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CPSIA – Congress clears bill that protects libraries from enforcement

Congress passed a bill (HR 2715) that has resolved the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and how it impacts libraries.  Basically the lead testing requirements will not apply to ordinary books.  For more information, see the District Dispatch posting.

All of Maryland’s Senators and Representatives voted yes on this bill.  Many thanks to everyone who contacted members of Congress about this issue!  You are encouraged to contact your members of Congress and thank them for resolving this long-standing issue.  You can use Capwiz to do this.

Action Alert! Support bill to exempt ordinary books from CPSIA

A bill (HR 272) has been reintroduced in the House to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to exclude ordinary books from required lead testing standards.  Lead tests on books have found lead levels far below the future requirements.  Last year the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that although Congress did not intend to include ordinary books, the CPSC could not grant an exclusion for these items.  The CPSC issued a one-year stay for implementation, which is set to expire on February 10th.

HR 272 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The complete list of committee members for the 112th Congress has not yet been posted, but Sarbanes did serve on this committee in the 111th Congress.

Please contact your representative in the House and ask them to support and/or co-sponsor HR 272.  A Capwiz Action Alert has been set up at and provides additional background information and talking points.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

CPSC releases CPSIA report to Congress

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released its report to Congress about the problems with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  The report acknowledges that books are a problem and agrees that Congress likely did not intend to include books.  However, it determined that CPSC cannot exclude books and instead has stated that Congress may need to consider granting an exclusion. 

 A statement from CPSC in August 2009 indicated that libraries were under no obligation to test books for lead.  (See the August 27, 2009 District Dispatch posting for more on this statement.)

 For more details, including a link to the report, please see the District Dispatch posting.

 The American Library Association Washington Office is currently working to determine the best next step.

CPSC to release additional guidance on CPSIA

According to the District Dispatch:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously (5-0) to extend a stay of enforcement on testing and certification of many regulated children’s products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). While enforcement of specific CPSC testing requirements has been stayed, the products must still comply with all applicable rules and bans.” 

CPSC must also still respond by January 15th to a directive from Congress:

“…the CPSC must assess enforcement efforts of section 101(a) – the section impacting libraries – including difficulties encountered. They must also release recommendations for improvement to the statute.” 

For more information, including a link to the CPSC press release, see the District Dispatch posting.


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