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AGENCY:

Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announces that the CPSC has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for extension of approval of a collection of information for Third Party Testing of Children's Products, approved previously under OMB Control No. 3041-0159. In the Federal Register of March 13, 2019, the CPSC published a notice to announce the agency's intention to seek extension of approval of the collection of information. The Commission did not receive any comments on the proposed extension of approval. By publication of this notice, the Commission announces that CPSC has submitted to the OMB a request for extension of approval of that collection of information, without change.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by July 8, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments about this request by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or fax: 202-395-6881. Comments by mail should be sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the CPSC, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. In addition, written comments that are sent to OMB, also should be submitted electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov, under Docket No. CPSC-2010-0038.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bretford Griffin, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-7037, or by email to: bgriffin@cpsc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Third Party Testing of Children's Products.

OMB Number: 3041-0159.

Type of Review: Renewal of collection for third party testing of children's products and inclusion of the following into this collection of information: (1) The previously approved burden for marking and labeling of certain durable infant and toddler products; (2) the labeling requirements set forth in the rule establishing requirements for electrically operated toys or other electrically operated articles intended for children (16 CFR part 1505) (electrically operated toys and other articles rule) and the recordkeeping requirements set forth in the rule that are not also covered by the Commission's third party testing rule at 16 CFR part 1107; and (3) recordkeeping and labelling requirements set forth in the ban on articles known as “baby bouncers” or “walker-jumpers,” or similar articles that are not covered by 16 CFR part 1216 and that are not also covered by the testing rule or the rules issued under section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (baby bouncer/walker-jumper rule, 16 CFR 1500.18(a)(6) and 1500.86(a)(4)).

General Description of Collection

Testing and Certification: On November 8, 2011, the Commission issued two rules for implementing third party testing and certification of children's products, as required by section 14 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA):

  • Testing and Labeling Pertaining to Product Certification (76 FR 69482, codified at 16 CFR part 1107; the testing rule); and
  • Conditions and Requirements for Relying on Component Part Testing or Certification, or Another Party's Finished Product Testing or Certification to Meet Testing and Certification Requirements (76 FR 69547, codified at 16 CFR part 1109; the component part rule).

The testing rule establishes requirements for manufacturers to conduct initial third party testing and certification of children's products, testing when there has been a material change in the product, continuing testing (periodic testing), and guarding against undue influence. A final rule on Representative Samples for Periodic Testing of Children's Products (77 FR 72205, Dec. 5, 2012) amended the testing rule to require that representative samples be selected for periodic testing of children's products.

The component part rule, a companion to the testing rule, is intended to reduce third party testing burdens by providing all parties involved in the required testing and certifying of children's products the flexibility to conduct or rely upon testing that is the easiest and least expensive. Certification of a children's product can be based upon one or more of the following: (a) Component part testing; (b) component part certification; (c) another party's finished product testing; or (d) another party's finished product certification.

Section 1107.26 of the testing rule states the records required for testing and selecting representative samples, including a certificate, and records documenting third party testing and related sampling plans. 16 CFR 1107.26. These requirements largely overlap the recordkeeping requirements in the component part rule, codified at 16 CFR Start Printed Page 266541109.5(g). Duplicate recordkeeping is not required; records need to be created and maintained only once to meet the applicable recordkeeping requirements. The component part rule also requires records that enable tracing a product or component back to the entity that had a product tested for compliance. The rule also requires attestations of due care to ensure test result integrity.

Section 104 Rules: The Commission has issued 22 rules for durable infant and toddler products under section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) (section 104 rules). Section 104 rules issued to date appear in Table 1. Each section 104 rule contains requirements for marking, labeling, and instructional literature:

  • Each product and the shipping container must have a permanent label or marking that identifies the name and address (city, state, and zip code) of the manufacturer, distributor, or seller.
  • A permanent code mark or other product identification shall be provided on the product and its package or shipping container, if multiple packaging is used. The code will identify the date (month and year) of manufacture and permit future identification of any given model.

Each standard also requires products to include easy-to-read and understand instructions regarding assembly, maintenance, cleaning, use, and adjustments, where applicable.

OMB has assigned control numbers for the estimated burden to comply with marking and labeling requirements in each section 104 rule. With this renewal, CPSC is moving the marking and labeling burden requirements for eight (8) additional section 104 rules issued since the last renewal in 2016 into the collection of information for Third Party Testing of Children's Products. The paperwork burdens associated with the section 104 rules are appropriately included in the collection for Third Party Testing of Children's Products because all of the section 104 products are also required to be third party tested. Having all of the burden hours under one collection for children's products provides one OMB control number and eases the administrative burden of renewing multiple collections. CPSC will discontinue using the OMB control numbers currently assigned to individual section 104 rules. The discontinued OMB control numbers are listed in Table 1.

