The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a direct final rule amending 16 C.F.R. Part 1227 – Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers.
The previous version of this rule incorporates by reference an earlier version of the ASTM standard, ASTM F833-13b, with a modification to address head entrapment hazards associated with multi-positional/adjustable grab bars.
The new rule incorporates by reference ASTM F833–15, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers and will become effective on 2 October 2016.
Additional details are in the Federal Register notice is available from: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-09/pdf/2016-13663.pdf
Sections I and J in the Federal Register notice discuss Certification and the Notice of Requirements for CPSC acceptance of third party laboratories.
Importantly, the Commission considers the existing accreditations that the Commission has accepted for testing to the previous standard to also to cover testing to the revised standard. The existing NOR for this standard will remain in place, and CPSC-accepted third party testing laboratories are expected to update the scope of the testing laboratories’ accreditation to reflect the revised standard in the normal course of renewing their accreditation with their accreditation body.
Laboratories that are already CPSC-accepted for testing to 16 C.F.R. Part 1227 are not required to reapply with the CPSC for acceptance to the revised standard. This notification is to alert interested parties that the revised rule now incorporates ASTM F833–15.
For testing laboratories to be considered for CPSC-acceptance for testing to this standard, the scope of accreditation must include a specific reference to “16 C.F.R. Part 1227.”
The main information page for CPSC acceptance of third party testing laboratories is available from: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Business–Manufacturing/Testing-Certification/Lab-Accreditation/