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Product Safety Mark Requirement Eased for Household Refrigerators

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a policy statement indicating that effective 2 August it will not pursue compliance or enforcement actions against importers, manufacturers or private labellers of household refrigerators for failure to issue, provide or make available to the CPSC the general conformity certificate required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, provided that the product bears an appropriate safety certification mark indicating compliance with UL Standard 60335-2-24.

Under the CPSIA, GCCs must certify that, based on a test of each product or upon a reasonable testing programme, the covered product complies with all applicable rules, bans, standards or regulations. However, the CPSC states that in this case a certification mark indicating compliance with the UL standard is an appropriate proxy for a GCC indicating compliance with the Refrigerator Safety Act and its implementing regulation, 16 CFR Part 1750.

The CPSC states that if a household refrigerator does not bear this mark none of this policy, the enforcement discretion described therein or the implications of such discretion will apply. The CPSC warns that any misrepresentation or omissions regarding a household refrigerator bearing such a mark could subject the firm to compliance or enforcement action and potential civil and/or criminal penalties.

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