Electrically Operated Toys and Other Articles: The requirements for electrically operated toys and other electrically operated articles intended for use by children are set forth in 16 CFR part 1505. The regulation establishes certain criteria to use in determining whether electrically operated toys and other electrically operated children's products are banned, and requires that certain warning and identification labeling be included on both the product and the packaging. The regulation also requires that manufacturers establish a quality assurance program to assure compliance and to keep records pertaining to the quality assurance program. Additionally, manufacturers or importers must keep records of the sale and distribution of the products.

CPSC currently has an OMB control number (3041-0035) for the estimated burden in complying with the requirements for electrically operated toys and other articles. Because most of the recordkeeping requirements in this information collection are essentially the same as those of the testing rule, with this renewal, we are moving the marking and labeling burden requirement into the collection of information for Third Party Testing of Children's Products to avoid double-counting the burden. If this renewal request is approved, CPSC will request termination of the existing OMB control number for this information collection.

Baby-Bouncer/Walker-Jumper Rule: The requirements for baby bouncers, baby walkers, and similar articles that are not covered by 16 CFR part 1216 (Safety Standard for Infant Walkers) is set forth under 16 CFR 1500.18(a)(6) and 1500.86(a)(4). The regulation establishes certain criteria to use in determining whether certain baby-bouncers, walker-jumpers, or similar products are banned. The regulation requires that each product be labelled with information that will permit future identification by the manufacturer of the particular model of bouncer or walker-jumper. In addition, records of sale, distribution, and results of tests and inspections must be kept for three years and made available to CPSC upon request. Products covered under this regulation are not duplicative of an existing section 104 rule.

CPSC currently has an OMB control number (3041-0035) for the estimated burden in complying with the requirements in this regulation. Because most of the recordkeeping requirements in this information collection are essentially the same as those of the testing rule, with this renewal, we are moving the recordkeeping requirements into the collection of information for Third Party Testing of Children's Products to avoid double-counting the burden. If this renewal request is approved, CPSC will request termination of the existing OMB control number for this information collection.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Affected Public: Manufacturers and importers of children's products subject to a children's product safety rule.

Estimated Number of Respondents

Testing and Certification: Recordkeeping requirements in parts 1107 and 1109 apply to all manufacturers or importers of children's products that are covered by one or more children's product safety rules promulgated and/or enforced by the CPSC. To estimate the number of respondents, we reviewed every industry category in the NAICS and selected those industry categories that included firms that could manufacture or sell such children's products. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we determined that there are more than 37,000 manufacturers, almost 80,000 wholesalers, and about 128,000 retailers in these categories. However, not all of the firms in these categories manufacture or import children's products that are covered by children's product safety rules. Therefore, these numbers would constitute a high estimate of the number of firms that are subject to the recordkeeping requirements. Accordingly, when calculating the recordkeeping burden, CPSC relies on estimates of the number of children's products that are manufactured or imported. We estimate that approximately 300,000 non-apparel children's products and approximately 1.2 million children's apparel and footwear products are covered by the rules.

Section 104 Rules: Table 1 summarizes the section 104 rules for durable infant and toddler products subject to the marking and labeling requirement that have been or are now being moved into OMB control number 3041-0159. Table 1 contains the estimated number of manufacturers and models and the total respondent hours. The 8 new section 104 rules being moved into this information collection are shown in bold text.Start Printed Page 26655

Table 1—Estimated Burden for Marking and Labeling in Section 104 Rules

Discontinued OMB control Nbr16 CFR partDescriptionMfrsModelsTotal respondent hours
3041-01451215Safety Standard for Infant Bath Seats12224
3041-01411216Safety Standard for Infant Walkers19476
3041-01501217Safety Standard for Toddler Beds111101,110
3041-01571218Safety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles724288
3041-01471219Safety Standard for Full-Size Cribs80131,040
3041-01471220Safety Standard for Non-Full-Size Cribs39278
3041-01521221Safety Standard for Play Yards344136
3041-01601222Safety Standard for Infant Bedside Sleepers13226
3041-01551223Safety Standard for Swings6848
3041-01491224Safety Standard for Portable Bedrails18236
3041-01581225Safety Standard for Hand-Held Infant Carriers782156
3041-01621226Safety Standard for Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers443132
3041-01641227Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers1007700
3041-01671228Safety Standard for Sling Carriers1,0002*8,500
3041-01741229Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats264104
3041-01661230Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers14342
3041-01731231Safety Standard for High Chairs833249
3041-01721232Safety Standard for Children's Folding Chairs and Stools17234
3041-01701233Safety Standard for Hook-On-Chairs717
3041-01711234Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs27254
3041-01751235Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products1416846
3041-01781237Safety Standard for Booster Seats522104
Total Burden Hours13,790
* Includes 6,500 hours for instructional literature.

Electrically Operated Toys and Other Articles Rule: CPSC staff estimates that about 40 manufacturers and importers are subject to this regulation.

Baby-Bouncer/Walker-Jumper Rule: CPSC staff estimates that about 6 firms are subject to the testing and recordkeeping requirements of this regulation.

