CPSC Takes Away Fabric Certification Rules for Low-Risk Adult Apparel
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced plans to remove certain fabric certification rules that apparel companies have had to comply with for years. This move cuts the total annual costs by up to an estimated $250 million to the apparel industry. Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), manufacturers or importers of ordinary adult apparel are subject to the flammability standards established under the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA). As Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic pointed out, the rule also includes a list of fabrics—established more than 30 years ago—that meet the standard. While the commission calculated that more than 60% of this burden falls on small businesses, this mandated importers to comply with paperwork for fabrics that the CPSC has already deemed harmless.
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