The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
amended the flammability performance testing standard for mattresses and
mattress pads in response to a change in ignition source cigarette.
At the beginning of October 2020, the CPSC voted 4-0
to approve the publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that amends
Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads (16 CFR Part
1632). This change was required because the original standard required the use
of the Standard Reference Material (SRM) cigarette SRM 1196. However, the sole
supplier of ignition source cigarette SRM 1196,
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), had completely depleted
its stock and was now unable to procure further supplies.
The approved change allows the use of a replacement to
SRM 1196, the new ignition source cigarette SRM 1196a. Exhaustive studies have
shown that SRM 1196a is statistically equivalent to SRM 1196 and according to
CPSC staffers, “SRM 1196a is a comparable, safety neutral replacement for SRM
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