Estimated Time per Response

Testing and Certification: Based on the comments we received on the proposed testing rule, we revised the estimated number of children's products that are affected, as well as the hourly recordkeeping burden estimate. We estimate that approximately 300,000 non-apparel children's products are covered by the rule and that an average of 5 hours will be needed for the recordkeeping associated with these products per year. We also estimate that there are approximately 1.2 million children's apparel and footwear products, for which an average of 3 hours of recordkeeping will be required per year. Manufacturers that are required to conduct periodic testing have an additional recordkeeping burden estimated at 4 hours per representative sampling plan.

Section 104 Rules: Each section 104 rule contains a similar analysis for marking and labeling that estimates the time to make any necessary changes to marking and labeling requirements at one hour per model.

Electrically Operated Toys and Other Articles: Products subject to this regulation are also subject to the requirements of the testing rule. Therefore, the burden of any duplicative recordkeeping requirements will not be reported here, as they were in the cancelled information collection, to avoid double-counting the burden. CPSC staff estimates that the additional burden imposed by this regulation over that imposed by the testing rule, is 30 minutes per product to maintain sales and distribution records for 3 years, and 1 hour to make labeling changes per model.

Baby-Bouncer/Walker-Jumpers: CPSC staff estimates that firms will spend 1 hour per model on recordkeeping requirements, and 1 hour per model on labeling requirements.

Total Estimated Annual Burden

Testing and Certification: The total estimated annual burden for recordkeeping associated with the testing rule is 5.1 million hours (300,000 non-apparel children's products × 5 hours per non-apparel children's product + 1,200,000 children's apparel products × 3 hours per children's apparel product = 1.5 million hours + 3.6 million hours, or a total of 5.1 million hours). Potential additional annual burden associated with use of a representative sampling plan and component part testing are described next.

Representative Sampling Plans for Periodic Testing: We estimate that if each product line averages 50 individual models or styles, then a total of 30,000 individual representative sampling plans (1.5 million children's products ÷ 50 models or styles) would need to be developed and documented. This would require 120,000 hours (30,000 plans × 4 hours per plan). If each product line averages 10 individual models or styles, then a total of 150,000 different representative sampling plans (1.5 million children's products ÷ 10 models or styles) would need to be documented. This would require 600,000 hours (150,000 plans × 4 hours per plan). Accordingly, the requirement to document the basis for selecting representative samples could increase the estimated annual burden by up to 600,000 hours.

Component Part Testing: The component part rule shifts some testing costs and some recordkeeping costs to component part and finished product suppliers, because some testing will be performed by these parties, rather than by the finished product certifiers (manufacturers and importers). Even if a finished product certifier can rely entirely on component part and finished Start Printed Page 26656product suppliers for all required testing, the finished product supplier will still have some recordkeeping burden to create and maintain a finished product certificate. Therefore, although the component part testing rule may reduce the total cost of the testing required by the testing and certification rule, the rule increases the estimated annual recordkeeping burden for those who choose to use component part testing.

Because we do not know how many companies participate in component part testing and supply test reports or certifications to other certifiers in the supply chain, we have no concrete data to estimate the recordkeeping and third party disclosure requirements in the component part rule. Likewise, no clear method exists for estimating the number of finished product certifiers who conduct their own component part testing. In the component part rulemaking, we suggested that the recordkeeping burden for the component part testing rule could amount to 10 percent of the burden estimated for the testing and labeling rule. 76 FR 69546, 69579 (Nov. 8, 2011). Currently, we have no basis to change this estimate.

In addition to recordkeeping, the component part rule requires third party disclosure of test reports and certificates, if any, to a certifier who intends to rely on such documents to issue its own certificate. Without data, allocation of burden estimation between the recordkeeping and third party disclosure requirements is difficult. However, based on our previous analysis, we continue to estimate that creating and maintaining records accounts for approximately 90 percent of the burden, while the third party disclosure burden is much less, perhaps approximately 10 percent. Therefore, if we continue to use the estimate that component part testing will amount to about 10 percent of the burden estimated for the testing rule, then the hour burden of the component part rule is estimated to be about 510,000 hours total annually (10% of 5.1 million hours), allocating 459,000 hours for recordkeeping and 51,000 hours for third party disclosure.

Section 104 Rules: The burden for marking and labeling for each section 104 rule is provided in Table 1. The estimated total number of respondent hours is 13,790.

Electrically Operated Toys and Other Articles Rule: Assuming each of the 40 firms produces 10 new models per year, the estimated annual burden is 200 hours for recordkeeping (40 firms × .5 hour × 10 models) and 400 hours for labeling changes (40 firms × 1 hour × 10 models), for a total estimated annual burden of 600 hours.

Baby-Bouncer/Walker-Jumper Rule: Firms are expected to test, on average, four new models per year. Accordingly, the estimated annual burden is 12 hours on recordkeeping (6 firms × 1 hour × 2 models), and 12 hours on labeling (6 firms × 1 hour × 2 models), for a total estimated annual burden of 24 hours per year.

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Alberta E. Mills,

Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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