SGS summarizes the latest news on the US CPSC rule for custom window coverings

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is keeping stakeholders up to date with the latest regulatory developments affecting custom window coverings in the US.

On November 28, 2022, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) promulgated a rule to establish a safety standard for operating cords on customer window coverings – 16 CFR 1260. This was aimed at reducing the risk of strangulation to children aged eight years and under.

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) then filed a lawsuit on November 30, 2022, to challenge the rule and its compliance date.

On September 12, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of the WCMA in their petition for a review of the CPSC rule. This decision vacates the rule and remands the matter back to the CPSC.

SGS has published SafeGuardS 120.23 to help stakeholders understand this latest development. It includes details of the industry updated version of the standard ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022, which eliminates the use of free hanging operating cords, free hanging tilt cords, and multiple cord connectors on all custom window covering products.

For more information, stakeholders should review SGS’s original SafeGuardS 120.23.

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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 U.S. Court of Appeals Vacates CPSC Rule on Custom Window Coverings SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dennis Lancion
SGS Connectivity & Products
Technical Manager (Hardlines)
Tel: +1 (905) 364-3757
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