The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death resulting from the use of consumer products. To this end, the agency works to:
- Identify and assess potential hazards in consumer products.
- Develop and strengthen voluntary standards and mandatory regulations to ensure consumer product safety.
- Survey imported consumer goods for adherence to CPSC regulations.
- Ensure compliance and enforcement of CPSC regulations.
- Reach out to make the public aware of potentially dangerous products.
- Coordinate between government agencies.
- Cooperate with foreign governments to ensure products meet safety standards.
This budget request asks for $127 million to fund the CPSC for FY2020.This is the same amount that the agency is currently funded at for FY2019.The CPSC proposes to focus on its 4 strategic goals: cultivating an effective consumer product safety workforce ($6.2million), preventing hazardous products from reaching consumers ($74.5 million), responding to hazardous consumer products ($38.1 million), and communicating consumer product safety information ($8.2 million).
The agency has particularly identified addressing risks associated with nanotechnology as part of its strategic plan. As many of these products are still new, this falls under the preventing hazards strategic goal. This includes collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (SciPol brief available) to improve identification and assessment of nanoscale hazards in consumer products.