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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC62 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Lifejacket Approval Harmonization 

The Coast Guard proposes to amend the lifejacket approval requirements and follow-up program requirements by incorporating 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 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.  The proposed rule is expected to provide a cost savings 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 potentially creating a new market in PFDs with a lower buoyancy rating.  This rule is consistent with Executive Order 14058, which directs agencies to take actions that improve service delivery and customer experience by decreasing administrative burdens, enhancing transparency, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
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  01/00/2023 
Additional Information: Docket number USCG-2022-0120
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
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:
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