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CPSC to Set Priorities for Next Fiscal Year

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a one-day hearing on 1 May on agenda priorities for fiscal year 2020, which begins on 1 October 2019, as well as its budget request for fiscal year 2021, which begins on 1 October 2020. Parties wishing to submit comments in connection with these matters must do so by 17 April.

Parties may comment on the priorities the CPSC should consider emphasising and dedicating resources toward, any activities the CPSC should consider de-emphasising, and any retrospective reviews of rules the CPSC should consider in its FY 2020 operating plan and/or its FY 2021 congressional budget request. The CPSC notes that its programmes will align with the strategic objectives outlined in the agency’s 2018-2022 strategic plan, namely:

  • focusing the agency’s resources on the highest-priority product safety risks;
  • continuing to support import surveillance by operating, maintaining and developing the Risk Assessment Methodology system to identify and stop non-compliant imported products from entering the U.S. marketplace;
  • emphasising collaboration, outreach and education by engaging all stakeholders through forums, advisory groups, seminars, webinars, technical stakeholder-to-government discussions and workshops; and
  • expanding the sources and types of data analysis used to identify and assess hazards and inform solutions to address identified hazards.

Commenters should submit input on CPSC priorities as presented in the agency’s FY 2020 budget request and may also comment on whether the CPSC should consider making any changes or adjustments to its proposed or on-going safety standards activities or its regulatory and enforcement efforts in FYs 2020 and 2021.

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