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More than ever before, businesses face the challenge of keeping track of a constantly evolving regulatory landscape comprising a myriad of new legislation, rules, guidance documents, interpretations, enforcement actions, and other policy changes. At the same time, they must cope with the many active state and local governments and regulatory agencies who have entered the product safety area with new requirements.

The K&L Gates’ Consumer Product Safety practice offers comprehensive safety and regulatory counselling services for consumer product businesses around the world. We assist with the development of compliance systems and also with responding to regulatory crises.

Our clientele includes importers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and Australia. We also represent trade associations and assist their membership in dealing with the various regulatory authorities. We have experience with product safety reporting and recall requirements and coordination of worldwide safety efforts with the assistance of our international offices. In addition, we assist businesses in responding to and resolving government investigations and other crises.

Our Consumer Product Safety team is composed of seasoned and dedicated lawyers from multiple practice areas across the globe, including:

  • Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics;
  • Product Liability;
  • International Trade;
  • Public Policy and Law;
  • Toxic Tort; and
  • Intellectual Property practices.

Our Consumer Product Safety team collectively offer a complete and comprehensive analysis of issues clients may face when understanding and dealing with consumer product safety issues and potential product liability exposures, both on a local and international level.

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Assisting firms on child-resistant packaging issues under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, usually in concert with our FDA group.
Advising clients on civil and criminal penalty liability and assisting them in resolving such matters.
Commenting for clients in regulatory rulemaking proceedings.
Representing firms in Customs seizures and other proceedings related to imported products.
Defending firms in injunctions, seizures, and other court or administrative proceedings.
Assisting firms in developing and coordinating U.S. and/or international product recalls.
Advising and assisting firms in internal investigations of potential non-compliance or product or motor vehicle defects.
Interpreting the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act provisions governing lead, phthalates, testing and certification, and labeling, and assisting firms in structuring reasonable and economical compliance systems.
Preparing necessary reports and submissions to regulatory agencies including defect reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), TREAD Act reports to NHTSA, and comparable requirements of foreign governments.
Providing legislative assistance to clients interested in the correction of existing statutory schemes and the development of new laws.