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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD30 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Petition Requesting a Ban or Standard on Adult Portable Bed Rails 

The Commission received two requests, one from consumer advocate Gloria Black, the Consumer Federation of America, and 60 other organizations, and the second from Public Citizen, asking that the Commission initiate proceedings under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to determine whether adult portable bed rails pose an unreasonable risk of injury and initiate related rulemaking under section 9 of the CPSA. The Commission is considering them as a single petition. After reviewing a briefing package from staff in 2014, the Commission voted to defer the petition. The Commission subsequently directed staff to assess the progress of the voluntary standard development and to make a recommendation on whether the Commission should grant the petition and initiate rulemaking. The new voluntary standard was published in August 2017. Staff evaluated the new voluntary standard and performed product testing to assess conformance, and provided the Commission with a briefing package in July 2020, with the recommendation to continue deferring the petition. On March 9, 2022, staff submitted to the Commission a briefing package, supplementing the 2020 briefing package, and recommending that the Commission grant the petition. On March 15, 2022, the Commission voted to grant the petition and directed staff to draft a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to adopt a safety standard under CPSA section 9. On September 21, 2022, staff submitted an NPRM briefing package to the Commission. The Commission published the proposed rule on November 9, 2022. The public comment period ended on January 9, 2023. Staff plans to send a final rule briefing package to the Commission in FY 2023.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e)    15 U.S.C. 2056    15 U.S.C. 2058   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Petition Docketed  05/15/2013 
Notice for Comment Published in Federal Register  06/04/2013  78 FR 33393   
Comment Period End  08/05/2013 
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission  04/23/2014 
Commission Voted to Defer the Petition  05/01/2014 
Staff Provided Commission a 6-Month Update on the Voluntary Standards Process  11/04/2014 
Staff Provided Commission a 12-Month Update on Voluntary Standards  04/22/2015 
Staff Provided Commission a 9-Month Update on Voluntary Standards Process  02/03/2016 
Staff Provided Commission Update on Voluntary Standards Process  09/27/2016 
Staff Provided Commission Update on Voluntary Standards Process  09/27/2017 
Staff Sends Status Briefing Package to Commission  07/15/2020 
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission  03/09/2022 
Commission Decision on Petition  03/15/2022 
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  09/21/2022 
Commission Decision  10/13/2022 
NPRM publishes   11/09/2022  87 FR 67586   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/09/2023 
Staff sends Final Rule briefing package to Commission  09/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Vineed Dayal
Project Manager, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
5 Research Place, National Product Testing and Evaluation Center,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2292