SGS Publishes Overview of Recent US Final Rules for Window Coverings

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is reminding stakeholders that the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published two final rules to protect children aged eight years or younger from the risk of strangulation by window covering cords.

The two final rules were published on November 28, 2022. The first, 16 CFR 1260, establishes a safety standard for operating cords on custom window coverings. The second, 16 CFR 1120, makes it clear that window covering that fail to comply with one or more of the following requirements of ANSI/WCMA A100.1 – 2018 will be considered a substantial product hazard (SPH).

SGS has published SafeGuardS 139.22 to provide stakeholders with in-depth information on the scope and requirements of both pieces of legislation. This includes definitions for both custom and stock window covering, especially pertinent to 16 CFR 1120, and information on the specific requirements in both final rules. Included in the SafeGuardS are details of the rules relating to the manufacture and importation of custom window coverings between November 28, 2022, and May 30, 2023.

Stakeholders are advised to review original SGS SafeGuardS 139.22 for more information. They should also be aware of the following effective dates:

– 16 CFR 1260 – May 30, 2023
– 16 CFR 1120 – December 28, 2022

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SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full US CPSC Issues Final Rules for Window Coverings SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dennis Lancion
SGS Connectivity & Products
Technical Manager (Hardlines)
Tel: +1 (905) 364-3757
LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

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