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New CPSC Chairman Pledges to Increase Import Inspections, Add New Standards

Posted August 06, 2014

Under International Trade Issues, U.S. Customs Issues

(STR Trade Report)

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that on July 31 Elliot F. Kaye was sworn in as CPSC chairman and Joseph P. Mohorovic was sworn in as CPSC commissioner.

Kaye identified three major areas of focus for the CPSC during his term, which expires in October 2020.

  • strengthening CPSC’s line of defense at U.S. ports to keep dangerous imports out, including by “greatly” expanding the number of shipments CPSC investigators inspect at the ports and using data, advanced technologies and well-trained staff to detect and detain more violative and dangerous products, and to increase the flow of compliant goods
  • seeking to work even more closely with industry and voluntary standards organizations to develop standards for products not covered by any standard and enhance standards that have not kept pace with advances in safety technology
  • prioritizing brain safety in youth sports

Mohorovic added that “there are many complex issues and challenges that lie ahead” for the CPSC, “not the least of which is an increasingly complex global supply chain.”

Kaye most recently served as CPSC’s executive director and previously was chief of staff and chief counsel to former Chairman Inez Moore Tenenbaum. Mohorovic served with the CPSC earlier in his career and most recently was senior vice president of product testing company Intertek.