers provide a copy of a consumer's prescription to the consumer upon completion of a contact lens fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to...2015-21577"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-03/pdf/2015-21577.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/03/2015-21577/contact-lens-ruleThe Commission is requesting public comments on the Contact Lens Rule, which requires that eyecare prescribers provide a copy of a consumer's prescription to the consumer upon completion of a contact lens fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to authorized third parties. The Rule also mandates that a contact lens seller may sell contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the seller either: (a) Has received from the patient or prescriber; or (b) has verified through direct communication with the prescriber. The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
2015-09-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionOphthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule)The Commission is requesting public comment on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled ``Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule),'' which requires eye care practitioners to release eyeglass prescriptions to their patients (``Eyeglass Rule''). The...2015-21578"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-03/pdf/2015-21578.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/03/2015-21578/ophthalmic-practice-rules-eyeglass-ruleThe Commission is requesting public comment on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled ``Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule),'' which requires eye care practitioners to release eyeglass prescriptions to their patients (``Eyeglass Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
2015-09-02Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door OperatorsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is proposing to amend the regulations for Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (``UL''), in the...2015-21340"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-02/pdf/2015-21340.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/02/2015-21340/safety-standard-for-automatic-residential-garage-door-operatorsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is proposing to amend the regulations for Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (``UL''), in the entrapment protection provisions in UL's standard UL 325, Sixth Edition, ``Standard for Safety for Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems.''
2015-08-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionPetition Requesting Rulemaking on Products Containing Organohalogen Flame RetardantsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') received a petition requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (``FHSA'') to declare several categories of products...2015-20454"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-19/pdf/2015-20454.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/19/2015-20454/petition-requesting-rulemaking-on-products-containing-organohalogen-flame-retardantsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') received a petition requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (``FHSA'') to declare several categories of products containing additive organohalogen flame retardants to be ``banned hazardous substances.'' The Commission invites written comments concerning the petition.
2015-08-14Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant Bath TubsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') to promulgate...2015-19668"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/pdf/2015-19668.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/14/2015-19668/safety-standard-for-infant-bath-tubsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for infant bath tubs in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to include the proposed standard in the list of notices of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.
2015-08-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; Jest8 Limited, Trading as Riyo, Application for Approval of Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy...2015-19425"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-07/pdf/2015-19425.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/07/2015-19425/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-proposed-parental-consent-method-jest8-limited-trading-asThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2015-07-27RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSubstantial Product Hazard List: Extension CordsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing a final rule to specify that extension cords (both indoor and outdoor use extension cords) that do not contain one or more of five applicable readily observable...2015-18294"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/pdf/2015-18294.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/27/2015-18294/substantial-product-hazard-list-extension-cordsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing a final rule to specify that extension cords (both indoor and outdoor use extension cords) that do not contain one or more of five applicable readily observable characteristics set forth in the rule, as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA'').
2015-07-20RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFinal Action Concerning Review of Interpretations of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act; Rule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions; Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms; Rule Governing Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures; and Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and GuaranteesThe Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') is announcing its final action in connection with the review of a set of warranty-related Rules and Guides: The Interpretations of the Magnuson- Moss Warranty Act (``Interpretations'' or ``part 700'');...2015-14065"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/pdf/2015-14065.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/20/2015-14065/final-action-concerning-review-of-interpretations-of-magnuson-moss-warranty-act-rule-governingThe Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') is announcing its final action in connection with the review of a set of warranty-related Rules and Guides: The Interpretations of the Magnuson- Moss Warranty Act (``Interpretations'' or ``part 700''); the Rule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (``Rule 701''); the Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (``Rule 702''); the Rule Governing Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures (``Rule 703''); and the Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees (``the Guides'' or ``part 239''). The Interpretations represent the Commission's views on various aspects of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (``the Act'' or ``MMWA''), and are intended to clarify the Act's requirements. Rule 701 specifies the information that must appear in a written warranty on a consumer product. Rule 702 details the obligations of sellers and warrantors to make warranty information available to consumers prior to purchase. Rule 703 specifies the minimum standards required for any informal dispute settlement mechanism that is incorporated into a written consumer product warranty, and that the consumer must use prior to pursuing any legal remedies in court. The Guides are intended to help advertisers avoid unfair or deceptive practices in the advertising of warranties or guarantees.
2015-07-17RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionToys: Determination Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated WoodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a direct final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy...2015-17413"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17413.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/17/2015-17413/toys-determination-regarding-heavy-elements-limits-for-unfinished-and-untreated-woodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' or ``CPSC'') is issuing a direct final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard, ASTM F963-11. Based on this determination, unfinished and untreated wood in toys does not require third party testing for the heavy element limits in ASTM F963.
2015-07-17Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionToys: Determination Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated WoodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is proposing to determine that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard, ASTM...2015-17414"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-17/pdf/2015-17414.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/17/2015-17414/toys-determination-regarding-heavy-elements-limits-for-unfinished-and-untreated-woodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') is proposing to determine that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission's toy standard, ASTM F963-11. Based on this proposed determination, unfinished and untreated trunk wood in toys would not require third party testing. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, the Commission is issuing this determination as a direct final rule. If we receive no significant adverse comment in response to the direct final rule, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
2015-07-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAmendment to the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley ActC1-2015-14328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-06/pdf/C1-2015-14328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/06/C1-2015-14328/amendment-to-the-privacy-of-consumer-financial-information-rule-under-the-gramm-leach-bliley-act
2015-07-02Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Portable Hook-On ChairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer...2015-16330"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16330.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/02/2015-16330/safety-standard-for-portable-hook-on-chairsThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for portable hook-on chairs (``hook-on chairs'') in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to include an additional CFR part in the list of notice of requirements (``NORs'') issued by the Commission.
2015-06-24Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAmendment to the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley ActThe FTC proposes to amend the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule (Privacy Rule or Rule), which among other things requires that certain motor vehicle dealers provide an annual disclosure of their privacy policies to their customers by hand...2015-14328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-24/pdf/2015-14328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/24/2015-14328/amendment-to-the-privacy-of-consumer-financial-information-rule-under-the-gramm-leach-bliley-actThe FTC proposes to amend the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule (Privacy Rule or Rule), which among other things requires that certain motor vehicle dealers provide an annual disclosure of their privacy policies to their customers by hand delivery, mail, electronic delivery, or, alternatively through a Web site, but only with the consent of the consumer. The amendment would allow motor vehicle dealers instead to notify their customers that a privacy policy is available on their Web site, under certain circumstances. The amendment would also revise the scope and definitions in this rule in light of the transfer of part of the Commission's rulemaking authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but retains certain examples for purposes of the FTC's Safeguards Rule.
2015-05-22Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Architectural Glazing MaterialsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is proposing an amendment to the Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials (16 CFR part 1201) to clarify certain test procedures specified in the standard. The CPSC proposes...2015-12438"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-22/pdf/2015-12438.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/22/2015-12438/safety-standard-for-architectural-glazing-materialsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is proposing an amendment to the Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials (16 CFR part 1201) to clarify certain test procedures specified in the standard. The CPSC proposes to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products, set forth in 16 CFR 1201.4, with the testing procedures contained in the voluntary standard, ANSI Z97.1-2009[egr]\2\, American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings-- Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.
2015-05-06RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRevisions to Rules of PracticeThe Commission is revising certain of its rules of practice to accommodate changes to the Commission's electronic filing system, to eliminate outdated requirements, and to improve clarity.2015-10517"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/pdf/2015-10517.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/06/2015-10517/revisions-to-rules-of-practiceThe Commission is revising certain of its rules of practice to accommodate changes to the Commission's electronic filing system, to eliminate outdated requirements, and to improve clarity.
2015-05-04RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSubstantial Product Hazard List: Seasonal and Decorative Lighting ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient...2015-10342"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/pdf/2015-10342.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/04/2015-10342/substantial-product-hazard-list-seasonal-and-decorative-lighting-productsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA''). Additionally, the Commission is making a technical amendment to reformat incorporations by reference in this part.
2015-04-08Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionPetition Requesting Rulemaking To Amend the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing TextilesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) has received a petition requesting amendments to the test procedure in the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, 16 CFR part 1610. Petitioner requests changes in the requirements...2015-07907"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/pdf/2015-07907.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/08/2015-07907/petition-requesting-rulemaking-to-amend-the-standard-for-the-flammability-of-clothing-textilesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) has received a petition requesting amendments to the test procedure in the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, 16 CFR part 1610. Petitioner requests changes in the requirements for preparation of clothing textiles for flammability testing. The Commission invites comments concerning the petition.
2015-04-07Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRecreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written...2015-07910"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07910.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/07/2015-07910/recreational-off-highway-vehicles-rovs-notice-of-extension-of-comment-periodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written comments by February 2, 2015. In response to two requests for an extension, the Commission extended the comment period to April 8, 2015. In response to two requests for an additional extension, the Commission is extending the comment period to June 19, 2015.
2015-03-31RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRevisions to Rules of PracticeThe Federal Trade Commission published final rules on March 23, 2015, revising certain of its rules of practice. This document makes a technical correction to those final rules.2015-07117"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-31/pdf/2015-07117.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/31/2015-07117/revisions-to-rules-of-practiceThe Federal Trade Commission published final rules on March 23, 2015, revising certain of its rules of practice. This document makes a technical correction to those final rules.
2015-03-31RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act RegulationThe Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (CGBPA or the Act) adopted the child-resistance requirements for closures on portable gasoline containers--found in the 2005 version of the applicable ASTM rule, F2517-05--as a consumer product safety rule....2015-07151"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-31/pdf/2015-07151.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/31/2015-07151/childrens-gasoline-burn-prevention-act-regulationThe Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (CGBPA or the Act) adopted the child-resistance requirements for closures on portable gasoline containers--found in the 2005 version of the applicable ASTM rule, F2517-05--as a consumer product safety rule. The 2005 ASTM standard was recently revised. Under the Act, the consumer product standard for portable gasoline containers will, by operation of law, incorporate the 2015 revisions to the child-resistance requirements unless the Commission finds that the revisions do not carry out the purposes of the CGBPA's requirements. The Commission has not found that the revisions fail to carry out the purposes of the CGBPA's requirements. As a result, the 2015 revisions to the child-resistance requirements will be automatically incorporated and apply as the statutorily-mandated standard for closures on portable gasoline containers. This direct final rule is to codify certain sections of the 2015 standard to eliminate potential confusion as to the applicable standard.
2015-03-27RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergyGuide Labels on TelevisionsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required EnergyGuide labels on televisions.2015-07070"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/pdf/2015-07070.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/27/2015-07070/energyguide-labels-on-televisionsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required EnergyGuide labels on televisions.
2015-03-23RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRevisions to Rules of PracticeThe Commission is revising certain of its rules of practice to promote fairness, flexibility and efficiency in its investigations, studies, and adjudicative proceedings. These rule revisions include a revision to the rule governing the status of cases...2015-06406"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/pdf/2015-06406.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/23/2015-06406/revisions-to-rules-of-practiceThe Commission is revising certain of its rules of practice to promote fairness, flexibility and efficiency in its investigations, studies, and adjudicative proceedings. These rule revisions include a revision to the rule governing the status of cases in administrative adjudication following a district court's denial of preliminary injunctive relief in an ancillary proceeding. Other changes include revisions to the list of Commission officials who have authority to modify the terms and timeframe for compliance with compulsory process, and a change to the deadline for the Commission to dispose of petitions to limit or quash compulsory process. In addition, the Commission is updating its procedures for accessing public records and list of exempt Privacy Act systems.
2015-03-20Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates; Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on December 30, 2014, proposing to prohibit children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates. The...2015-06389"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/pdf/2015-06389.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/20/2015-06389/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalates-notice-ofThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on December 30, 2014, proposing to prohibit children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates. The NPR invited the public to submit comments; the comment period as set in the NPR ends March 16, 2015. The Commission is extending the comment period until April 15, 2015.
2015-03-02RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Frame Child CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2015-03717"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/pdf/2015-03717.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/02/2015-03717/safety-standard-for-frame-child-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standards if the Commission determines that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the products. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for frame child carriers in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the mandatory standard for frame child carriers in the list of Notices of Requirements (NOR) issued by the Commission.
