Skip to Content

Proposed Rule

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Enhanced Content

Relevant information about this document from Regulations.gov provides additional context. This information is not part of the official Federal Register document.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble Start Printed Page 37418

AGENCY:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission publishes its semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda. In addition, this document includes an agenda of regulatory actions that the Commission expects to be under development or review by the agency during the next year. This document meets the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

DATES:

Comments should be received in the Office of the Secretary on or before July 1, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on the regulatory flexibility agenda should be captioned, “Regulatory Flexibility Agenda,” and emailed to: cpsc-os@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be mailed or delivered to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814-4408.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information on the agenda in general, contact Eileen Williams, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814-4408; ewilliams@cpsc.gov. For further information regarding a particular item on the agenda, consult the individual listed in the column headed, “Contact,” for that particular item.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 to 612) contains several provisions intended to reduce unnecessary and disproportionate regulatory requirements on small businesses, small governmental organizations, and other small entities. Section 602 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 602) requires each agency to publish, twice each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda containing a brief description of the subject area of any rule expected to be proposed or promulgated, which is likely to have a “significant economic impact” on a “substantial number” of small entities. The agency must also provide a summary of the nature of the rule and a schedule for acting on each rule for which the agency has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking.

The regulatory flexibility agenda also is required to contain the name and address of the agency official knowledgeable about the items listed. Furthermore, agencies are required to provide notice of their agendas to small entities and to solicit their comments by direct notification or by inclusion in publications likely to be obtained by such entities.

Additionally, Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to publish, twice each year, a regulatory agenda of regulations under development or review during the next year, and the Executive order states that such an agenda may be combined with the agenda published in accordance with the RFA. The regulatory flexibility agenda lists the regulatory activities expected to be under development or review during the next 12 months. It includes all such activities, whether or not they may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This agenda also includes regulatory activities that appeared in the fall 2015 agenda and have been completed by the Commission prior to publication of this agenda. Although CPSC, as an independent regulatory agency, is not required to comply with Executive orders, the Commission does follow Executive Order 12866 with respect to the publication of its regulatory agenda.

The agenda contains a brief description and summary of each regulatory activity, including the objectives and legal basis for each; an approximate schedule of target dates, subject to revision, for the development or completion of each activity; and the name and telephone number of a knowledgeable agency official concerning particular items on the agenda.

Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means of disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at: www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the agenda database.

Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Commission's printed agenda entries include only:

(1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act because they are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities; and

(2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's agenda requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

The agenda reflects an assessment of the likelihood that the specified event will occur during the next year; the precise dates for each rulemaking are uncertain and new information, changes of circumstances or of law may alter anticipated timing. In addition, no final determination by staff or the Commission regarding the need for, or the substance of, any rule or regulation should be inferred from this agenda.

Start Signature

Dated: March 16, 2016.

Todd A. Stevenson,

Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

End Signature

Consumer Product Safety Commission—Prerule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
294Rule Review of: Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets (Section 610 Review)3041-AD47

Consumer Product Safety Commission—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
295Recreational Off-Road Vehicles3041-AC78
Start Printed Page 37419

Consumer Product Safety Commission—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
296Standard for Sling Carriers3041-AD28

Consumer Product Safety Commission—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
297Petition to Amend Test Procedures for Glazing Materials in Architectural Products3041-AD26
298Third Party Testing Burden Reduction3041-AD46

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Prerule Stage

294. Rule Review of: Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets (Section 610 Review)

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1193, Flammable Fabrics Act; 5 U.S.C. 610, Regulatory Flexibility Act

Abstract: The Commission published the Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets in March 2006. The Standard sets open flame performance measures on all mattress sets entered into commerce on or after the effective date in July 2007. The purpose of the rule review is to assess the impact of the rule on small entities and to determine whether the rule should be continued without change, or should be amended or rescinded to make the rule more effective or less burdensome while still maintaining safety objectives. CPSC staff solicited comments on the rule through a Federal Register Notice. Staff also conducted economic and fire loss data analyses to review the impact and effectiveness of the rule. A staff briefing package is being developed and will be submitted to the Commission in FY 2016.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Notice for Comment Published in the Federal Register04/03/1580 FR 18218
Comment Period End06/02/15
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission09/00/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined.

Agency Contact: Lisa Scott, Project Manager, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: 301 987-2064, Email: lscott@cpsc.gov.

