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CPSIA – Nord/Northup DB Proposal REVEALED

The embargoed counter-proposal on the public database published this week by Republican CPSC Commissioners Nancy Nord and Anne Northup was briefly available online. During its fleeting moment in the sunshine, we were able to capture it and make it avaiable for your reading pleasure now.

The apparent reason that the Powers-That-Be took this proposal down was that Nord and Northup asked you to give “comments” on their ideas. Whoa, that’s across the line, baby! Comments solicited from the public must be authorized by a vote of the Commission, especially if the proposal was not written by a Democrat.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to verify what kind of Commission vote is required to READ public comments.

I suggest you send comments in to Nord and Northup urgently. I think they might even read them!

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CPSIA – Nord/Northup DB Proposal REVEALED

CPSIA – Booz Allen Baloney

Hey, how many of you have been contacted by Booz Allen Hamilton to participate in the CPSC Strategic Planning Initiative? On February 17, BAH consultants addressed ICPHSO and told us the following (quoted from my blogpost of February 17):

  • Agency is committing to protecting consumers (that’s the angle).
  • The agency is committed to inclusiveness and transparency, so they will be asking for input from stakeholders throughout the process.
  • Will have focus groups and seminars in the near future. Looking for input and to validate their thinking.
  • Will keep you posted on progress and their ideas along the way. Can send in questions for clarification.
  • They NEED our input. Transformation efforts need engagement of all stakeholders.

Yet I am now told that the BAH report is due anytime now. Although I requested to be included in this program and although the agency promsied publicly to allow stakeholders to participate in shaping the strategy . . . nothing. It appears to me that NONE of these promises were kept. Rumor has it, however, that the consumer groups were consulted. What-a-surprise!

I think this matters a LOT. After all, credibility and trust are destroyed by broken promises, even if by going quiet the agency is able to induce a sleepy state among stakeholders. That’s not too hard, given the rotten state of the economy that keeps most business people focused on survival, rather than keeping a close eye on the latest twists and turns from the CPSC.

In her keynote speech to the Consumer Federation of America on March 11, 2010, Ms. Tenenbaum bragged about holding RC2, Fisher-Price, Mattel [Fisher-Price and Mattel are the same company, notably] and Target “accountable” for lead-in-paint violations that preceded her term in office. So, if it’s right to hold them “accountable” for their failure to do as expected, who should be held accountable for the utter failure of the CPSC to keep its promises on Booz Allen? Or should we just get ready to applaud appreciatively for the strategic report when issued, as though everything’s fine?

I am tired of getting the shaft in the new CPSIA world.

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CPSIA – RILA Requests Comments on its Global Standards

We received the following request from RILA about its new Global Standards. Here are some FAQs they supplied. RILA is asking for comments by December 1 which I think is too tight. We have asked them to extend the date into mid-January . . . it is the Xmas season.

These standards are yet another massive threat to the manufacturing community. It is essential that MANY companies contribute their ideas and comments to protect our ability to do business with the mass market merchants. Frankly, you ignore this standard at your peril. Please send RILA your comments.

Dear Supplier,

Earlier this year, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) joined with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to develop a retail-led, Global Standard for Consumer Product Manufacturing (GSCPM). RILA has been distributing drafts of the Standard through fellow trade associations, including possibly your own, since July 2009.

You have been identified by a RILA member as a key stakeholder in the development of this Standard and attached you’ll find the latest draft of the BRC/RILA Global Standard for Consumer Product Manufacturing.

As the BRC/RILA Standard drafting process comes to an end, we welcome your comments and value your feedback on the content. Please email all comments directly to Jim.Neill@rila.org by December 1, 2009.

Key components of the BRC/RILA Standard includes development of Sector Specific Guidelines, as well as a phased, orderly implementation. Please consider working with us in the development of these in the near future and let me know if you’re interested.

In addition to the BRC/RILA Standard, you will also find attached a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Standard and the program. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working with you in the upcoming months.

Best Regards,

Jim Neill
Vice President, Product Safety
Retail Industry Leaders Association
1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 2250
Arlington, VA 22209
Direct: 703∙600∙2022
Mobile: 202∙412∙8960
Fax: 703∙841∙1184
mailto:Jim.Neill@retail-leaders.org

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CPSIA – RILA Requests Comments on its Global Standards