2015-02-03Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSubstantial Product Hazard List: Extension CordsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that extension cords (both indoor and outdoor use extension cords) that do not contain one or more readily observable characteristics set forth in the proposed...2015-02021"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/pdf/2015-02021.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/03/2015-02021/substantial-product-hazard-list-extension-cordsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that extension cords (both indoor and outdoor use extension cords) that do not contain one or more readily observable characteristics set forth in the proposed rule constitute a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The rule would amend 16 CFR part 1120, which lists products that the Commission has determined present a substantial product hazard if the products have or lack specified characteristics that are readily observable, have been addressed by a voluntary standard, such standard has been effective in reducing the risk of injury associated with the product, and there is substantial compliance with the standard.
2015-02-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling ActBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Commission proposes amending the rules and regulations promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``Rules'') to modernize the...2015-01629"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/pdf/2015-01629.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/02/2015-01629/rules-regulations-statements-of-general-policy-or-interpretation-and-exemptions-under-the-fairBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Commission proposes amending the rules and regulations promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``Rules'') to modernize the place-of-business listing requirement; incorporate a more comprehensive metric chart; address the use of exponents with customary inch/pound measurements; delete outdated prohibitions on retail price sales representations; and acknowledge the role of the weights-and-measures laws of individual states. The Commission seeks comment on these proposals.
2015-01-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleIn a November 28, 2014, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``SNPRM''), the FTC proposed further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') following a review of public comments concerning its...2015-01517"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/pdf/2015-01517.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/28/2015-01517/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleIn a November 28, 2014, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``SNPRM''), the FTC proposed further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') following a review of public comments concerning its December 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''). In response to a December 31, 2014, request, the Commission is extending the comment period announced in the November 2014 SNPRM from January 30, 2015, to March 17, 2015.
2015-01-23Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRecreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Extension of Comment PeriodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written...2015-01110"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/pdf/2015-01110.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/23/2015-01110/recreational-off-highway-vehicles-rovs-notice-of-extension-of-comment-periodThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written comments by February 2, 2015. In response to two requests for an extension, the Commission is extending the comment period.
2015-01-09RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTrade Regulation Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other LocationsThe Federal Trade Commission amends the Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations (``Cooling-Off Rule'' or ``Rule''). The final Rule adopts with modifications the Commission's proposal to increase the...2015-00164"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00164.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/09/2015-00164/trade-regulation-rule-concerning-cooling-off-period-for-sales-made-at-homes-or-at-certain-otherThe Federal Trade Commission amends the Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations (``Cooling-Off Rule'' or ``Rule''). The final Rule adopts with modifications the Commission's proposal to increase the exclusionary limit for all door-to-door sales. Under the final Rule, the revised definition of ``door-to-door sale'' distinguishes between sales at a buyer's residence and those at other locations. First, the revised definition retains coverage for sales made at a buyer's residence that have a purchase price of $25 or more. Second, the revised definition covers sales at other locations that have a purchase price of $130 or more.
2014-12-31Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Energy Labeling Rule”)The Commission seeks comments on labeling for several miscellaneous refrigeration products not covered by existing labeling requirements. The Commission seeks comments on whether labels for these products would assist consumers in their purchasing...2014-30572"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-31/pdf/2014-30572.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/31/2014-30572/energy-and-water-use-labeling-for-consumer-products-under-the-energy-policy-and-conservation-actThe Commission seeks comments on labeling for several miscellaneous refrigeration products not covered by existing labeling requirements. The Commission seeks comments on whether labels for these products would assist consumers in their purchasing decisions. Preliminary DOE analysis suggests labeling would benefit consumers and be economically and technologically feasible.
2014-12-31Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRecreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of Comments; CorrectionThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) published a document in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014, announcing that on January 7, 2015, the Commission will provide an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments...2014-30515"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-31/pdf/2014-30515.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/31/2014-30515/recreational-off-highway-vehicles-rovs-notice-of-opportunity-for-oral-presentation-of-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) published a document in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014, announcing that on January 7, 2015, the Commission will provide an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued, which proposes a standard to reduce the risk of injury associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The location for the meeting has changed.
2014-12-30Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionProhibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified PhthalatesSection 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to study the effects on children's health...2014-29967"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/pdf/2014-29967.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/30/2014-29967/prohibition-of-childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-specified-phthalatesSection 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to study the effects on children's health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children's toys and child care articles and to provide recommendations to the Commission regarding whether any phthalates or phthalate alternatives other than those already permanently prohibited should be prohibited. The CPSIA requires the Commission to promulgate a final rule after receiving the final CHAP report. The Commission is proposing this rule pursuant to section 108(b) of the CPSIA.
2014-12-29RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Energy Labeling Rule)Consistent with proposed amendments published in a June 18, 2014 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), the Commission updates its label requirements for heating and cooling equipment and removes information from furnace labels about...2014-30135"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/pdf/2014-30135.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/29/2014-30135/energy-and-water-use-labeling-for-consumer-products-under-the-energy-policy-and-conservation-actConsistent with proposed amendments published in a June 18, 2014 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), the Commission updates its label requirements for heating and cooling equipment and removes information from furnace labels about regional conservation standards.
2014-12-03Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRecreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard to reduce the...2014-28381"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/pdf/2014-28381.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/03/2014-28381/recreational-off-highway-vehicles-rovs-notice-of-opportunity-for-oral-presentation-of-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard to reduce the risk of injury associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
2014-11-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleThe FTC is proposing further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') that would require dealers to indicate on the Buyers Guide whether they obtained a vehicle history report, and, if so, to provide a...2014-28000"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-28000.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/28/2014-28000/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleThe FTC is proposing further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') that would require dealers to indicate on the Buyers Guide whether they obtained a vehicle history report, and, if so, to provide a copy of the report to consumers who request it; revise the Buyers Guide statement describing the meaning of an ``As Is'' sale in which a dealer offers a vehicle for sale without a warranty; and move boxes to the front of the Buyers Guide for dealers to indicate whether non-dealer warranties apply to a vehicle. Based on the FTC's review of the public comments, the Commission proposes these amendments to promote consumer access to vehicle history information, to clarify the meaning of ``As Is'' in the sale of used vehicles without warranties, and to make disclosures concerning non-dealer warranties more prominent. The FTC is not adopting any final amendments to the Used Car Rule at this time. It continues to consider comments submitted in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') published in December 2012 and seeks additional comments in this SNPRM.
2014-11-25Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule: AgeCheq Application for Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this request for public comment concerning a proposed parental consent method submitted by AgeCheq Inc. (``AgeCheq'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy...2014-27803"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-25/pdf/2014-27803.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/25/2014-27803/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-agecheq-application-for-parental-consent-methodThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this request for public comment concerning a proposed parental consent method submitted by AgeCheq Inc. (``AgeCheq'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. This is the second proposed new method submitted by AgeCheq.
2014-11-25RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRetail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices RuleThe FTC has completed its regulatory review of its Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices Rule (``Unavailability Rule'' or ``Rule''). After reviewing public comments regarding the Rule's overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and...2014-27798"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-25/pdf/2014-27798.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/25/2014-27798/retail-food-store-advertising-and-marketing-practices-ruleThe FTC has completed its regulatory review of its Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices Rule (``Unavailability Rule'' or ``Rule''). After reviewing public comments regarding the Rule's overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, the Commission retains the Rule. The Commission, however, takes this opportunity to issue guidance concerning the Rule's coverage. The Commission also corrects a typographical error, and ceases to publish dissents to the Rule's previous amendment.
2014-11-20RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRequirements for Child-Resistant Packaging: Products Containing Specified Imidazolines Equivalent to 0.08 Milligrams or More; Extension of Stay of EnforcementThis document announces the Commission's decision to extend the conditional stay of enforcement of special packaging requirements for over-the-counter and prescription products containing the equivalent of 0.08 milligrams or more of a specified...2014-27378"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27378.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/20/2014-27378/requirements-for-child-resistant-packaging-products-containing-specified-imidazolines-equivalent-toThis document announces the Commission's decision to extend the conditional stay of enforcement of special packaging requirements for over-the-counter and prescription products containing the equivalent of 0.08 milligrams or more of a specified imidazoline (tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline, oxymetazoline, or xylometazoline) in a single package. Firms that meet the conditions of the stay have until June 10, 2015 to comply with the special packaging requirements.
2014-11-19Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). To address these risks, the Commission proposes a rule that...2014-26500"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-19/pdf/2014-26500.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/19/2014-26500/safety-standard-for-recreational-off-highway-vehicles-rovsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). To address these risks, the Commission proposes a rule that includes: lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that specify a minimum level of rollover resistance for ROVs and require that ROVs exhibit sublimit understeer characteristics; occupant retention requirements that would limit the maximum speed of an ROV to no more than 15 miles per hour (mph), unless the seat belts of both the driver and front passengers, if any, are fastened, and would require ROVs to have a passive means, such as a barrier or structure, to limit further the ejection of a belted occupant in the event of a rollover; and information requirements.
2014-10-16Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSubstantial Product Hazard List: Seasonal and Decorative Lighting ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain one or more of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain...2014-24378"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/pdf/2014-24378.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/16/2014-24378/substantial-product-hazard-list-seasonal-and-decorative-lighting-productsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain one or more of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection) constitute a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
2014-10-10Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales RuleIn an August 11, 2014, Federal Register Notice, as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') sought public comment on the efficacy, costs, and benefits of the...2014-24247"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24247.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/10/2014-24247/telemarketing-sales-ruleIn an August 11, 2014, Federal Register Notice, as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') sought public comment on the efficacy, costs, and benefits of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR''), and whether the Commission should retain, modify, or rescind it. The Notice stated that comments must be received on or before October 14, 2014. In response to a request received on September 29, 2014, the Commission has decided to extend the comment period, which will now close on November 13, 2014.
2014-10-03RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionFinal Rule: Safety Standard for Magnet SetsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a rule establishing requirements for magnet sets and individual magnets that are intended or marketed to be used with or as magnet sets. As defined in the rule, magnet sets are...2014-23341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/pdf/2014-23341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/03/2014-23341/final-rule-safety-standard-for-magnet-setsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a rule establishing requirements for magnet sets and individual magnets that are intended or marketed to be used with or as magnet sets. As defined in the rule, magnet sets are aggregations of separable magnetic objects that are marketed or commonly used as a manipulative or construction item for entertainment, such as puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation, or stress relief. Under the rule, if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the CPSC's small parts cylinder, each magnet in the magnet set must have a flux index of 50 kG\2\ mm\2\ or less. An individual magnet that is marketed or intended for use as part of a magnet set also must meet these requirements. The flux index is determined by the method described in ASTM F963-11, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
2014-09-29RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and ServicesThe Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') previously published in the Federal Register a request for public comments on the overall costs and benefits of and the continuing need for its Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising...2014-23137"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-29/pdf/2014-23137.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/29/2014-23137/guides-for-advertising-allowances-and-other-merchandising-payments-and-servicesThe Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') previously published in the Federal Register a request for public comments on the overall costs and benefits of and the continuing need for its Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services (``the Guides''). The Commission issued this request as part of its program for periodic review of its rules and guides to ensure they are up-to-date, effective, and not overly burdensome.
2014-09-17RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionMail or Telephone Order Merchandise RuleThe Commission adopts final amendments to its Trade Regulation Rule previously entitled ``Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise,'' including revising its name to ``Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise'' (the ``Rule''). The final Rule is based...2014-22092"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/pdf/2014-22092.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/17/2014-22092/mail-or-telephone-order-merchandise-ruleThe Commission adopts final amendments to its Trade Regulation Rule previously entitled ``Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise,'' including revising its name to ``Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise'' (the ``Rule''). The final Rule is based upon the comments received in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''), a Staff Report, and other information. This document contains the text of the final Rule and the Rule's Statement of Basis and Purpose (``SBP''), including a Regulatory Analysis.
2014-09-04RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register of August 12, 2014, which amends the Energy Labeling Rule by updating comparability ranges for certain heating and cooling products and making...2014-20842"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/pdf/2014-20842.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/04/2014-20842/energy-labeling-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register of August 12, 2014, which amends the Energy Labeling Rule by updating comparability ranges for certain heating and cooling products and making conforming changes to the Rule's sample labels.