RIN: 3041-AD47

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Proposed Rule Stage

295. Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2056; 15 U.S.C. 2058

Abstract: The Commission is considering whether recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) present an unreasonable risk of injury that should be regulated. ROVs are motorized vehicles having four or more low-pressure tires designed for off-road use and intended by the manufacturer primarily for recreational use by one or more persons. The salient characteristics of an ROV include a steering wheel for steering control, foot controls for throttle and braking, bench or bucket seats, a roll-over protective structure, and a maximum speed greater than 30 mph. On October 21, 2009, the Commission voted (4-0-1) to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register. The ANPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2009, and the comment period ended December 28, 2009. The Commission received two letters requesting an extension of the comment period. The Commission extended the comment period until March 15, 2010. Staff conducted testing and evaluation programs to develop performance requirements addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and occupant protection. On October 29, 2014, the Commission voted (3-2) to publish an NPRM proposing standards addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and occupant protection. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014. On January 23, 2015, the Commission published a notice of extension of the comment period for the NPRM, extending the comment period to April 8, 2015. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill provides that during fiscal year 2016, none of the amounts made available by the Appropriations Bill may be used to finalize or implement the Safety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles published by the CPSC in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68964) (ROV NPRM) until after the National Academy of Sciences completes a study to determine specific information as set forth in the Appropriations Bill. Staff has ceased work on a Final Rule briefing package that would implement the ROV NPRM, but continues to engage in the development of voluntary standards associated with ROVs. In FY 2016, staff will prepare a briefing package assessing the voluntary standards for Commission consideration.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Staff Sends ANPRM Briefing Package to Commission10/07/09
Commission Decision10/21/09
ANPRM10/28/0974 FR 55495
ANPRM Comment Period Extended12/22/0974 FR 67987
Extended Comment Period End03/15/10
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to Commission09/24/14
Staff Sends Supplemental Information on ROVs to Commission10/17/14
Commission Decision10/29/14
NPRM Published in Federal Register11/19/1479 FR 68964
NPRM Comment Period Extended01/23/1580 FR 3535
Start Printed Page 37420
Extended Comment Period End04/08/15
Staff Sends Briefing Package Assessing Voluntary Standards to Commission09/00/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Caroleene Paul, Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: 301 987-2225, Email: cpaul@cpsc.gov.

RIN: 3041-AC78

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Final Rule Stage

296. Standard for Sling Carriers

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-314, sec 104

Abstract: Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the Commission to issue consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. The Commission is directed to assess the effectiveness of applicable voluntary standards, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, promulgate consumer product safety standards that are substantially the same as the voluntary standard, or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission determines that more stringent standards would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The CPSIA requires that not later than August 14, 2009, the Commission begin rulemaking for at least two categories of durable infant or toddler products and promulgate two such standards every six months thereafter. The Commission proposed a consumer product safety standard for infant sling carriers as part of this series of standards for durable infant and toddler products. On June 13, 2014, staff sent an NPRM briefing package to the Commission. The Commission voted unanimously (3-0) to approve publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2014. Following review of the comments, staff will prepare a Final Rule briefing package for the Commission's consideration.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to the Commission06/13/14
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM07/09/14
NPRM07/23/1479 FR 42724
NPRM Comment Period End10/06/14
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing Package to Commission09/00/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Hope Nesteruk, Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: 301 987-2579, Email: hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.

RIN: 3041-AD28

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Completed Actions

297. Petition To Amend Test Procedures for Glazing Materials in Architectural Products

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553; 15 U.S.C. 2056; 15 U.S.C. 2058

