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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Intent to request public comments.

SUMMARY:

As part of its ongoing, systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, the Commission announces a modified ten-year regulatory review schedule. No Commission determination on the need for, or the substance of, the rules and guides listed below should be inferred from this notice.

DATES:

May 2, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Further details about particular rules or Start Printed Page 18747guides may be obtained from the contact person listed below for the rule or guide.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

To ensure that its rules and industry guides remain relevant and are not unduly burdensome, the Commission reviews them on a ten-year schedule. Each year the Commission publishes its review schedule, with adjustments made in response to public input, changes in the marketplace, and resource demands.

When the Commission reviews a rule or guide, it publishes a document in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the continuing need for the rule or guide, as well as the rule's or guide's costs and benefits to consumers and businesses. Based on this feedback, the Commission may modify or repeal the rule or guide to address public concerns or changed conditions, or to reduce undue regulatory burden.

The Commission posts information about its review schedule on its website [1] to facilitate comment. This website contains an updated review schedule, a list of rules and guides previously eliminated in the regulatory review process, and the Commission's regulatory review plan.

Modified Ten-Year Schedule for Review of FTC Rules and Guides

For 2019, the Commission intends to initiate a review of, and solicit public comments on, the following rule:

(1) Funeral Industry Practices, 16 CFR part 453. Agency Contact: Patricia H. Poss, (202) 326-2413, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Marketing Practices, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580.

The Commission is currently reviewing 10 of the 64 rules and guides [2] within its jurisdiction. During 2018 and 2019, it completed reviews of 16 CFR 23, Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries; 16 CFR 311, Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil; 16 CFR 460, Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation, and 16 CFR 316, CAN-SPAM Rule. During 2018 and 2019, it also repealed 16 CFR 410, Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown By Television Receiving Sets, and voted to rescind 16 CFR 18, Guides for the Nursery Industry. A copy of the Commission's modified regulatory review schedule, indicating initiation dates for reviews through 2029, is appended. The Commission, in its discretion, may modify or reorder the schedule in the future to incorporate new rules, or to respond to external factors (such as changes in the law) or other considerations.

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41-58.

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By direction of the Commission.

Julie A. Mack,

Acting Secretary.

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Appendix

Regulatory Review Modified Ten-Year Schedule

16 CFR partTopicYear to initiate review
24Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather ProductsCurrently Under Review.
308Trade Regulation Rule Pursuant to the Telephone Disclosure and Dispute Resolution Act of 1992 [Pay Per Call Rule]Currently Under Review.
310Telemarketing Sales RuleCurrently Under Review.
314Standards for Safeguarding Customer InformationCurrently Under Review.
315Contact Lens RuleCurrently Under Review.
423Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece GoodsCurrently Under Review.
433Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses [Holder in Due Course Rule]Currently Under Review.
436Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning FranchisingCurrently Under Review.
456Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule)Currently Under Review.
681Identity Theft [Red Flag] RulesCurrently Under Review.
453Funeral Industry Practices2019.
14Administrative Interpretations, General Policy Statements, and Enforcement Policy Statements2020.
255Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising2020.
313Privacy of Consumer Financial Information2020.
317Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation Rule2020.
318Health Breach Notification Rule2020.
432Power Output Claims for Amplifiers Utilized in Home Entertainment Products2020.
640Duties of Creditors Regarding Risk-Based Pricing2020.
641Duties of Users of Consumer Reports Regarding Address Discrepancies2020.
642Prescreen Opt-Out Notice2020.
660Duties of Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies2020.
680Affiliate Marketing2020.
698Model Forms and Disclosures2020.
801[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Coverage Rules2020.
802[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Exemption Rules2020.
803[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Transmittal Rules2020.
437Business Opportunity Rule2021.
233Guides Against Deceptive Pricing2022.
238Guides Against Bait Advertising2022.
251Guide Concerning Use of the Word “Free” and Similar Representations2022.
260Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims2022.
312Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule2022.
254Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools2023.
309Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles2023.
429Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations2023.
20Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned, and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry2024.
240Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services [Fred Meyer Guides]2024.
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300Rules and Regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 19392024.
301Rules and Regulations under Fur Products Labeling Act2024.
303Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act2024.
425Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans2024.
435Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise2024.
424Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices [Unavailability Rule]2024.
239Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees2025.
306Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting2025.
305Energy Labeling Rule2025.
444Credit Practices2025.
500Regulations under Section 4 of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act2025.
501Exemptions from Requirements and Prohibitions under Part 5002025.
502Regulations under Section 5(c) of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act2025
503Statements of General Policy or Interpretation [under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act]2025.
700Interpretations of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act2025.
701Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions2025.
702Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms2025.
703Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures2025.
304Rules and Regulations under the Hobby Protection Act2026.
455Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule2026.
259Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles2027.
682Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records2027.
23Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries2028.
311Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil2028.
460Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation2028.
316CAN-SPAM Rule2029.
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Footnotes

2.  The Commission will have 63 rules and guides within its jurisdiction after its rescission of 16 CFR 18 becomes effective.

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