2014-08-29Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule: AgeCheq Application for Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this request for public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AgeCheq Inc. (``AgeCheq'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy...2014-20645"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-29/pdf/2014-20645.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/29/2014-20645/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-agecheq-application-for-parental-consent-methodThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this request for public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AgeCheq Inc. (``AgeCheq'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2014-08-29RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule FeesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call...2014-20745"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-29/pdf/2014-20745.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/29/2014-20745/telemarketing-sales-rule-feesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
2014-08-12RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required labels on central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces.2014-18501"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-12/pdf/2014-18501.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/12/2014-18501/energy-labeling-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by publishing new ranges of comparability for required labels on central air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces.
2014-08-11Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales RuleThe Commission requests public comment on its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.2014-18505"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/pdf/2014-18505.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/11/2014-18505/telemarketing-sales-ruleThe Commission requests public comment on its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
2014-07-31RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRule Concerning the Use of Prenotification Negative Option PlansThe Federal Trade Commission has completed its regulatory review of the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, and...2014-17978"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-17978.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/31/2014-17978/rule-concerning-the-use-of-prenotification-negative-option-plansThe Federal Trade Commission has completed its regulatory review of the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its current form.
2014-07-23Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Sling CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2014-16792"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-23/pdf/2014-16792.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/23/2014-16792/safety-standard-for-sling-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for sling carriers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2014-07-14RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts IndustryThe Commission has completed its review of the Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry (Used Auto Parts Guides or Guides) and has determined to revise and retain the Guides.2014-16339"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/pdf/2014-16339.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/14/2014-16339/guides-for-the-rebuilt-reconditioned-and-other-used-automobile-parts-industryThe Commission has completed its review of the Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry (Used Auto Parts Guides or Guides) and has determined to revise and retain the Guides.
2014-07-14Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection ActThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs and benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, of its Rules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection Act (``Rules''), as part of the agency's regular review...2014-16340"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/pdf/2014-16340.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/14/2014-16340/rules-and-regulations-under-the-hobby-protection-actThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs and benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, of its Rules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection Act (``Rules''), as part of the agency's regular review of all its regulations and guides.
2014-07-03Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionWorkshop on Electronic Filing of Certificates as Included in Proposed Rule on Certificates of ComplianceThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) staff is holding a workshop on aspects of the Commission's proposed rule on Certificates of Compliance (certificates), which the Commission published on May 13, 2013. Among other...2014-15241"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-03/pdf/2014-15241.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/03/2014-15241/workshop-on-electronic-filing-of-certificates-as-included-in-proposed-rule-on-certificates-ofThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) staff is holding a workshop on aspects of the Commission's proposed rule on Certificates of Compliance (certificates), which the Commission published on May 13, 2013. Among other things, the Commission proposed to require electronic filing of certificates for regulated imported consumer products with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the time of filing the CBP entry or the time of filing the entry and entry summary, if both are filed together. The workshop will focus on this aspect of the proposed rule. We invite interested parties to participate in, or attend the workshop, and to submit written comments.
2014-06-18Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleAs part of its regulatory review of the Energy Labeling Rule, the Federal Trade Commission proposes to expand coverage of the Lighting Facts label, change the current label categories for refrigerators, revise the ceiling fan label design, and require...2014-14058"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/pdf/2014-14058.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/18/2014-14058/energy-labeling-ruleAs part of its regulatory review of the Energy Labeling Rule, the Federal Trade Commission proposes to expand coverage of the Lighting Facts label, change the current label categories for refrigerators, revise the ceiling fan label design, and require room air conditioner labels on packaging instead of the units themselves.
2014-06-04RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939The Commission amends its rules and regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules'' or ``Rules'') to conform to the requirements of the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, which...2014-12736"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-04/pdf/2014-12736.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/04/2014-12736/rules-and-regulations-under-the-wool-products-labeling-act-of-1939The Commission amends its rules and regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules'' or ``Rules'') to conform to the requirements of the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, which revised the labeling requirements for cashmere and certain other wool products, and align with the amended rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'').
2014-06-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAutomotive Fuel Ratings, Certification, and PostingIn an April 4, 2014 Federal Register Notice, the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') proposed amending its Fuel Rating Rule to provide revised rating, certification, and labeling requirements for blends of gasoline and more than 10 percent...2014-12759"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-03/pdf/2014-12759.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/03/2014-12759/automotive-fuel-ratings-certification-and-postingIn an April 4, 2014 Federal Register Notice, the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') proposed amending its Fuel Rating Rule to provide revised rating, certification, and labeling requirements for blends of gasoline and more than 10 percent ethanol (``ethanol blends'') and an additional octane rating method for gasoline. The NPRM requested comments on the proposed amendments, and stated that comments must be received on or before June 2, 2014. In response to a request to extend the comment period received on May 20, 2014, the Commission is extending the comment period from June 2, 2014 to July 2, 2014.
2014-05-28RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRegulations Under the Fur Products Labeling ActThe Federal Trade Commission amends its Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act to update the Fur Products Name Guide, provide more labeling flexibility, incorporate Truth in Fur Labeling Act provisions, and conform the guaranty provisions to...2014-11047"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-28/pdf/2014-11047.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/28/2014-11047/regulations-under-the-fur-products-labeling-actThe Federal Trade Commission amends its Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act to update the Fur Products Name Guide, provide more labeling flexibility, incorporate Truth in Fur Labeling Act provisions, and conform the guaranty provisions to those governing textiles. The Commission does not change the required name for nyctereutes procyonoides fur products. Labels will continue to describe this animal as ``Asiatic Raccoon.''
2014-05-16Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Frame Child CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2014-11193"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-16/pdf/2014-11193.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/16/2014-11193/safety-standard-for-frame-child-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for frame child carriers in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In addition, the Commission is proposing an amendment to the list of Notice of Requirements (NOR) issued by the Commission.
2014-05-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New AutomobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') resumes its regulatory review of the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide''). The Commission seeks comments on potential amendments to...2014-10889"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-15/pdf/2014-10889.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/15/2014-10889/guide-concerning-fuel-economy-advertising-for-new-automobilesThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') resumes its regulatory review of the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide''). The Commission seeks comments on potential amendments to update the Guide to reflect changes to the Environmental Protection Agency's (``EPA'') fuel economy labeling rules, address advertising for alternative fueled vehicles, and consider other advertising claims prevalent in the market.
2014-05-06RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules''), and the Premerger Notification and Report Form and associated Instructions (``Form and Instructions'') to reflect the new address of the...2014-09821"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-06/pdf/2014-09821.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/06/2014-09821/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules''), and the Premerger Notification and Report Form and associated Instructions (``Form and Instructions'') to reflect the new address of the Commission's Premerger Notification Office (the ``PNO'').
2014-04-09RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Energy Labeling Rule”)The Commission issues conforming amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to require a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions and establish data reporting requirements for those products.2014-07739"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-09/pdf/2014-07739.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/09/2014-07739/energy-and-water-use-labeling-for-consumer-products-under-the-energy-policy-and-conservation-actThe Commission issues conforming amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to require a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions and establish data reporting requirements for those products.
2014-04-04RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification ActThe Commission amends the rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'' or ``Rules'') to incorporate the updated International Organization for Standardization (``ISO'') standard 2076:2010(E); allow...2014-07518"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-04/pdf/2014-07518.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/04/2014-07518/rules-and-regulations-under-the-textile-fiber-products-identification-actThe Commission amends the rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'' or ``Rules'') to incorporate the updated International Organization for Standardization (``ISO'') standard 2076:2010(E); allow certain hang- tags that do not disclose the product's full fiber content; better address electronic commerce by amending the definition of the terms ``invoice'' and ``invoice or other paper''; update the guaranty provisions by, among other things, replacing the requirement that suppliers provide a guaranty signed under penalty of perjury with a certification, and revising the form used to file continuing guaranties with the Commission under the Textile, Fur, and Wool Acts accordingly; and clarify several other provisions.
2014-04-04Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAutomotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and PostingThe Commission proposes amendments to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Fuel Rating Rule'' or ``Rule'') that would adopt and revise rating, certification, and labeling requirements for ethanol-gasoline blends and would...2014-07423"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-04/pdf/2014-07423.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/04/2014-07423/automotive-fuel-ratings-certification-and-postingThe Commission proposes amendments to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Fuel Rating Rule'' or ``Rule'') that would adopt and revise rating, certification, and labeling requirements for ethanol-gasoline blends and would allow an alternative octane rating method. The proposed amendments further the Rule's goal of helping purchasers identify the correct fuel for their vehicles.
2014-03-28RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Soft Infant and Toddler CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product...2014-06771"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-28/pdf/2014-06771.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/28/2014-06771/safety-standard-for-soft-infant-and-toddler-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. Durable infant and toddler standards must be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing this final rule establishing a safety standard for soft infant and toddler carriers in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2014-03-21RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous RulesThe Federal Trade Commission is updating its regulations regarding fees for the provision of services in disseminating information and records to the public. The updates reflect changes in, and additions to, the types of services that the Federal Trade...2014-05955"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-21/pdf/2014-05955.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/21/2014-05955/freedom-of-information-act-miscellaneous-rulesThe Federal Trade Commission is updating its regulations regarding fees for the provision of services in disseminating information and records to the public. The updates reflect changes in, and additions to, the types of services that the Federal Trade Commission provides, and account for changes in the costs of providing such services.
2014-03-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Safe Harbor Proposed Self-Regulatory Guidelines; iKeepSafe COPPA Safe Harbor Program ApplicationThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this notice and request for public comment concerning proposed self-regulatory guidelines submitted by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (``iKeepSafe''), under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online...2014-06035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-19/pdf/2014-06035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/19/2014-06035/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-safe-harbor-proposed-self-regulatory-guidelines-ikeepsafeThe Federal Trade Commission publishes this notice and request for public comment concerning proposed self-regulatory guidelines submitted by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (``iKeepSafe''), under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2014-03-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling ActThe Commission systematically reviews its rules and guides to ensure they continue to achieve their intended purpose without unduly burdening commerce. As part of this systematic review, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs,...2014-06066"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-19/pdf/2014-06066.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/19/2014-06066/rules-regulations-statements-of-general-policy-or-interpretation-and-exemptions-under-the-fairThe Commission systematically reviews its rules and guides to ensure they continue to achieve their intended purpose without unduly burdening commerce. As part of this systematic review, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's Rules, Regulations, Statements of General Policy or Interpretation and Exemptions under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``FPLA'' or ``Act'').
2014-03-11RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionAdjustments to Civil Penalty AmountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is increasing certain civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction, as required by law. These adjustments reflect inflation since the penalty amounts were last adjusted.2014-05266"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-11/pdf/2014-05266.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/11/2014-05266/adjustments-to-civil-penalty-amountsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is increasing certain civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction, as required by law. These adjustments reflect inflation since the penalty amounts were last adjusted.
2014-03-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Carriages and StrollersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2014-05065"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-10/pdf/2014-05065.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/10/2014-05065/safety-standard-for-carriages-and-strollersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standards if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the products. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for carriages and strollers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2014-02-26Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionInformation Disclosure Under Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety ActThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to update the regulation that interprets section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). In 1983, the Commission issued a...2014-03600"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-26/pdf/2014-03600.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/26/2014-03600/information-disclosure-under-section-6b-of-the-consumer-product-safety-actThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to update the regulation that interprets section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). In 1983, the Commission issued a regulation interpreting the provisions of section 6(b) of the CPSA, and we are proposing to modernize that regulation to account for the significant improvements in information technology that have occurred since the regulation's adoption. We are also proposing to streamline the regulation to be as closely aligned with section 6(b) as possible, while maintaining our compliance with the statutory requirements and the protections of section 6(b)(5) for information filed in accordance with the requirements of section 15(b) of the CPSA. This NPR seeks comments on the proposed changes to the regulation.
