A newly formed ASTM committee has reportedly agreed to establish a voluntary standard for adult portable bed rails. Committee members, including large and small manufacturers and safety organization representatives, will apparently start with ASTM F2085, a children’s bed rail standard, and make changes to it. The process to develop a usable standard, according to at least one participant in the group’s first conference call, could take six to 10 years. A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report linked adult portable bed rails to nearly 37,000 emergency room visits and 155 deaths between 2003 and 2011. Some of the consumer safety groups that called on CPSC to ban the products will be part of the ASTM standards committee. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, June 24, 2013.