The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report titled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” While GAO makes no recommendations about improving the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) ability to address new and emerging product safety risks, it discusses various options that have been suggested for doing so. Among them are (i) premarket approval of consumer products, (ii) expedited rulemaking authority, (iii) statutory authority to prevent hazardous imports from entering the country, and (iv) increased funding to enhance data analysis capabilities. The report notes the potential benefits and drawbacks of these and other options. GAO suggests that tradeoffs may be required for CPSC to timely address new risks raised by the expansion of international trade, an increasingly global supply chain and technological advances that “have increased the spectrum of consumer products available to U.S. consumers” and “increased the challenges of overseeing and regulating thousands of product types and the potential for new and emerging hazards in the marketplace.”
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