MYL Addresses New Standard Operating System Regulations

New Standard Regulations for Roman Shade Operating Systems are to be approved within the next few months and implemented by the end of 2023. MYL is being proactive to develop new Child Safe Operating Systems that meet the new regulations. More information to come as it is available.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined preliminarily that custom window coverings with accessible operating cords that are longer than 8 inches pose an unreasonable risk of strangulation to children 8 years old and younger. To address this risk of strangulation, the Commission proposes a rule under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to require that operating cords on custom window coverings meet the same requirements as operating cords on stock window coverings, as set forth in the applicable voluntary standard. Thus, the rule proposes that operating cords on custom window coverings must be cordless, inaccessible, or 8 inches or shorter in length in any use position. 

If finalized, operating cords on custom window coverings would require testing and certification to the rule under section 14 of the CPSA. Moreover, operating cords on custom window coverings that meet the definition of a “children's product” would require third-party testing by a CPSC-accredited third-party conformity assessment body. Accordingly, the rule also proposes to amend the Commission's regulation on requirements pertaining to third-party conformity assessment bodies to add “Safety Standard for Operating Cords on Custom Window Coverings” to the list of rules that require third-party testing.

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