2014-02-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPublic Roundtable Analyzing Proposed Changes to the Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as AmendedThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public roundtable relating to its September 20, 2012 proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule. The roundtable will explore issues relating to professional wetcleaning, care...2014-03531"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-19/pdf/2014-03531.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/19/2014-03531/public-roundtable-analyzing-proposed-changes-to-the-trade-regulation-rule-on-care-labeling-ofThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public roundtable relating to its September 20, 2012 proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule. The roundtable will explore issues relating to professional wetcleaning, care symbols, the Rule's reasonable basis requirements, and other issues raised in comments received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''). The roundtable originally scheduled on October 1, 2013 was cancelled due to the government shutdown.
2014-02-14RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles; Administration and Enforcement Regulations: Final Rule; Revisions to Supplemental Definition of “Strong Sensitizer”The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) amends it regulations to revise the supplemental definition of ``strong sensitizer'' under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The revised definition of ``strong sensitizer''...2014-03260"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-14/pdf/2014-03260.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/14/2014-03260/hazardous-substances-and-articles-administration-and-enforcement-regulations-final-rule-revisions-toThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) amends it regulations to revise the supplemental definition of ``strong sensitizer'' under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The revised definition of ``strong sensitizer'' eliminates redundancy, removes certain subjective factors, incorporates new and anticipated technology, places the criteria for classification of strong sensitizers in the order of importance, defines criteria for ``severity of reaction,'' and provides for the use of a weight-of- evidence approach to determine whether a substance is a strong sensitizer.
2014-01-15RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Bedside SleepersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2014-00597"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-15/pdf/2014-00597.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/01/15/2014-00597/safety-standard-for-bedside-sleepersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for bedside sleepers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2013-12-26Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Energy Labeling Rule”)The Commission proposes conforming amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to require a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions and establish data reporting requirements for those products.2013-30633"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/pdf/2013-30633.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/26/2013-30633/energy-and-water-use-labeling-for-consumer-products-under-the-energy-policy-and-conservation-actThe Commission proposes conforming amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to require a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions and establish data reporting requirements for those products.
2013-12-24RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles; CorrectionThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of October 23, 2013 (78 FR 63019). The document established a standard for bassinets and cradles that incorporates by...2013-30527"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-24/pdf/2013-30527.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/24/2013-30527/safety-standard-for-bassinets-and-cradles-correctionThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of October 23, 2013 (78 FR 63019). The document established a standard for bassinets and cradles that incorporates by reference ASTM F2194-13, with certain modifications. The Commission is correcting two references to sections of ASTM F2194-13.
2013-12-20RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection RuleThe Federal Trade Commission published final rule amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule on January 17, 2013 to update the requirements set forth in the notice, parental consent, confidentiality and security, and safe harbor...2013-30293"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-20/pdf/2013-30293.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/20/2013-30293/childrens-online-privacy-protection-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission published final rule amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule on January 17, 2013 to update the requirements set forth in the notice, parental consent, confidentiality and security, and safe harbor provisions. This document makes a technical correction in that final rule.
2013-12-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule; Notice of Termination of Caller ID RulemakingAfter reviewing the public comments elicited by an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR'') seeking suggestions on ways to enhance the effectiveness and enforceability of the caller identification (``Caller ID'') requirements of the...2013-30290"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-20/pdf/2013-30290.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/20/2013-30290/telemarketing-sales-rule-notice-of-termination-of-caller-id-rulemakingAfter reviewing the public comments elicited by an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR'') seeking suggestions on ways to enhance the effectiveness and enforceability of the caller identification (``Caller ID'') requirements of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR''), as well as technical presentations at the FTC's 2012 Robocall Summit, the Commission has determined that amending the TSR would not reduce the incidence of the falsification, or ``spoofing,'' of Caller ID information in telemarketing calls. Accordingly, the Commission is closing this proceeding.
2013-12-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; iVeriFly, Inc., Application for Approval of Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by iVeriFly, Inc. (``iVeriFly'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.2013-30287"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-20/pdf/2013-30287.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/20/2013-30287/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-proposed-parental-consent-method-iverifly-inc-applicationThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by iVeriFly, Inc. (``iVeriFly'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2013-12-09RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevisions to Safety Standards for Infant Bath Seats, Toddler Beds, and Full-Size Baby CribsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) has published...2013-29226"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-09/pdf/2013-29226.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/09/2013-29226/revisions-to-safety-standards-for-infant-bath-seats-toddler-beds-and-full-size-baby-cribsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) has published consumer product safety standards for numerous durable infant or toddler products, including infant bath seats, toddler beds, and full-size baby cribs. These standards incorporated by reference the ASTM voluntary standards associated with the products, with some modifications. In August 2011, Congress enacted Public Law 112-28, which sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, the CPSC is publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standards for infant bath seats, toddler beds, and full-size cribs, to incorporate by reference more recent versions of the applicable ASTM standards.
2013-12-06RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Hand-Held Infant CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer...2013-29061"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-06/pdf/2013-29061.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/06/2013-29061/safety-standard-for-hand-held-infant-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for hand-held infant carriers in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA. The rule would incorporate ASTM F2050-13a by reference, with one modification.
2013-12-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling ActThe Commission grants an eight (8) day extension until December 3, 2013 for filing public comments in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on September 20, 2013 (``NPRM'').2013-28662"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-02/pdf/2013-28662.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/02/2013-28662/rules-and-regulations-under-the-wool-products-labeling-actThe Commission grants an eight (8) day extension until December 3, 2013 for filing public comments in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on September 20, 2013 (``NPRM'').
2013-11-21Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionVoluntary Remedial Actions and Guidelines for Voluntary Recall NoticesIn this document, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) proposes an interpretive rule to set forth principles and guidelines for the content and form of voluntary recall notices that firms provide as part of corrective action...2013-27656"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-21/pdf/2013-27656.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/21/2013-27656/voluntary-remedial-actions-and-guidelines-for-voluntary-recall-noticesIn this document, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) proposes an interpretive rule to set forth principles and guidelines for the content and form of voluntary recall notices that firms provide as part of corrective action plans under Section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The Commission has issued regulations interpreting the requirements of section 15 of the CPSA. The existing regulations provide for notice to the public of the corrective action that a firm agrees to undertake. The regulations, however, do not provide any guidance regarding the information that should be included in a recall notice issued as part of a corrective action plan agreement. The proposed rule would set forth the Commission's expectations for voluntary remedial actions and recall notices, bearing in mind that certain elements of product recalls vary and each notice should be tailored appropriately. The proposed rule also would provide that, when appropriate, a corrective action plan negotiated under our regulations may include compliance program-related requirements.
2013-11-18RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for Private Vocational and Distance Education SchoolsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools (``Vocational School Guides'' or ``Guides'') as part of its systematic review of all...2013-27195"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-18/pdf/2013-27195.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/18/2013-27195/guides-for-private-vocational-and-distance-education-schoolsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools (``Vocational School Guides'' or ``Guides'') as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides and issues its revisions.
2013-11-15RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC''), with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice (the ``Assistant Attorney General'' or the ``Antitrust Division'') (together the ``Agencies''),...2013-27027"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-15/pdf/2013-27027.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/15/2013-27027/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC''), with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice (the ``Assistant Attorney General'' or the ``Antitrust Division'') (together the ``Agencies''), is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules'') in order to provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of rights to a patent or part of a patent in the pharmaceutical, including biologics, and medicine manufacturing industry (North American Industry Classification System Industry Group 3254) (``pharmaceutical industry'') is reportable under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act,'' ``HSR Act'' or ``HSR''). This final rule defines and applies the concepts of ``all commercially significant rights,'' ``limited manufacturing rights,'' and ``co-rights'' in determining whether the rights transferred with regard to a patent or a part of a patent in the pharmaceutical industry constitute a potentially reportable asset acquisition under the Act.
2013-11-07RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevocation of Certain Requirements Pertaining to Caps Intended for Use With Toy Guns and Toy Guns Not Intended for Use With CapsSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) deemed the provisions of ASTM International Standard F963, ``Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety'' (ASTM F963), to be consumer product safety standards issued...2013-26618"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-07/pdf/2013-26618.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/07/2013-26618/revocation-of-certain-requirements-pertaining-to-caps-intended-for-use-with-toy-guns-and-toy-gunsSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) deemed the provisions of ASTM International Standard F963, ``Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety'' (ASTM F963), to be consumer product safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we). Among other things, ASTM F963 contains provisions regarding sound-producing toys. Existing CPSC regulations pertaining to caps intended for use with toy guns refer to obsolete equipment, but the ASTM F963 provisions for sound-producing toys allow the use of a broader array of more precise and more readily available test equipment for sound measurement. In addition, the ASTM standard requires fewer measurements and permits use of more automated equipment that would increase the efficiency of testing. Because the existing regulations are obsolete and have been superseded by the requirements of ASTM F963, the final rule revokes the existing regulations pertaining to caps intended for use with toy guns and toy guns not intended for use with caps. The final rule is unchanged from the rule as proposed in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR).
2013-11-01RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionCommission Information Collection Requirements Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control NumbersThe FTC is codifying the control numbers that have been issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for information collection requirements in Commission rules that are approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Control numbers will be...2013-26059"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-01/pdf/2013-26059.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/11/01/2013-26059/commission-information-collection-requirements-under-the-paperwork-reduction-act-omb-control-numbersThe FTC is codifying the control numbers that have been issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for information collection requirements in Commission rules that are approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Control numbers will be centrally located in a table in our regulations.
2013-10-30RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act (FOIA); Miscellaneous Rules Redelegation of Authority To Determine Appeals Under the FOIAThe Commission is revising its rules to authorize the General Counsel to redelegate his or her authority to determine appeals related to the Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA''). The Commission is adopting these changes in order to improve and...2013-25709"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-30/pdf/2013-25709.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/30/2013-25709/freedom-of-information-act-foia-miscellaneous-rules-redelegation-of-authority-to-determine-appealsThe Commission is revising its rules to authorize the General Counsel to redelegate his or her authority to determine appeals related to the Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA''). The Commission is adopting these changes in order to improve and expedite the process for responding to such appeals. The changes will affect internal procedures only and are not intended to influence the outcomes of appeals made under the rules. The Commission is also adding a new provision that explicitly provides the right to appeal fee waiver determinations under the FOIA.
2013-10-29Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Applications for Approval of Proposed Parental Consent Methods by AssertID, Inc., Imperium LLC, and iVeriFly, Inc.; Application for Approval of Safe Harbor Program by kidSAFE Seal ProgramThe FTC is extending the deadlines for Commission determination of applications for approval of proposed parental consent methods by AssertID, Inc. (``AssertID''), Imperium LLC (``Imperium''), and iVeriFly, Inc. (``iVeriFly'') pursuant to the...2013-25452"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-29/pdf/2013-25452.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/29/2013-25452/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-applications-for-approval-of-proposed-parental-consentThe FTC is extending the deadlines for Commission determination of applications for approval of proposed parental consent methods by AssertID, Inc. (``AssertID''), Imperium LLC (``Imperium''), and iVeriFly, Inc. (``iVeriFly'') pursuant to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. In addition, the FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments concerning Imperium's application for approval of a parental consent method and the proposed self-regulatory guidelines submitted by the kidSAFE Seal Program (``kidSAFE''), owned and operated by Samet Privacy, LLC, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2013-10-23RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Bassinets and CradlesThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2013-24203"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-23/pdf/2013-24203.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/23/2013-24203/safety-standard-for-bassinets-and-cradlesThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is issuing a safety standard for bassinets and cradles in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2013-09-24Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionMagnet Sets; Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard to reduce the...2013-23138"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-24/pdf/2013-23138.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/24/2013-23138/magnet-sets-notice-of-opportunity-for-oral-presentation-of-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission) announces that there will be an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued proposing a standard to reduce the risk of injury associated with children ingesting magnets that are part of a magnet set. Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
2013-09-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939Based on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') proposes amending its rules and regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules''...2013-22919"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/pdf/2013-22919.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/20/2013-22919/rules-and-regulations-under-the-wool-products-labeling-act-of-1939Based on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') proposes amending its rules and regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules'' or ``Rules'') to: conform to the requirements of the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, which revised the labeling requirements for cashmere and certain other wool products; and align with the proposed amended rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules''). The Commission seeks comment on these proposals and several other issues.
