NEMA: Manufacturers get protection; praise for Congress on consumer product safety

Manufacturers received some protections, says NEMA, in it’s recent praise for the new, stronger consumer product safety legislation passed by Congress.
By Control Engineering Staff August 11, 2008

Rosslyn, VA – Manufacturers received some protections, says NEMA , in it’s recent praise for the new, stronger consumer product safety legislation that Congress passed. After a year’s effort in which NEMA was actively engaged, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, prior to adjourning for the summer district work period, overwhelmingly approved legislation (H.R. 4040) to reauthorize and enhance the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
NEMA encouraged Congress not to include a provision that would have imposed burdensome product disclosure requirements on manufacturers and to ensure that proprietary business information is protected from public release ; Congress agreed on both points. NEMA partnered with industry allies to ensure general CPSC safety standards continue to preempt state rules and that the provisions will discourage inconsistent state laws and regulations.
“I am pleased that Congress recognizes the need for the CPSC to have the staff and financial resources necessary to fulfill its mission of enhancing the safety of U.S. consumers,” NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said. “Electrical manufacturers have always made consumer safety a top priority and will continue to work cooperatively with a stronger CPSC to advance this goal.”
NEMA helped ensure that the final version of the CPSC Reform Act (H.R. 4040) was a significant improvement over earlier legislation approved by the Senate; the organization will continue to engage CPSC and Congress during the implementation process.
–  Control Engineering News Desk
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