CPSIA Update: CPSC Erratabase to be Rolled Out

By January 10, 2011Regulations

The Washington Post today previews the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new product safety database in a page one story, “U.S. opening product safety records to public.”

[Major] manufacturing and industry groups have raised concerns about the public database, saying it may be filled with fictitious slams against their brands. Competitors or others with political motives could post inaccurate claims, business leaders say, and the agency will not be able to investigate most of the complaints.

Arguing that this could present a new burden in an already difficult economic environment, they are working behind the scenes to delay or revamp the project.

“We’re not opposed to a database,” said Rosario Palmieri, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers. “We’re opposed to a database that’s full of inaccurate information.”

It’s a page one story. If only the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which created the database, had received such a thorough journalistic examination when Congress was considering it. The NAM certainly made its objections known.

The CPSC’s web conference on the database begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Details.

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