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Accession Number PB2013-103466
Title Consumer Product Safety Commission: Agency Faces Challenges in Responding to New Product Risks.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 57p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Growing numbers of consumer product recalls in 2007 and 2008, particularly of imported toys and children's products, focused increased attention on CPSC. In the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress directed GAO to analyze the potential safety risks associated with new and emerging consumer products. CPSC's approach focuses on new hazards, which could be risks associated with both new and existing products. Therefore, this report evaluates the authority and ability of CPSC to (1) stay generally informed about new risks associated with consumer products and use available information to identify product hazards, and (2) assess and address new risks posed by consumer products in a timely manner. GAO reviewed CPSC's statutory and regulatory authorities to respond to product hazards; reviewed agency documents on risk assessment; reviewed CPSC corrective actions; and met with agency officials and representatives from national consumer, industry, and legal organizations with expertise in consumer product safety and risk assessment. GAO observed CPSC's testing facility and demonstrations of its information system upgrades.
Keywords Accident prevention
Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)
Consumer products
Consumer protection
Hazards
Information systems
Recalls
Regulations
Risk
Safety
Testing

 
Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 96D - Consumer Affairs
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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