The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is delaying a change in consumer regulations on Certificates of Compliance - and will instead reopen the comment period.

The CPSC also said it would conduct a public workshop with stakeholders on 16 CFR 1110: Certificates of Compliance, known as the 1110 Rule.

The announcement has been welcomed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which voiced serious concerns in July last year about the proposed new rule in its current form.

“Tuesday’s vote by the Commission to delay final rulemaking on the 1110 rule is welcome news for the apparel and footwear industry,” said AAFA executive vice president Steve Lamar.

“AAFA believes there are many opportunities for stakeholder involvement between the Commission and the larger business community.

“The CPSC staff proposal to conduct a public workshop in response to stakeholder concerns regarding the proposed rule is a step in the right direction.”

And he added: “We applaud the Consumer Product Safety Commission for recognising that industry is committed to consumer product safety and working as partners with the CPSC on furtherance of shared goals of risk reduction and hazard avoidance.”