The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule indicating its intent to adopt a revised ASTM standard for infant bath seats, ASTM F1967-11a, as the new CPSC standard, because it is “essentially identical to the current mandatory standard” at 16 CFR part 1215. The agency also intends as part of this rule to adopt ASTM F1169-11, relating to full-size baby cribs, because it too is “essentially identical to the full-size crib standard that the Commission mandated at 16 CFR part 1219.” The rule will take effect November 12, 2012, unless “significant adverse comments” are received by August 30. See Federal Register, July 31, 2012.  

CPSC seeks comments on the estimated burdens of complying with a collection of information relating to the “form that will be used to measure child care centers’ compliance with the recent CPSC safety standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs.” Comments are requested by August 27, 2012. See Federal Register, July 26, 2012.  

The agency has also prepared proposed guidance on “inaccessible component parts in children’s toys or child care articles,” which parts are exempt from the prohibition on the use of phthalates in specified products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Comments are requested by October 1, 2012, and the final guidance, which was due August 12, will take effect when published in the Federal Register. See Federal Register, July 31, 2012.