Vol. 855 | 18 Sep 2015

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has withdrawn the direct final rule issued on July 17, 2015, exempting unfinished and untreated wood from tree trunks used in toys from the third party testing requirements for heavy elements per ASTM F963-11.

The exemption and direct final rule, based on literature review, were contingent upon whether any significant adverse comments would be received by the CPSC within the comment period. Significant adverse comments were received by the CPSC during comment period, which led to the withdrawal of the rule. These comments will be addressed in a separate action based on the July 17th notice of proposed rulemaking.

The withdrawal of the direct final rule published on July 17, 2015, is effective September 10, 2015.

The notice for withdrawal of the direct final rule can be found at - http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-10/pdf/2015-22829.pdf  

For questions, please contact Laxmi Ravikumar (laxmi.ravikumar@intertek.com, 630-209-9265) or Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia (pratik.ichhaporia@intertek.com, 312-906-7720).

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