Abstract: The Commission received correspondence from William M. Hannay, counsel for the Safety Glazing Certification Council, requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking to replace the current testing procedures for glazing materials codified at 16 CFR 1201.4 with those contained in ANSI Z97.1, “American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Building-Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.” The request was docketed as Petition CP 12-3, under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). On August 23, 2012, the Commission voted unanimously to approve publication of a notice in the Federal Register to solicit public comments on the petition. The notice was published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2012. The comment period closed on October 29, 2012. CPSC staff reviewed the submitted comments and sent a briefing package to the Commission on April 3, 2013. The Commission voted unanimously on April 9, 2013, to grant the petition. Staff prepared an NPRM briefing package for Commission consideration. The briefing package went to the Commission on May 6, 2015. The Commission voted to issue the NPRM on May 15, 2015. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on May 22, 2015. The comment period closed on July 21, 2015. Staff sent a Final Rule briefing package to the Commission on March 2, 2016. The Commission voted unanimously (5-0) on March 8, 2016, to approve publication in the Federal Register of the Final Rule, as drafted, to amend the Commission's regulations at 16 CFR part 1201, by replacing the testing procedures provided at 16 CFR 1201.4, with the voluntary standard, ANSI Z97.1-2015, American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings-Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Petition Docketed08/17/12
Notice for Comment Published in Federal Register08/30/1277 FR 52625
Comment Period End10/29/12
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission04/03/13
Commission Decision04/09/13
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to Commission05/15/15
NPRM05/22/1580 FR 29555
NPRM Comment Period End07/21/15
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing Package to Commission03/02/16
Commission Decision to Approve Publication of Final Rule in the Federal Register03/08/16
Final Rule Published in the Federal Register03/23/1681 FR 15427
Final Rule Effective04/22/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Brian M. Baker, Project Manager, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences Mechanical, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Start Printed Page 37421Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: 301 987-2289, Email: bbaker@cpsc.gov.

RIN: 3041-AD26

298. Third Party Testing Burden Reduction

Legal Authority: Sec 3, Pub. L. 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016; 15 U.S.C. 2063(d)(3)(B)

Abstract: Section 14(i)(3) of the Consumer Product Safety Act requires the Commission to seek opportunities to reduce the cost of third party testing requirements consistent with assuring compliance with any applicable children's product safety rule. In the FY 2015 Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to submit a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) briefing package to the Commission addressing items to reduce third party testing burdens. On June 30, 2015, staff sent a briefing package to the Commission for a Direct Final Rule (DFR) and an NPRM for a determination regarding heavy elements limits for unfinished and untreated wood. On July 10, 2015, the Commission voted to publish the DFR and NPRM in the Federal Register. On July 17, 2015, the DFR and NPRM were published in the Federal Register with the comment period closing on August 17, 2015. On August 26, 2015, staff sent a draft Federal Register Notice withdrawing the DFR because the Commission received adverse comments regarding the DFR.

On September 1, 2015, the Commission voted to publish a notice of withdrawal of the DFR in the Federal Register. The notice of withdrawal published in the Federal Register on September 10, 2015. On December 8, 2015, staff sent a briefing package for a Final Rule for a determination regarding heavy elements for unfinished and untreated wood. On December 8, 2015, the Commission voted to publish the final rule in the Federal Register. On December 17, 2015, the Final Rule published in the Federal Register with an effective date of January 19, 2016.

On September 30, 2015, staff sent a briefing package to the Commission for a DFR and NPRM to clarify when component part testing can be used and which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. On October 8, 2015, the Commission voted to publish the DFR and the NPRM in the Federal Register. On October 14, 2015, the DFR and NPRM published in the Federal Register. On November 19, 2015, the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date and extending the comment period for the DFR. On January 4, 2016, the Commission published a Notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date and reopening the comment period for the DFR. The DFR became final with an effective date of February 12, 2016.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Commission Votes to Publish DFR and NPRM in Federal Register07/10/15
NPRM Published in the Federal Register07/17/1580 FR 42438
DFR Published in the Federal Register07/17/1580 FR 42376
NPRM Comment Period End08/17/15
DFR Comment Period End08/17/15
Staff Sends Notice of Withdrawal to Commission08/26/15
Commission Votes to Publish Notice of Withdrawal of DFR09/01/15
Notice of Withdrawal of DFR Published in Federal Register09/10/1580 FR 54417
Staff Sends DFR/NPRM Briefing Package to Commission09/30/15
Commission Votes to Publish DFR/NPRM in Federal Register10/08/15
DFR and NPRM Published in the Federal Register10/24/1580 FR 61729, 80 FR 61773
Notice Delaying Effective Date11/19/15
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing Package to Commission12/08/15
Commission Votes to Publish Final Rule in Federal Register12/08/15
Final Rule Published in the Federal Register12/17/1580 FR 78651
Notice Delaying Effective Date and Reopening Comment Period01/04/16
Final Rule Effective02/12/1681 FR 2

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Randy Butturini, Project Manager, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, Phone: 301 504-7562, Email: rbutturini@cpsc.gov.

RIN: 3041-AD46

End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2016-12932 Filed 6-8-16; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6355-01-P