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Stay Granted for Custom Window Covering Regulation

Jan. 16 2023

On January 10, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a motion to stay the newly passed regulation under 16 CFR 1260 for custom window covering.  This regulation is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) rule entitled “Safety Standard for Operating Cords on Custom Window Coverings.”  This regulation created significant new requirements for operating systems on custom fabricated window coverings, and was set to take effect on May 30, 2023. 

Back in November, the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association (WCMA) filed a lawsuit challenging this new regulation and asked for a stay of enforcement.  

Because of this judgement, the CPSC’s rule under 16 CFR 1260 will not take effect while the case is pending in the D.C. Circuit Court.   

When this regulation was originally passed, there was also a second regulation under 16 CFR 1120 that became law.  This regulation under 16 CFR 1120 makes compliance with some of the existing ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 standard requirements a mandatory expectation for both stock and custom window coverings.  This regulation went into effect on December 28, 2022, and there are no change at this time to this regulation.  

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