Manufacturers and private-label distributors that do not regularly monitor developments at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may find themselves doing an abrupt about-face with the CPSC’s SaferProducts.gov, a publicly available, searchable database which began operation in March. The database will contain safety information about all products under the CPSC’s jurisdiction, including many products that companies may not think fall into that category.
Early indications are that the CPSC intends to interpret its jurisdiction liberally in determining what products its database should capture. Designed to provide an early warning system to consumers about product defects,the new database opens significant questions and potential problems for manufacturers and private labelers.
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