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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC62 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
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 (PFDs) 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.  These proposed changes are expected to promote economic relief. The proposed rule is expected to promote economic relief by reducing the regulatory burden on PFD manufacturers by harmonizing our PFD approval standards with Canada, requiring less frequent inspections of manufacturing facilities, providing lower cost PFD user manuals, and by creating a new market in PFDs with a lower buoyancy rating.  

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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  07/00/2022 
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
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG-4), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1389