Is Consumer Product Safety Testing Stifling Job Growth?

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CPSC Database Prompts Praise, Criticism

Tenenbaum stressed the importance of the database for consumers and revealed the CPSC has set in place certain safeguards to ensure inaccurate data does not appear on the database, including requiring contact information for all reports, giving the product manufacturers ten days to respond to reports if they are materially inaccurate, and providing manufacturers with the ability to respond to any reports.

But the database has received some backlash from those in industry and Congress claiming it will negatively impact job growth further.

The National Manufacturers Association said the CPSC database will significantly harm businesses without ensuring additional safety.

Freshman Rep. Mike Pompeo, R.Kan., has introduced legislation to stop the launch of the database until Congress holds more hearings claiming it will negatively impact job growth by opening the door to erroneous and non-specific reporting.

"The database's final role, in my view, has created and will create far more harm than good than it will do," Pompeo said. Pompeo hopes the amendment will face a vote, as the House considers funding for the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Enacted in 2008, the CPSIA requires companies to test and document several substances, including lead, used in consumer products, specifically targeting children's products.

Earlier this month, the CPSC extended until December, the deadline for companies to have the appropriate certificates guaranteeing products were tested for lead content in order to sell their products in the United States.

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