Today the Commission is taking very significant action to further implement those provisions of the CPSIA dealing with testing and certification. In the agreed-to Federal Register Notice (see CPSC website), we are setting out a schedule for lifting the stay of enforcement we adopted in February, 2009. This action impacts a number of different products in a number of different ways. However, the action that will be of most interest across industry lines is our decision to extend for one additional year, until February 10, 2011, the stay on testing and certification to the lead content standards.
The stay was needed because the deadlines set out in the CPSIA were wildly unrealistic and their enforcement would have resulted in even more chaos in the marketplace than we have already seen over the past year without increasing safety. Since the stay of enforcement did not negate the need to comply with the underlying requirements of the law, it provided relief to regulated industry without impacting consumer safety.