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Consumer Protection and Life Safety

NEMA Government Relations engages with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as numerous state legislatures, on numerous consumer protection and life safety initiatives impacting electrical manufacturers. Through our efforts, NEMA keeps our members informed of critical issues and provides guidance to legislative and regulatory bodies considering carbon monoxide & smoke detection legislation and codes, lithium battery ingestion legislation and regulation, and other initiatives, thereby ensuring that such measures achieve necessary goals while limiting potential negative impacts to NEMA member companies.

NEMA Position on Retail Industry’s Consumer Product Factory Audit Standard

NEMA is committed to electrical safety and the manufacture and installation of safe electrical products. However, NEMA opposes the product factory audit standard developed for the retail industry by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in conjunction with the British Retail Consortium (BRC), that threatens the existing third-party testing program upon which U.S. electrical manufacturers rely. Despite the best of intentions, NEMA remains convinced that the RILA program is misguided and will result in significantly higher costs and duplicative testing for electrical manufacturers, while failing to provide any measurable benefit in reducing product recalls or improving safety.

In August 2010, NEMA’s Board of Governors sent a letter to the heads of several of the nation’s largest retailers to stress the industry’s concerns about RILA’s initiative and to re-extend an offer to work with RILA to ensure reliable and safety electrical products.

NEMA also has expressed concerns about the RILA program to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Moore Tenenbaum and the other commissioners.


  • CPSC Implements the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008—In August 2008, Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA; Public Law 110-314) to strengthen the CPSC, impose stringent new standards for product safety, and bolster the CPSC’s enforcement tools. NEMA actively lobbied Congress on CPSC reform and helped shape some of the new law’s provisions. For more information on the CPSIA, please see the summary “CPSIA Overview – Handout” prepared by NEMA staff. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Owen in the NEMA Government Relations department.
  • CPSC Launches Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database: On March 11, 2011, the CPSC launched a publicly searchable database populated with reports of harm associated with consumer products and any recall information, if applicable. The database, accessible via http://saferproducts.gov, was mandated by Congress under Section 102 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA; Public Law 110-314).


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