United States Code

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§ 1472.
Special packaging standards
The Commission,1
 Comma retained in amendment by Pub. L. 97–414.
may establish in accordance with the provisions of this Act, by regulation, standards for the special packaging of any household substance if it finds that—
the degree or nature of the hazard to children in the availability of such substance, by reason of its packaging, is such that special packaging is required to protect children from serious personal injury or serious illness resulting from handling, using, or ingesting such substance; and
the special packaging to be required by such standard is technically feasible, practicable, and appropriate for such substance.
In establishing a standard under this section, the Commission shall consider—
the reasonableness of such standard;
the manufacturing practices of industries affected by this Act; and
the nature and use of the household substance.
Publication of findings, reasons, and citation of statutory authorizations

In carrying out this Act, the Commission shall publish its findings, its reasons therefor, and citation of the sections of statutes which authorize its action.


Nothing in this Act shall authorize the Commission to prescribe specific packaging designs, product content, package quantity, or, with the exception of authority granted in section 1473(a)(2) of this title, labeling. In this case of a household substance for which special packaging is required pursuant to a regulation under this section, the Commission may in such regulation prohibit the packaging of such substance in packages which it determines are unnecessarily attractive to children.

Cost-benefit analysis not required

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in establishing a standard under this section, to prepare a comparison of the costs that would be incurred in complying with such standard with the benefits of such standard.

(Pub. L. 91–601, § 3, Dec. 30, 1970, 84 Stat. 1670; Pub. L. 92–573, § 30(a), Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1231; Pub. L. 97–414, § 9(k), Jan. 4, 1983, 96 Stat. 2065; Pub. L. 110–314, title II, § 233, Aug. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 3073.)
cite as: 15 USC 1472