2013-09-20Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCommission Participation and Commission Employee Involvement in Voluntary Standards ActivitiesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) is issuing a proposed rule that would amend the existing regulation on Commission participation and employee involvement in voluntary standards activities. Currently, Commission...2013-22805"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/pdf/2013-22805.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/20/2013-22805/commission-participation-and-commission-employee-involvement-in-voluntary-standards-activitiesThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) is issuing a proposed rule that would amend the existing regulation on Commission participation and employee involvement in voluntary standards activities. Currently, Commission rules allow employees to participate in voluntary standard development groups on a non-voting basis, and do not allow Commission employees to accept leadership positions in voluntary standard development groups. The proposed rule would remove these restrictions and would allow Commission employees to participate as voting members and to accept leadership positions in voluntary standard development groups, subject to prior approval by the Office of the Executive Director (OEX).
2013-09-18Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Safe Harbor Proposed Self-Regulatory Guidelines; kidSAFE Seal Program Application for Safe HarborThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed self-regulatory guidelines submitted by the kidSAFE Seal Program (``kidSAFE''), owned and operated by Samet Privacy, LLC, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's...2013-22638"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-18/pdf/2013-22638.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/18/2013-22638/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-safe-harbor-proposed-self-regulatory-guidelines-kidsafeThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed self-regulatory guidelines submitted by the kidSAFE Seal Program (``kidSAFE''), owned and operated by Samet Privacy, LLC, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2013-09-12Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; Imperium, LLC Application for Approval of Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Imperium, LLC (``Imperium'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.2013-22120"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-12/pdf/2013-22120.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/12/2013-22120/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-proposed-parental-consent-method-imperium-llc-applicationThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Imperium, LLC (``Imperium'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2013-09-05RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Federal Trade Commission published a final rule on July 23, 2013 revising its Energy Labeling Rule. This document makes a technical correction to the Sample Label 3 in Appendix L of the Rule.2013-21601"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-05/pdf/2013-21601.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/05/2013-21601/energy-labeling-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission published a final rule on July 23, 2013 revising its Energy Labeling Rule. This document makes a technical correction to the Sample Label 3 in Appendix L of the Rule.
2013-08-30RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule FeesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call...2013-21141"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-30/pdf/2013-21141.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/30/2013-21141/telemarketing-sales-rule-feesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
2013-08-26RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Cigarette Lighters; Adjusted Customs Value for Cigarette LightersThe Commission has a safety standard requiring that disposable and novelty lighters meet specified requirements for child resistance. The standard defines ``disposable lighters,'' in part, as refillable lighters that use butane or similar fuels and...2013-20747"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-26/pdf/2013-20747.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/26/2013-20747/safety-standard-for-cigarette-lighters-adjusted-customs-value-for-cigarette-lightersThe Commission has a safety standard requiring that disposable and novelty lighters meet specified requirements for child resistance. The standard defines ``disposable lighters,'' in part, as refillable lighters that use butane or similar fuels and have a Customs Value or ex-factory price below a threshold value (initially set at $2.00 in 1993). The standard provides that the initial $2.00 value adjusts every 5 years for inflation, as measured by the percentage change since June 1993, in the monthly Producer Price Index (PPI) for Miscellaneous Fabricated Products. The adjustment is rounded to the nearest $0.25 increment. The price adjusted in November 2003, when changes in the PPI from June 1993 to June 2003 indicated a revised Customs Value or ex- factory price of $2.25. Due to an increase in the PPI, the Customs Value or ex-factory price has recently adjusted to $2.50. This rule revises the cigarette lighter standard to state that the import value has adjusted to $2.50 based on the change to the PPI.
2013-08-21Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; AssertID, Inc. Application for Approval of Parental Consent MethodThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AssertID, Inc. (``AssertID'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.2013-20243"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-21/pdf/2013-20243.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/21/2013-20243/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-proposed-parental-consent-method-assertid-inc-applicationThe Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AssertID, Inc. (``AssertID'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
2013-08-19RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Play YardsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC or we) is issuing a final rule, amending the play yard mandatory standard. Currently, the CPSC play yard standard incorporates by reference ASTM F406-12a, Standard Consumer Safety...2013-19964"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-19/pdf/2013-19964.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/19/2013-19964/safety-standard-for-play-yardsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC or we) is issuing a final rule, amending the play yard mandatory standard. Currently, the CPSC play yard standard incorporates by reference ASTM F406-12a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards. In this final rule, the Commission is amending the play yard standard to incorporate by reference the most recent version of ASTM's play yard standard, ASTM F406-13. Through this amendment, the Commission is addressing hazards associated with misassembly of play yard bassinet accessories.
2013-07-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPublic Roundtable Analyzing Proposed Changes to the Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as AmendedThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public roundtable relating to its September 20, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') announcing proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule. The roundtable will explore...2013-18181"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-30/pdf/2013-18181.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/30/2013-18181/public-roundtable-analyzing-proposed-changes-to-the-trade-regulation-rule-on-care-labeling-ofThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is holding a public roundtable relating to its September 20, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') announcing proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule. The roundtable will explore issues relating to professional wetcleaning, care symbols, the Rule's reasonable basis requirements, and other issues raised in comments received in response to the NPRM.
2013-07-23RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Energy Labeling Rule)The Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating comparability ranges and unit energy costs for many EnergyGuide labels. The Commission also issues a conditional exemption and amendments for modified refrigerator and clothes washer...2013-17553"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-23/pdf/2013-17553.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/23/2013-17553/energy-and-water-use-labeling-for-consumer-products-under-the-energy-policy-and-conservation-actThe Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating comparability ranges and unit energy costs for many EnergyGuide labels. The Commission also issues a conditional exemption and amendments for modified refrigerator and clothes washer labels to help consumers compare the labels for these products after the implementation of upcoming changes to the Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedures.
2013-07-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Products Containing Lead; Procedures and Requirements for Exclusions From Lead Limits Under Section 101(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement ActThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is issuing this rule to amend its existing regulations pertaining to procedures and requirements for exclusions from lead limits under section 101(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement...2013-15944"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-10/pdf/2013-15944.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/10/2013-15944/childrens-products-containing-lead-procedures-and-requirements-for-exclusions-from-lead-limits-underThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is issuing this rule to amend its existing regulations pertaining to procedures and requirements for exclusions from lead limits under section 101(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) to reflect statutory changes mandated by Public Law 112-28.
2013-07-10RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to...2013-16539"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-10/pdf/2013-16539.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/10/2013-16539/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to obtain effective preliminary relief in federal court to prevent consummation. This final rulemaking sets forth the procedure for voluntarily withdrawing an HSR filing, establishes when an HSR filing will be automatically withdrawn if a filing publicly announcing the termination of a transaction is made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules promulgated under that act, and sets forth the procedure for resubmitting a filing after a withdrawal without incurring an additional filing fee.
2013-07-09Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC'') seeks public comment on proposed amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). The proposed amendments would: Bar sellers and telemarketers from accepting remotely created...2013-12886"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-09/pdf/2013-12886.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/09/2013-12886/telemarketing-sales-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC'') seeks public comment on proposed amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). The proposed amendments would: Bar sellers and telemarketers from accepting remotely created checks, remotely created payment orders, cash-to-cash money transfers, and cash reload mechanisms as payment in inbound or outbound telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban on ``recovery'' services, now limited to recovery of losses in prior telemarketing transactions, to include recovery of losses in any previous transaction; and clarify other TSR provisions as discussed at the outset of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
2013-06-24RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standards for Infant Walkers and Infant SwingsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) has published...2013-14991"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-24/pdf/2013-14991.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/24/2013-14991/safety-standards-for-infant-walkers-and-infant-swingsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) has published consumer product safety standards for numerous durable infant or toddler products, including infant walkers and infant swings. These standards incorporated by reference the ASTM voluntary standards associated with those products, with some modifications. In August 2011, Congress enacted legislation which sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, the CPSC is publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standards for infant walkers and infant swings, to incorporate by reference more recent versions of the applicable ASTM standards.
2013-06-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Fur Products Labeling ActTo promote consistency between the guaranty provisions in its Rules and Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act and those governing textile products, the Commission proposes amendments clarifying a signature requirement for separate guaranties...2013-14671"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-19/pdf/2013-14671.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/19/2013-14671/rules-and-regulations-under-the-fur-products-labeling-actTo promote consistency between the guaranty provisions in its Rules and Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act and those governing textile products, the Commission proposes amendments clarifying a signature requirement for separate guaranties and requiring guarantors to renew continuing guaranties annually.
2013-05-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules andRegulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification ActBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Commission proposes amending the rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'' or ``Rules'') to:...2013-10584"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-20/pdf/2013-10584.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/20/2013-10584/rules-andregulations-under-the-textile-fiber-products-identification-actBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Commission proposes amending the rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (``Textile Rules'' or ``Rules'') to: Incorporate the updated ISO standard 2076:2010(E); allow certain hang-tags that do not disclose the product's full fiber content information; better address electronic commerce by amending the definition of the terms invoice and invoice or other paper; update the guaranty provisions by, among other things, replacing the requirement that suppliers provide a guaranty signed under penalty of perjury with a certification that must be renewed annually, and revising accordingly the form used to file continuing guaranties with the Commission under the Textile, Fur, and Wool Acts; and clarify several other provisions. The Commission seeks comment on these proposals and several remaining issues.
2013-05-20Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Carriages and StrollersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2013-11638"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-20/pdf/2013-11638.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/20/2013-11638/safety-standard-for-carriages-and-strollersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for carriages and strollers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2013-05-13Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCertificates of ComplianceThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing a proposed rule that would amend the existing regulation on certificates of compliance. The proposed amendment is intended to update the rule to clarify...2013-11164"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-13/pdf/2013-11164.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/13/2013-11164/certificates-of-complianceThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) is issuing a proposed rule that would amend the existing regulation on certificates of compliance. The proposed amendment is intended to update the rule to clarify requirements in light of new regulations on testing and labeling pertaining to product certification, and component part testing. The proposed amendment would, among other things, use newly defined terms such as ``finished product certificate'' and ``component part certificate''; require that regulated finished products that are privately labeled be certified by the private labeler for products manufactured in the United States; clarify requirements for the form, content, and availability of certificates of compliance; and require that importers of regulated finished products manufactured outside of the United States file the required certificate electronically with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the time of filing the CBP entry or at the time of filing the entry and entry summary, if both are filed together.
2013-05-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries: Public RoundtableThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') will hold a public roundtable on June 19, 2013 to examine possible modifications to the FTC's Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries (``Jewelry Guides'' or ``Guides'')....2013-10580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-06/pdf/2013-10580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/06/2013-10580/guides-for-the-jewelry-precious-metals-and-pewter-industries-public-roundtableThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') will hold a public roundtable on June 19, 2013 to examine possible modifications to the FTC's Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries (``Jewelry Guides'' or ``Guides''). This Notice describes the issues the roundtable will examine and invites comments regarding the questions to be addressed.
2013-05-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionMail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule; Staff ReportThe FTC announces the publication of the Staff Report on the Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (``MTOR'' or ``Rule''). The Staff Report sets forth the staff's recommendations to the Commission on the various proposed amendments to the MTOR.2013-10405"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-03/pdf/2013-10405.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/03/2013-10405/mail-or-telephone-order-merchandise-rule-staff-reportThe FTC announces the publication of the Staff Report on the Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (``MTOR'' or ``Rule''). The Staff Report sets forth the staff's recommendations to the Commission on the various proposed amendments to the MTOR.
2013-04-23RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionLabeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled VehiclesThe Commission amends the Alternative Fuels Rule (``Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles'') to consolidate the FTC's alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) labels with new fuel economy labels required by the...2013-09568"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-23/pdf/2013-09568.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/23/2013-09568/labeling-requirements-for-alternative-fuels-and-alternative-fueled-vehiclesThe Commission amends the Alternative Fuels Rule (``Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles'') to consolidate the FTC's alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) labels with new fuel economy labels required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The amendments also eliminate labeling requirements for used AFV labels.
