The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reportedly approved a proposed rule that would amend the existing regulation on certificates of compliance at 16 C.F.R. part 1110. According to CPSC, the proposed amendment seeks “to update the rule to clarify requirements in light of new regulations on testing and labeling pertaining to product certification, and component part testing.”

To that end, the proposed amendment would, among other things, (i) “use newly defined terms such as ‘finished product certificate’ and ‘component part certificate’”; (ii) require that regulated, privately labeled finished products be certified by the private labeler for products manufactured in the United States; (iii) “clarify requirements for the form, content, and availability of certificates of compliance”; and (iv) “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.”

According to a news source, additional changes included in an amendment proposed by Commissioner Robert Adler were also adopted during the May 1, 2013, meeting. These changes include (i) “language intended to clarify that replacement parts can be finished products”; (ii) “the inclusion of additional requests for comments”; and (iii) “the addition of a chart to clarify which CSPC bans require compliance certification under the 1110 rule and which do not.” See Draft Record of Commission Action, May 1, 2013; Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, May 3, 2013.