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Mandatory Standard for Infant Bath Tubs Revised

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising the mandatory standard for infant bath tubs to incorporate by reference the latest version of the applicable ASTM standard. The rule will be effective on 15 January 2019 unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by 22 November 2018. If any such input is received, the CPSC will withdraw the rule before its effective date.

The CPSC issued a mandatory safety standard for infant bath tubs on 30 March 2017 that incorporated by reference the then-current voluntary standard for infant bath tubs, ASTM F2670-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs. On 19 July 2018, ASTM officially notified the CPSC that it had published a revised 2018 version of ASTM F2670, approved on 1 March 2018. The revised ASTM F2670 expands the scope of the voluntary standard to include accessories used with an infant bath tub, includes new performance tests for accessories used with infant bath tubs, and makes corresponding changes to product labelling and instructions. ASTM F2670-18 also includes several non-substantive changes that do not affect safety, such as spacing, formatting and language stating that ASTM developed the standard in accordance with principles recognised by the World Trade Organisation. 

By statute, the revised ASTM F2670-18 must be considered a consumer product safety standard issued by the CPSC effective 180 days after 19 July 2018 (i.e., 15 January 2019) unless the CPSC specifies a later effective date in the Federal Register or notifies ASTM that it has determined that the proposed revision does not improve the safety of infant bath tubs and that it will retain ASTM F2670-17 as the mandatory standard. The CPSC has determined that the proposed revisions in ASTM F2670-18 improve the safety of infant bath tubs and will therefore allow the revisions to become a consumer product safety standard effective on 15 January 2019.

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