2013-04-05Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Soft Infant and Toddler CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2013-07687"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/pdf/2013-07687.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/05/2013-07687/safety-standard-for-soft-infant-and-toddler-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for soft infant and toddler carriers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2013-03-26Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission is reopening the comment period of its January 9, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) until April 1, 2013.2013-06894"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-26/pdf/2013-06894.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/26/2013-06894/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission is reopening the comment period of its January 9, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) until April 1, 2013.
2013-03-20Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionUpholstered Furniture Fire Safety Technology; Meeting and Request for CommentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is announcing its intent to hold a meeting on upholstered furniture fire safety technologies. The meeting will be held at the CPSC's laboratory in Rockville, MD, on April 25, 2013. We...2013-06372"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-20/pdf/2013-06372.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/20/2013-06372/upholstered-furniture-fire-safety-technology-meeting-and-request-for-commentsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is announcing its intent to hold a meeting on upholstered furniture fire safety technologies. The meeting will be held at the CPSC's laboratory in Rockville, MD, on April 25, 2013. We invite interested parties to participate in or attend the meeting. We also invite interested parties to submit comments related to the meeting or the possible change in regulatory approach discussed in this notice.
2013-03-18RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information Act; CorrectionThe Federal Trade Commission published a final rule on February 28, 2013 revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records. In one of its amendatory instructions, the final rule mentioned a paragraph that was not being affected. This...2013-05619"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-18/pdf/2013-05619.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/18/2013-05619/freedom-of-information-act-correctionThe Federal Trade Commission published a final rule on February 28, 2013 revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records. In one of its amendatory instructions, the final rule mentioned a paragraph that was not being affected. This document makes a technical correction to the amendatory instruction so that it accurately reflects the amendments carried out.
2013-03-12RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRequirements Pertaining to Third Party Conformity Assessment BodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a final rule establishing requirements pertaining to the third party conformity assessment bodies (laboratories) whose accreditations are accepted to test children's products...2013-04649"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-12/pdf/2013-04649.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/12/2013-04649/requirements-pertaining-to-third-party-conformity-assessment-bodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a final rule establishing requirements pertaining to the third party conformity assessment bodies (laboratories) whose accreditations are accepted to test children's products in support of the certification required by the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The final rule establishes the general requirements concerning third party conformity assessment bodies, such as the requirements and procedures for CPSC acceptance of the accreditation of a third party conformity assessment body, and it addresses adverse actions that may be imposed against CPSC-accepted third party conformity assessment bodies. The final rule also amends the audit requirements for third party conformity assessment bodies and amends the Commission's regulation on inspections.
2013-03-12Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles; Supplemental Definition of “Strong Sensitizer”The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to update the supplemental definition of ``strong sensitizer'' under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The proposed amendment clarifies or adds language to eliminate...2013-05577"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-12/pdf/2013-05577.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/12/2013-05577/hazardous-substances-and-articles-supplemental-definition-of-strong-sensitizerThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to update the supplemental definition of ``strong sensitizer'' under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The proposed amendment clarifies or adds language to eliminate redundancy, remove certain subjective factors, incorporate new and anticipated technology, rank the criteria for classification of strong sensitizers in order of importance, define criteria for ``severity of reaction,'' and indicate that a weight-of-evidence approach will be used to determine the strength of the sensitizer.
2013-02-28RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information ActThe Federal Trade Commission is revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records. The Commission is adding one new category of public record materials; inserting additional contact information for the filing of initial Freedom of...2013-04479"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/pdf/2013-04479.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/28/2013-04479/freedom-of-information-actThe Federal Trade Commission is revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records. The Commission is adding one new category of public record materials; inserting additional contact information for the filing of initial Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA'') requests; clarifying agency procedures for acknowledging the receipt of a request, the proper filing of a request, and the ``cut- off'' date for searches; and allowing an extension in unusual circumstances of the time period for a FOIA requester to file an administrative appeal.
2013-02-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionFreedom of Information ActThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its Rules of Practice to update its fee schedule for provision of services in disseminating information and records to the public to reflect changes in the types of services that are provided, changes in...2013-04480"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/pdf/2013-04480.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/28/2013-04480/freedom-of-information-actThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its Rules of Practice to update its fee schedule for provision of services in disseminating information and records to the public to reflect changes in the types of services that are provided, changes in the costs of providing services, and to add other fees for new services.
2013-02-14Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleOn December 17, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') published a Federal Register notice soliciting public comments in connection with its issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPR'') concerning proposed changes to...2013-03341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/14/2013-03341/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleOn December 17, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') published a Federal Register notice soliciting public comments in connection with its issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPR'') concerning proposed changes to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule''). The notice stated that comments must be received on or before February 11, 2013. In response to several requests to extend the comment period, the Commission has decided to extend the comment period until March 13, 2013.
2013-02-14RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Phthalates; Final Guidance on Inaccessible Component PartsOn August 14, 2008, Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), Public Law 110-314. Section 108 of the CPSIA, as amended by Public Law 112-28, provides that the prohibition on specified products containing phthalates...2013-03400"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03400.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/14/2013-03400/childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-phthalates-final-guidance-on-inaccessibleOn August 14, 2008, Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), Public Law 110-314. Section 108 of the CPSIA, as amended by Public Law 112-28, provides that the prohibition on specified products containing phthalates does not apply to any component part of children's toys or child care articles that is not accessible to a child through normal and reasonably foreseeable use and abuse of such product. In this document, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) issues guidance on inaccessible component parts in children's toys or child care articles subject to section 108 of the CPSIA.
2013-02-14Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require...2013-02821"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-02821.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/14/2013-02821/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. This proposed rulemaking sets forth the procedure for voluntarily withdrawing an HSR filing, establishes when an HSR filing will be automatically withdrawn after an electronically submitted filing publicly announcing the termination of a transaction is made with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules promulgated under that act, and sets forth the procedure for resubmitting a filing after a withdrawal with no additional filing fee.
2013-02-06RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleThe Commission issues final amendments for disclosures to help consumers, distributors, contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace or central air conditioner meets applicable Department of Energy regional efficiency standards.2013-02225"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-06/pdf/2013-02225.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/06/2013-02225/energy-labeling-ruleThe Commission issues final amendments for disclosures to help consumers, distributors, contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace or central air conditioner meets applicable Department of Energy regional efficiency standards.
2013-01-17Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other LocationsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations (``Cooling-Off Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of...2012-31558"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-17/pdf/2012-31558.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/17/2012-31558/rule-concerning-cooling-off-period-for-sales-made-at-homes-or-at-certain-other-locationsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations (``Cooling-Off Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and industry guides. The Rule makes it an unfair and deceptive act or practice for a seller engaged in a door-to-door sale of consumer goods or services, with a purchase price of $25 or more, to fail to provide the buyer with certain oral and written disclosures regarding the buyer's right to cancel the contract within three business days from the date of the sales transaction. Based on the comments received, the Commission has determined to retain the Rule. In addition, the Commission is soliciting public comment on a proposed increase in the $25 exclusionary limit identified in the Rule to account for inflation since the exclusionary limit was established.
2013-01-17RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection RuleThe Commission amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), consistent with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, to clarify the scope of the Rule and strengthen its protections for...2012-31341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-17/pdf/2012-31341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/17/2012-31341/childrens-online-privacy-protection-ruleThe Commission amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), consistent with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, to clarify the scope of the Rule and strengthen its protections for children's personal information, in light of changes in online technology since the Rule went into effect in April 2000. The final amended Rule includes modifications to the definitions of operator, personal information, and Web site or online service directed to children. The amended Rule also updates the requirements set forth in the notice, parental consent, confidentiality and security, and safe harbor provisions, and adds a new provision addressing data retention and deletion.
2013-01-10RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionEnergy Labeling RuleAs part of its ongoing regulatory review of the Appliance Labeling Rule (``Rule''), the Commission amends the Rule by streamlining data reporting requirements for manufacturers, clarifying testing requirements and enforcement provisions, improving...2013-00116"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-10/pdf/2013-00116.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/10/2013-00116/energy-labeling-ruleAs part of its ongoing regulatory review of the Appliance Labeling Rule (``Rule''), the Commission amends the Rule by streamlining data reporting requirements for manufacturers, clarifying testing requirements and enforcement provisions, improving online energy label disclosures, and making several minor technical changes and corrections. The Commission continues to consider other issues related to this regulatory review and may seek comment on additional proposals in the future.
2013-01-09Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Appliance Labeling Rule”)The Commission proposes to amend the Appliance Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures for many EnergyGuide labels. The Commission also seeks comment on a proposed exemption request by the Association...2013-00113"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/pdf/2013-00113.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/09/2013-00113/disclosures-regarding-energy-consumption-and-water-use-of-certain-home-appliances-and-other-productsThe Commission proposes to amend the Appliance Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures for many EnergyGuide labels. The Commission also seeks comment on a proposed exemption request by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to help consumers compare the labels on refrigerators and clothes washers after the implementation of upcoming changes to the Department of Energy test procedures for those products.
2012-12-17Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleExcept as specifically described below, the FTC has completed its regulatory review of its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides....2012-29920"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-17/pdf/2012-29920.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/17/2012-29920/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleExcept as specifically described below, the FTC has completed its regulatory review of its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. The Commission has decided to retain the Rule and, in a separate Federal Register document, to amend it by changing the Spanish translation of the Buyers Guide. In addition, the Commission also has decided to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPR'') soliciting comments on proposed changes to the Rule. In this NPR, the Commission addresses the comments received during its review and invites public comment on the following four proposed changes to the Buyers Guide: adding boxes to the back of the Buyers Guide where dealers would have the option to indicate manufacturers' and other third-party warranties; adding a statement to the Buyers Guide encouraging consumers to seek vehicle history information and directing consumers to an FTC Web site for more information about vehicle histories; adding catalytic converters and airbags to the List of Systems on the back of the Buyers Guide; and adding a statement in Spanish to the English Buyers Guide directing consumers who cannot read the Buyers Guide in English to ask for a copy of it in Spanish.
2012-12-12RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionUsed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations...2012-29901"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-12/pdf/2012-29901.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/12/2012-29901/used-motor-vehicle-trade-regulation-ruleThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. The Commission has decided to retain the Rule and to issue this final rule making nonsubstantive revisions to the Spanish translation of the Used Car Buyers Guide and nonsubstantive technical changes to the Rule. The revisions to the Spanish translation were published for public comment when the Commission announced its regulatory review of the Rule.
2012-12-10Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Hand-Held Infant CarriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product...2012-29584"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29584.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29584/safety-standard-for-hand-held-infant-carriersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for handheld infant carriers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA. The proposed rule would incorporate ASTM F2050-12 by reference, with two modifications.
2012-12-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCodification of Animal Testing PolicyThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) codifies its statement of policy on animal testing that provides guidance for manufacturers of products subject to the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) regarding replacement, reduction,...2012-29260"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29260.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29260/codification-of-animal-testing-policyThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) codifies its statement of policy on animal testing that provides guidance for manufacturers of products subject to the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) regarding replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal testing methods.
2012-12-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRequirements for Child-Resistant Packaging: Products Containing Imidazolines Equivalent to 0.08 Milligrams or MoreThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a rule to require child-resistant (CR) packaging for any over-the-counter or prescription product containing the equivalent of 0.08 milligrams or more of an imidazoline, a...2012-29203"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29203.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29203/requirements-for-child-resistant-packaging-products-containing-imidazolines-equivalent-to-008The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a rule to require child-resistant (CR) packaging for any over-the-counter or prescription product containing the equivalent of 0.08 milligrams or more of an imidazoline, a class of drugs that includes tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline, oxymetazoline, and xylometazoline, in a single package. Imidazolines are a family of drugs that are vasoconstrictors indicated for nasal congestion and/or ophthalmic irritation. Products containing imidazolines can cause serious adverse reactions, such as central nervous system (CNS) depression, decreased heart rate, and depressed ventilation in children who accidentally ingest them. Based on the scientific data, the Commission has determined that availability of 0.08 milligrams or more of an imidazoline in a single package, by reason of its packaging, is such that special packaging is required to protect children under 5 years old from serious personal injury or illness due to handling or ingesting such a substance. The Commission takes this action under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) and voted to publish this notice in the Federal Register.
