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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC62 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: ●Lifejacket Approval Harmonization 

The Coast Guard proposes to amend the lifejacket approval requirements and follow-up program requirements by incorporating three new bi-national standards. At the same time, the Coast Guard proposes to amend lifejacket and personal flotation devices (PFD) carriage requirements to allow for the use of equipment approved to the new standards, and to remove obsolete equipment approval requirements. The new standards are state-of-the-art and are intended to replace the legacy standards. The proposed amendments will streamline the process for approval of PFDs and allow manufacturers the opportunity to produce more innovative equipment that meets the approval requirements of both Canada and the United States, while reducing the burden for manufacturers in both the approval process and follow-up program.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 160   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 3306(a)    46 U.S.C. 3306(b)    46 U.S.C. 4102(a)    46 U.S.C. 4102(b)    46 U.S.C. 4302(a)    46 U.S.C. 4502(a)    46 U.S.C. 4502(c)(2)(B)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2020 
Additional Information: Docket number USCG-2019-0954
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Jacqueline M. Yurkovich
Project Manager (CG-ENG-4)
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1389