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CPSC RIN: 3041-AB35 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture 

The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to prescribe flammability standards for upholstered furniture under the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) to address the risk of fire associated with cigarette and small open-flame ignitions of upholstered furniture. The Commission's proposed rule would require that upholstered furniture have cigarette-resistant fabrics or cigarette and open flame-resistant barriers. The proposed rule would not require flame-resistant chemicals in fabrics or fillings. Since the Commission published the NPRM, Congress signed into law, "COVID -19 Regulatory Relief and Work From Home Safety Act,” Pub. L. 116-260 (COVID-19 Act).  Section 2101 of the COVID-19 Act mandates that, 180 days after the date of enactment of the COVID-19 Act, the standard for upholstered furniture set forth by the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation of the Department of Consumer Affairs of the State of California in Technical Bulletin 117-2013, entitled "Requirements, Test Procedure and Apparatus for Testing the Smolder Resistance of Materials Used in Upholstered Furniture,” originally published June 2013, "shall be considered to be a flammability standard promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under section 4 of the Flammable Fabrics Act (15 U.S.C. 1193).” In light of the enactment of the COVID-19 Act, in FY 2021, staff intends to submit a briefing package to the Commission that recommends that the NPRM be withdrawn.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 1634   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1193    5 U.S.C. 801   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/15/1994  59 FR 30735   
Commission Hearing May 5 & 6, 1998 on Possible Toxicity of Flame-Retardant Chemicals  03/17/1998  63 FR 13017   
Meeting Notice  03/20/2002  67 FR 12916   
Notice of Public Meeting  08/27/2003  68 FR 51564   
Public Meeting  09/24/2003 
ANPRM  10/23/2003  68 FR 60629   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/22/2003    
Staff Held Public Meeting  10/28/2004    
Staff Held Public Meeting  05/18/2005    
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission  01/31/2006    
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission   11/03/2006    
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission  12/28/2006    
Staff Sent Options Package to Commission  12/22/2007    
Commission Decision to Direct Staff to Prepare Draft NPRM  12/27/2007 
Staff Sent Draft NPRM to Commission  01/22/2008    
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM  02/01/2008    
NPRM  03/04/2008  73 FR 11702   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/19/2008    
Staff Published NIST Report on Standard Test Cigarettes  05/19/2009    
Staff Publishes NIST Report on Standard Research Foam  09/14/2012 
Notice of April 25 Public Meeting and Request for Comments  03/20/2013  78 FR 17140   
Staff Holds Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Technology Meeting  04/25/2013 
Comment Period End  07/01/2013 
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission on California's TB 117-2013  09/08/2016 
Staff Sends Options Package to the Commission  09/25/2019 
Commission Decision  10/04/2019 
Staff Submits Final Rule Briefing Package Withdrawing the NPRM  09/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Andrew Lock
Project Manager, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2099