2012-12-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles; Administration and Enforcement Regulations: Revisions to Animal Testing RegulationsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) amends regulations on the CPSC's animal testing methods under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA).2012-29258"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29258.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29258/hazardous-substances-and-articles-administration-and-enforcement-regulations-revisions-to-animalThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) amends regulations on the CPSC's animal testing methods under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA).
2012-12-10Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Bedside SleepersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety...2012-29583"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29583.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29583/safety-standard-for-bedside-sleepersThe Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for bedside sleepers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2012-12-06RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionIdentity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancies Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, as Amended by the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is amending its Red Flags Rule promulgated under Section 615 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), to implement the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 (Clarification Act or Act). The...2012-29430"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-06/pdf/2012-29430.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/06/2012-29430/identity-theft-red-flags-and-address-discrepancies-under-the-fair-and-accurate-credit-transactionsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is amending its Red Flags Rule promulgated under Section 615 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), to implement the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 (Clarification Act or Act). The interim final rule amends the definition of ``creditor'' in the original Red Flags Rule to make it consistent with the revised definition of that term in the Clarification Act.
2012-12-05RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionTesting and Labeling Pertaining to Product Certification Regarding Representative Samples for Periodic Testing of Children's ProductsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a final rule to amend its regulations on testing and labeling pertaining to product certification. Pursuant to section 14(i)(2)(B)(ii) of the Consumer Product Safety Act...2012-29204"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-05/pdf/2012-29204.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/05/2012-29204/testing-and-labeling-pertaining-to-product-certification-regarding-representative-samples-forThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Commission, or we) is issuing a final rule to amend its regulations on testing and labeling pertaining to product certification. Pursuant to section 14(i)(2)(B)(ii) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the final rule requires the testing of representative samples to ensure continued compliance of children's products with all applicable children's product safety rules. The final rule also establishes a recordkeeping requirement associated with the testing of representative samples.
2012-12-04Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and ServicesThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comments on the overall costs and benefits of and the continuing need for its Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services (``the Fred Meyer Guides'' or...2012-29189"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-04/pdf/2012-29189.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/04/2012-29189/guides-for-advertising-allowances-and-other-merchandising-payments-and-servicesThe Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comments on the overall costs and benefits of and the continuing need for its Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services (``the Fred Meyer Guides'' or ''the Guides''), as part of the agency's review of all its current regulations and guides.
2012-11-07RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant SwingsSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate...2012-27027"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-07/pdf/2012-27027.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/11/07/2012-27027/safety-standard-for-infant-swingsSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. In this final rule, the Commission is issuing a safety standard for infant swings, as required under section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
2012-10-25RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules of PracticeThe Federal Trade Commission published a document in the Federal Register of September 27, 2012, adopting revisions to the Commission's Rules of Practice. A footnote in the document contained an incorrect citation to the Commodity Futures Trading...2012-26170"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-25/pdf/2012-26170.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/25/2012-26170/rules-of-practiceThe Federal Trade Commission published a document in the Federal Register of September 27, 2012, adopting revisions to the Commission's Rules of Practice. A footnote in the document contained an incorrect citation to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. This notice corrects this error.
2012-10-18Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Bassinets and CradlesThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to...2012-24896"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-18/pdf/2012-24896.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/18/2012-24896/safety-standard-for-bassinets-and-cradlesThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for bassinets and cradles in response to the CPSIA. This constitutes a second round of notice and comment, or supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, for bassinets and cradles.
2012-10-11RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Use of Environmental Marketing ClaimsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') adopts revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (``Green Guides'' or ``Guides''). This document summarizes the Commission's revisions to the Guides and includes the final Guides.2012-24713"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-11/pdf/2012-24713.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/11/2012-24713/guides-for-the-use-of-environmental-marketing-claimsThe Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') adopts revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (``Green Guides'' or ``Guides''). This document summarizes the Commission's revisions to the Guides and includes the final Guides.
2012-10-10RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionInformation Disclosure Under Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act2012-25016"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/pdf/2012-25016.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/10/2012-25016/information-disclosure-under-section-6b-of-the-consumer-product-safety-act
2012-09-27RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules of PracticeThe FTC is adopting revised rules governing the process of its investigations and attorney discipline. These rules, located in the Commission's Rules of Practice, are intended to promote fairness, transparency, and efficiency in all FTC investigations;...2012-23691"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-27/pdf/2012-23691.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/27/2012-23691/rules-of-practiceThe FTC is adopting revised rules governing the process of its investigations and attorney discipline. These rules, located in the Commission's Rules of Practice, are intended to promote fairness, transparency, and efficiency in all FTC investigations; and to provide additional guidance about appropriate standards of conduct for attorneys practicing before the FTC.
2012-09-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTrade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece GoodsBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its trade regulation rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended...2012-22746"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-20/pdf/2012-22746.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/20/2012-22746/trade-regulation-rule-on-care-labeling-of-textile-wearing-apparel-and-certain-piece-goodsBased on comments received in response to its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), the Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its trade regulation rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended (``Rule'') to: Allow garment manufacturers and marketers to include instructions for professional wetcleaning on labels; permit the use of ASTM Standard D5489-07, ``Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products,'' or ISO 3758:2005(E), ``Textiles--Care labelling code using symbols,'' in lieu of terms; clarify what can constitute a reasonable basis for care instructions; and update the definition of ``dryclean.'' In addition, the Commission seeks comment on several other issues.
2012-09-17Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRegulations Under the Fur Products Labeling ActThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act to update its Fur Products Name Guide, provide more labeling flexibility, incorporate recently enacted Truth in Fur Labeling Act provisions, and...2012-22568"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-17/pdf/2012-22568.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/17/2012-22568/regulations-under-the-fur-products-labeling-actThe Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend its Regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act to update its Fur Products Name Guide, provide more labeling flexibility, incorporate recently enacted Truth in Fur Labeling Act provisions, and eliminate unnecessary requirements. The Commission does not propose changing or providing alternatives to the required name on labels for nyctereutes procyonoides fur products. The Commission also does not propose changing the Rules' product coverage scope or continuing guaranty provisions.
2012-09-04Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Magnet SetsBased on available data, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (the Commission, the CPSC, or we) has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury associated with children ingesting high-powered magnets that are part...2012-21608"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-04/pdf/2012-21608.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/04/2012-21608/safety-standard-for-magnet-setsBased on available data, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (the Commission, the CPSC, or we) has determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury associated with children ingesting high-powered magnets that are part of magnet sets. These magnet sets are aggregations of separable, permanent, magnetic objects intended or marketed by the manufacturer primarily as a manipulative or construction desk toy for general entertainment, such as puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation, or stress relief. In contrast to ingesting other small parts, when a child ingests a magnet, the magnetic properties of the object can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. When children ingest two or more of the magnets, the magnetic forces pull the magnets together, and the magnets pinch or trap the intestinal walls or other digestive tissue between them, resulting in acute and long-term health consequences. Although magnet sets have only been available since 2008, we have determined that an estimated 1,700 ingestions of magnets from magnet sets were treated in emergency departments between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011. To address the unreasonable risks of serious injury associated with these magnet sets, the Commission is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), which would prohibit such magnet sets. Under the proposal, if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the CPSC's small parts cylinder, magnets from that set would be required to have a flux index of 50 or less, or they would be prohibited. The flux index would be determined by the method described in ASTM F963-11, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The Commission solicits written comments concerning the risks of injury associated with these magnet sets, the regulatory alternatives discussed in this NPR, other possible ways to address these risks, and the economic impacts of the various regulatory alternatives. This proposed rule is issued under the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
2012-08-30Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionPetition Requesting Rulemaking To Revise Test Procedures for Glazing Materials in Architectural ProductsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``we'') has received a petition (CP12-3) requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products set...2012-21364"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-30/pdf/2012-21364.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/30/2012-21364/petition-requesting-rulemaking-to-revise-test-procedures-for-glazing-materials-in-architecturalThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``we'') has received a petition (CP12-3) requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking to replace the testing procedures for glazing materials in certain architectural products set forth in our regulations, with those testing procedures contained in ANSI Z97.1, ``American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Building--Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.'' We invite written comments concerning the petition.
2012-08-29Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Play YardsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, us, or we) is proposing to amend the play yard mandatory standard. This proposed rule would address the hazards associated with the use of play yard bassinet accessories that can...2012-21169"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-29/pdf/2012-21169.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/29/2012-21169/safety-standard-for-play-yardsThe United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, us, or we) is proposing to amend the play yard mandatory standard. This proposed rule would address the hazards associated with the use of play yard bassinet accessories that can be assembled with missing key structural elements. The amendment is being proposed pursuant to section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the ``Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act'' which requires us to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.
2012-08-29RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Play YardsSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the ``Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act,'' requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, us, or we) to...2012-21168"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-29/pdf/2012-21168.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/29/2012-21168/safety-standard-for-play-yardsSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the ``Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act,'' requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, us, or we) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. In this rule, we are issuing a safety standard for play yards in response to the CPSIA.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012-08-27RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionTelemarketing Sales Rule FeesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call...2012-21041"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-27/pdf/2012-21041.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/27/2012-21041/telemarketing-sales-rule-feesThe Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
2012-08-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter IndustriesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.2012-20417"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-20/pdf/2012-20417.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/20/2012-20417/guides-for-the-jewelry-precious-metals-and-pewter-industriesThe FTC is extending the deadline for filing public comments on the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.
2012-08-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionPremerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period RequirementsThe Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical, including biologics, and medicine...2012-20192"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-20/pdf/2012-20192.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/20/2012-20192/premerger-notification-reporting-and-waiting-period-requirementsThe Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical, including biologics, and medicine manufacturing industry (North American Industry Classification System Industry Group 3254) (``pharmaceutical industry'') is reportable under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. This proposed rulemaking uses the concept of ``all commercially significant rights'' as the basis to determine whether there is a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical industry resulting in an asset acquisition that may be reportable under the Act.
2012-08-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionChildren's Online Privacy Protection RuleThe Commission is proposing to further modify the proposed definitions of personal information, support for internal operations, and Web site or online service directed to children, that the FTC has proposed previously under its Rule implementing the...2012-19115"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-06/pdf/2012-19115.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/06/2012-19115/childrens-online-privacy-protection-ruleThe Commission is proposing to further modify the proposed definitions of personal information, support for internal operations, and Web site or online service directed to children, that the FTC has proposed previously under its Rule implementing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (``COPPA Rule''), and further proposes to revise the Rule's definition of operator. These proposed revisions, which are based on the FTC's review of public comments and its enforcement experience, are intended to clarify the scope of the Rule and strengthen its protections for children's personal information. The Commission is not adopting any final amendments to the COPPA Rule at this time and continues to consider comments submitted in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in September 2011.
2012-07-31Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionChildren's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Phthalates; Proposed Guidance on Inaccessible Component PartsOn August 14, 2008, Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), Public Law 110-314. Section 108 of the CPSIA, as amended by Public Law 112-28, provides that the prohibition on specified products containing phthalates...2012-18620"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-31/pdf/2012-18620.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/31/2012-18620/childrens-toys-and-child-care-articles-containing-phthalates-proposed-guidance-on-inaccessibleOn August 14, 2008, Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), Public Law 110-314. Section 108 of the CPSIA, as amended by Public Law 112-28, provides that the prohibition on specified products containing phthalates does not apply to any component part of children's toys or child care articles that is not accessible to a child through normal and reasonably foreseeable use and abuse of such product. In this document, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes guidance on inaccessible component parts in children's toys or child care articles subject to section 108 of the CPSIA.
