Consumer Product Safety Commission requests comments on iron shipping compliance requirements

10/24/2008

SILVER SPRING, Md The American Herbal Products Association on Thursday noted that certain dietary supplements containing iron may fall under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, passed in January, which requires that products subject to a consumer product safety rule (like those containing iron) include a Certificate of Compliance when shipped in commerce on and after Nov.12.

For dietary supplement manufacturers, products subject to a consumer product safety rule are those that contain over 250 mg of elemental iron and are required to be in childproof closures by regulations promulgated under the “Poison Prevention Packaging Act,” a statute administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, AHPA noted.

CPSC has issued a “Request for Comments and Information,” seeking, in particular, comments on the use of electronic certificates to facilitate the “accompanying” and “furnishing” requirements as well as comments on the issue of multiple certifications for the same product, AHPA reported. “The American Herbal Products Association is reviewing CPSC’s request for comments to determine what comments if any to submit,” stated AHPA president Michael McGuffin. “The association is committed to keeping members abreast of any developments and will provide guidance as needed.”

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