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CPSC Industry Training

September 11-13, 2017

Laboratory Testing of Children’s Products
September 11, 2017, Guangzhou, China, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Forum and Training for laboratories and prospective participants, in the CPSC’s Third Party Testing Program. The Staff will conduct a testing industry forum and training day on conformity assessment of children’s products. The even is open to those in the CPSC’s Third Party Testing Program and those interested in applying for the program. The interactive format will allow for feedback form the testing industry based on experience with conformity assessment to CPSC requirements and they will take specific questions from those in attendance. Staff will provide training on critical areas of testing and cover cover accreditation issues that are of special concern to the CPSC.

Design for Safety: Preventing Mechanical Hazards for Designers and Manufacturers
September 12, 2017 – Guangzhou, China, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
CPSC staff, in cooperation with the European Commission, will conduct a training seminar on designing consumer products to prevent mechanical hazards. The target audience includes designers, manufacturers, and testing professionals who deal with consumer products. Government and industry experts will discuss common mistakes and identify areas for more careful consideration.

U.S. Mattress and Furniture Safety Requirements – Training for Designers and Manufacturers
September 13, 2017 – Shanghai, China
CPSC staff will train on mattress and furniture safety requirements at the China International Furniture Fair at the National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China. Content will focus on designing, testing and manufacturing mattresses and furniture that meet regulations for fire and chemical safety, as well as children’s furniture products.

More information about how to register, times, and locations will be announced soon. Contact the CPSC for more information.

IABFLO Conference 2016, Re-cap

This year’s IABFLO conference, held at the Wyndham Philadelphia in historic downtown from April 19-22, was a great success. A shout out to President Michelle Jack of Utah, Richard Selegue of Ohio, and Kay Harris of North Carolina for all their hard work in organizing this conference.

We were happy to see that Pennsylvania has rejoined IABFLO and that the City of Detroit sent their bedding program administrator, Lisa Clark Jones.

This year Ikea was kind enough to give us a tour of their DC unit in New Jersey; an impressive example of warehouse management and technology on a massive scale.
This was followed by a fabulous industry dinner, courtesy of DuPont and Print Craft at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant and was greatly appreciated by all.

We spoke with a number of conference attendees, including Speakers Kathy Manderino, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Joe Mohorivic of ISPA, Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia of Intertek, Dr Heather Stapleton of Duke University, Joanne Mattiace of the Law Offices of Joanne Mattiace, Wilf Lieber of IDFL, Ryan Trainer of ISPA and Christina Slaybaugh of Pennsylvania. Copies of their presentations will soon be available on the IABFLO website for members.

During the round-table we heard from some State Regulators of upcoming changes. These included the following:

California: expect to see the license fees go up, possibly as soon as October of this year. The proposed fees will be as follows:

Bureau’s current and proposed fee for each license type.

Section 1107(a) Subsections and License Type   Current Fee   Proposed Fee
Importer’s License$650$750
Furniture and Bedding Manufacturer’s License$650$750
Wholesale Furniture and Bedding Dealer’s License$540$625
Supply Dealer’s License$540$625
Custom Upholsterer’s License$360$420
Sanitizer’s License$360$420
Retail Furniture Dealer’s License$120$140
Retail Bedding Dealer’s License$120$140
Retail Furniture and Bedding Dealer’s License$240$280


Additionally in 2017 they will develop a rule making packet to update the law label and the terminology in their classification of filling materials. Prior to the formal rule making proceeding, California officials have indicated a willingness to receive and consider written comments regarding possible future action.

If you wish to receive updates on this matter and other Bureau activities please subscribe to their LISTSERV.

Lastly California mentioned that now that TB117-113 SB1019 has been instituted for a period of time you can expect to see more inspections looking specifically for compliance with this flammability regulation.

Connecticut: is now inspecting secondhand dealers and they are starting to issue major financial fines against dealers for not sanitizing properly. They also warned that if these corrections are not addressed then the company who does not comply stands to lose their Secondhand Dealers License and will be unable to operate their store without one.

Detroit MI: The bedding program coordinator, Lisa Clark Jones joined IABFLO this year. Detroit is planning on ramping up their program so you can expect to see change including more enforcement in the year to come.

North Carolina: Kay Harris spoke about the licensing backlog, dealing with employee absence, and how they have been working on getting these licenses out.

Ohio: Richard Selegue and Derrick Hubner informed us that Ohio has bought new pieces of equipment, including a new Thermo Scientific Nicolet FT-IR and also a new compound microscope. This will be a significant assistance in being more efficient and hopefully move samples through more effectively.

Pennsylvania. Spoke of how AP has rejoined IABFLO and how they will review their regulation in the coming months in terms of requirements for variances.

Utah: UT State legislature has approved a Sterilization Permit requirement for clothing and bedding. Currently this is in the documentation process for rules/guidelines and may be effective in 2017.

 The 2017 IABFLO conference is scheduled in Newport, Rhode Island from April 26-27.


IABFLO Conference to be held in PA 4/27-4/28/2016

79th National IABFLO Conference, 2015

We just got back from the 79th National IABFLO conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Highlights included a tour of the ISOForensics Inc. Lab, lunch at the Red Butte Gardens, a tour of the IDFL lab, dinner sponsored by DuPont/Printcraft in the amazing Joseph Smith Memorial Building, State Reports Round Table, new initiatives and program changes, Speaker Jeffery Jewett, from Spring Back Utah, Speaker Gordon Jones from Geo-Tech Polymers, Speaker Tina Blazer TUV, CPSIA Compliance, Host Michelle Jack, and our very own President, Maggie Terry.  To view Maggie’s presentation, please visit our YouTube video.  The 80th National IABFLO Conference will be held in Pennsylvania April 27th and April 28th, 2016. You won’t want to miss it. Please stay tuned for more information as it gets closer to the conference dates.

ISPA Industry Conference 3/4-3/5

ISPA Industry Conference The ISPA Industry Conference is being held at the Vinoy® Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL this year and registration is now open. Featuring a Centennial Program and Gala dinner, and key note speakers Rich Karigaard, publisher of Forbes, and Jon Spence, author, business strategist, and consultant. Visit the for more information.