2012-07-31RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevisions to Safety Standards for Durable Infant or Toddler Products: Infant Bath Seats and Full-Size CribsIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) has published...2012-18483"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-31/pdf/2012-18483.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/31/2012-18483/revisions-to-safety-standards-for-durable-infant-or-toddler-products-infant-bath-seats-and-full-sizeIn accordance with section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), also known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission, CPSC, or we) has published consumer product safety standards for numerous durable infant or toddler products, including infant bath seats and full-size cribs. These standards incorporated by reference the ASTM voluntary standards associated with those products, with some modifications. In August 2011, Congress enacted Public Law 112-28, which sets forth a process for updating standards that the Commission has issued under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA. In accordance with that process, we are publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC's standards for infant bath seats and full-size cribs to incorporate by reference more recent versions of the applicable ASTM standards. Because the changes to the ASTM standards make them essentially identical to the standards that the CPSC has issued previously, no changes to the products are required. We also received notification from ASTM of an updated ASTM standard for toddler beds. However, the Commission is not accepting the revised ASTM standard for toddler beds, and therefore, the CPSC standard for toddler beds will remain as it currently is stated at 16 CFR part 1217.
2012-06-29Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionHazardous Substances and Articles; Administration and Enforcement Regulations: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Revisions to Animal Testing RegulationsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to amend and to update regulations on the CPSC's animal testing methods under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA).2012-15882"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-29/pdf/2012-15882.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/29/2012-15882/hazardous-substances-and-articles-administration-and-enforcement-regulations-notice-of-proposedThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to amend and to update regulations on the CPSC's animal testing methods under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA).
2012-06-29Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionCodification of Animal Testing PolicyThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to codify its statement of policy on animal testing, as amended, which was previously published in the Federal Register. The amended statement of policy on animal testing is intended...2012-15883"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-29/pdf/2012-15883.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/29/2012-15883/codification-of-animal-testing-policyThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to codify its statement of policy on animal testing, as amended, which was previously published in the Federal Register. The amended statement of policy on animal testing is intended for manufacturers of products subject to the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) to find alternatives to animal testing and reduce the number of animal tests under the FHSA.
2012-06-25Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRevocation of Certain Requirements Pertaining to Caps Intended for Use With Toy Guns and Toy Guns Not Intended for Use With CapsSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') considers the provisions of ASTM International Standard F 963, ``Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety'' (``ASTM F 963''), to be consumer product safety...2012-15409"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-25/pdf/2012-15409.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/25/2012-15409/revocation-of-certain-requirements-pertaining-to-caps-intended-for-use-with-toy-guns-and-toy-gunsSection 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') considers the provisions of ASTM International Standard F 963, ``Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety'' (``ASTM F 963''), to be consumer product safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we''). Among other things, ASTM F 963 contains provisions regarding sound-producing toys. The ASTM F 963 provisions for sound-producing toys allow manufacturers to use more options with readily available test equipment for sound measurement to determine compliance than our existing regulations pertaining to caps intended for use with toy guns and toy guns not intended for use with caps, which were included in the regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (``FHSA'') that were transferred to the Commission's jurisdiction in 1973. The test methodology also refers to obsolete equipment. Consequently, we are proposing to revoke our existing banning regulations pertaining to caps intended for use with toy guns and toy guns not intended for use with caps because they are obsolete and have been superseded by the requirements of ASTM F 963.
2012-06-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionLabeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled VehiclesThe Commission seeks public comment on two amendments to its ``Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles'' (``Alternative Fuels Rule'' or ``Rule''). Specifically, the proposed amendments consolidate the FTC's...2012-14828"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-19/pdf/2012-14828.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/19/2012-14828/labeling-requirements-for-alternative-fuels-and-alternative-fueled-vehiclesThe Commission seeks public comment on two amendments to its ``Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles'' (``Alternative Fuels Rule'' or ``Rule''). Specifically, the proposed amendments consolidate the FTC's alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) labels with new fuel economy labels required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and eliminate FTC requirements for used AFV labels.
2012-06-18RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionDisclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning FranchisingThe FTC announces revised monetary thresholds for three exemptions from the Franchise Rule. FTC is required to adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers published by the...2012-14785"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-18/pdf/2012-14785.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/18/2012-14785/disclosure-requirements-and-prohibitions-concerning-franchisingThe FTC announces revised monetary thresholds for three exemptions from the Franchise Rule. FTC is required to adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers published by the Department of Labor.
2012-06-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Appliance Labeling Rule”)The Commission seeks comment on proposed disclosures to help consumers, distributors, contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace or central air conditioner meets applicable Department of Energy regional efficiency standards.2012-13626"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-06/pdf/2012-13626.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/06/2012-13626/rule-concerning-disclosures-regarding-energy-consumption-and-water-use-of-certain-home-appliancesThe Commission seeks comment on proposed disclosures to help consumers, distributors, contractors, and installers easily determine whether a specific furnace or central air conditioner meets applicable Department of Energy regional efficiency standards.
2012-05-24Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRequirements Pertaining to Third Party Conformity Assessment BodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') is issuing a proposed rule that would establish the requirements pertaining to the third party conformity assessment bodies (or ``laboratories'') that are authorized to test...2012-10923"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-24/pdf/2012-10923.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/24/2012-10923/requirements-pertaining-to-third-party-conformity-assessment-bodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') is issuing a proposed rule that would establish the requirements pertaining to the third party conformity assessment bodies (or ``laboratories'') that are authorized to test children's products in support of the certification required by the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The proposed rule would establish the general requirements concerning third party conformity assessment bodies, such as the requirements and procedures for CPSC acceptance of the accreditation of a third party conformity assessment body, and it would address adverse actions against CPSC-accepted third party conformity assessment bodies. The proposed rule also would amend the audit requirements for third party conformity assessment bodies and would amend the Commission's regulation on inspections.
2012-05-24RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionVirginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; Interpretation of Unblockable DrainOn October 11, 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') announced that it was revoking its interpretation of the term ``unblockable drain,'' as used in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 8001...2012-12335"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-24/pdf/2012-12335.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/24/2012-12335/virginia-graeme-baker-pool-and-spa-safety-act-interpretation-of-unblockable-drainOn October 11, 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or ``CPSC'') announced that it was revoking its interpretation of the term ``unblockable drain,'' as used in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 8001 et seq. (``VGBA''). The Commission set a compliance date of May 28, 2012, for those who installed VGBA-compliant drain covers on or before October 11, 2011, in reliance on the Commission's initial interpretation. The Commission sought written comments regarding the ability of those who had installed VGBA-compliant unblockable drain covers on or before October 11, 2011, in reliance on the Commission's initial interpretation, to come into compliance with the revocation by May 28, 2012. The Commission is extending the compliance date to May 23, 2013, for those who have installed VGBA-compliant unblockable drain covers on or before October 11, 2011, in reliance on the Commission's original interpretive rule.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012-05-24RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionAudit Requirements for Third Party Conformity Assessment BodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') is issuing a final rule establishing requirements for the periodic audit of third party conformity assessment bodies as a condition of their continuing accreditation. The...2012-10922"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-24/pdf/2012-10922.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/24/2012-10922/audit-requirements-for-third-party-conformity-assessment-bodiesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') is issuing a final rule establishing requirements for the periodic audit of third party conformity assessment bodies as a condition of their continuing accreditation. The final rule implements a section of the Consumer Product Safety Act (``CPSA''), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'').
2012-05-21Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionGuides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry, Request for CommentsAs part of the Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the costs, benefits, necessity for, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's ``Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and...2012-12132"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-21/pdf/2012-12132.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/21/2012-12132/guides-for-the-rebuilt-reconditioned-and-other-used-automobile-parts-industry-request-for-commentsAs part of the Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the Commission requests public comment on the costs, benefits, necessity for, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC's ``Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry.''
2012-04-13RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRescission of RulesTitle X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act transferred rulemaking authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB''). As a result, the Commission is...2012-8748"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-13/pdf/2012-8748.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/13/2012-8748/rescission-of-rulesTitle X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act transferred rulemaking authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB''). As a result, the Commission is rescinding the following rules under the Fair Credit Reporting Act: ``[Identity Theft] Definitions''; ``Free Annual File Disclosures Rule''; ``Prohibition Against Circumventing Treatment as a Nationwide Consumer Reporting Agency''; ``Duration of Active Duty Alerts''; and ``Appropriate Proof of Identity.'' In addition, the Commission is rescinding two rules addressing mortgage advertising and mortgage assistance relief services under the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act: ``Mortgage Acts and Practices-Advertising Rule'' and ``Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule.'' The Commission is also rescinding its rules governing ``Disclosure Requirements for Depository Institutions Lacking Federal Deposit Insurance'' under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act and its ``Procedures for State Application for Exemption from the Provisions of the [Federal Debt Collection Practices] Act.'' These rules have been republished by the CFPB.
2012-03-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRule Concerning Disclosures Regarding Energy Consumption and Water Use of Certain Home Appliances and Other Products Required Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Appliance Labeling Rule”)The Commission proposes several amendments to improve the Appliance Labeling Rule by streamlining requirements for manufacturers, increasing the availability of labels for consumers, and clarifying various aspects of the Rule. Specifically, the...2012-4865"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-15/pdf/2012-4865.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/15/2012-4865/rule-concerning-disclosures-regarding-energy-consumption-and-water-use-of-certain-home-appliancesThe Commission proposes several amendments to improve the Appliance Labeling Rule by streamlining requirements for manufacturers, increasing the availability of labels for consumers, and clarifying various aspects of the Rule. Specifically, the proposed amendments would eliminate duplicative reporting requirements for manufacturers, introduce a uniform method for attaching labels to appliances, place EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes instead of on the products themselves, improve current Web site disclosures, and revise ceiling fan labels. The proposed amendments also would clarify enforcement rules for data reporting, testing access, and Web site disclosures. The Commission requests comments on these proposed changes. In addition, as a part of the Commission's systematic review of its regulations and guides, the Commission seeks comments on the Rule's overall costs and benefits and its overall regulatory and economic impact.
2012-02-29RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionStandard for All-Terrain VehiclesThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the American National Standard for...2012-4385"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-29/pdf/2012-4385.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/29/2012-4385/standard-for-all-terrain-vehiclesThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') required the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') to publish, as a mandatory consumer product safety standard, the American National Standard for Four-Wheel All-Terrain Vehicles Equipment Configuration, and Performance Requirements, developed by the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (American National Standard ANSI/SVIA 1-2007). We did so on November 14, 2008. 73 FR 67385. ANSI/SVIA later issued a 2010 edition of its standard. In accordance with the CPSIA, we are amending the Commission's mandatory ATV standard to reference the 2010 edition of the ANSI/SVIA standard.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012-02-29RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Portable Bed Rails: Final RuleSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler...2012-4451"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-29/pdf/2012-4451.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/29/2012-4451/safety-standard-for-portable-bed-rails-final-ruleSection 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (``CPSC,'' ``Commission,'' or ``we'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. In this rule, the Commission is issuing a safety standard for portable bed rails in response to the CPSIA.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012-02-17RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionRequirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler ProductsIn accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') issued a final consumer product safety rule requiring manufacturers of durable infant or...2012-3712"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-17/pdf/2012-3712.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/17/2012-3712/requirements-for-consumer-registration-of-durable-infant-or-toddler-productsIn accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA''), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' or ``we'') issued a final consumer product safety rule requiring manufacturers of durable infant or toddler products to establish a consumer registration program. The Commission is amending that rule to clarify and correct some of its requirements.
2012-02-10Proposed RuleCONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSIONConsumer Product Safety CommissionSafety Standard for Infant SwingsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' ``we,'' or ``us'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler...2012-2820"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-10/pdf/2012-2820.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/10/2012-2820/safety-standard-for-infant-swingsThe Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (``CPSIA'') requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission,'' ``CPSC,'' ``we,'' or ``us'') to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ``substantially the same as'' applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for infant swings in response to the direction under the CPSIA.
2012-01-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONFederal Trade CommissionRules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') systematically reviews all its rules and guides to ensure that they continue to achieve their intended purpose without unduly burdening commerce. As part of this systematic review, the Commission...2012-1862"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-30/pdf/2012-1862.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/30/2012-1862/rules-and-regulations-under-the-wool-products-labeling-act-of-1939The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') systematically reviews all its rules and guides to ensure that they continue to achieve their intended purpose without unduly burdening commerce. As part of this systematic review, the Commission requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of, and possible modifications to, the Rules and Regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (``Wool Rules'' or ``Rules''). The Commission also seeks comment on how it should modify the Rules to implement the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, and on the costs and benefits of certain provisions of the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939.
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