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CPSC Invites Applications For Membership On Advisory Committees

Release Date: March 18, 1975

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission invites interested individuals representing government, industry and consumer organizations to apply for membership on the Commission's advisory committees.

The Commission anticipates filling ten positions on the Product Safety Advisory Council, five vacancies on the Technical Advisory Committee on Poison Prevention Packaging and fifteen openings on the National Advisory Committee for the Flammable Fabrics Act in June 1975.

To solicit the greatest number of viewpoints, the Commission decided not to appoint members already serving on the advisory panels to consecutive terms.

The Product Safety Advisory Council assists the Commission by providing advice on major policy decisions, offers possible approaches to particular issues and may propose safety rules for the Commission's consideration.

The Council is comprised of 15 members: five from government, Federal, state, or local; five from consumer product industries and five from consumer organizations, community groups and recognized consumer leaders.

Ten vacancies are expected to be filled on the Product Safety Advisory Council; three (3) within the industry category, four (4) within the government category and three (3) within the consumer category.

The Technical Advisory Committee on Poison Prevention Packaging provides CPSC with advice and recommendations on the administration of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Under that Act, packaging standards are established to protect children from accidental ingestions of toxic household substances.

The Technical Advisory Committee is composed of 18 members; one from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, one from the Department of Commerce and the remaining 16 equally divided between industry and consumer representatives.

Scientists and licensed medical practitioners may serve in either the industry or consumer category depending on employment affiliation.

CPSC anticipates a total of five vacancies on the Technical Advisory Committee: four (4) within the consumer category and one (1) representing manufacturers of packages and closures of household substances.

The National Advisory Committee for the Flammable Fabrics Act gives the Commission advice, opinions and recommendations on flammability standards and regulations. This Committee is composed of 20 members; ten from consumer organizations and ten from industry.

CPSC expects to fill 15 vacancies on the National Advisory Committee; ten (10) within industry and five (5) within the consumer category.

Applications must be submitted to the Committee Management Office within the Commission's Office of the Secretary by April 18, 1975, to receive consideration.

The format for applications may be found in the Federal Register notice of February 14, 1975, or interested persons may contact the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.

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