President Barack Obama (D) has signed into law a bill (H.R. 2715) that amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), giving the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enhanced enforcement and discretionary authority. Additional details about the measure appear in the August 11, 2011, issue of this Report.

Among other matters, the law clarifies that the new lower lead content limit for children’s products does not apply retroactively; as of August 14, 2011, all children’s products must be made with less than 100 parts per million (ppm) total lead content. Products made before that date, if they contain less than 300 ppm, can still be sold. The law also exempts some products, such as bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and printed books from the new lower threshold, as well as inaccessible component parts from CPSIA’s phthalate limits.