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The proposed rulemaking (NPR) aims to amend the Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads (Standard), 16 CFR part 1632.

The Standard sets forth a test to determine the ignition resistance of a mattress or mattress pad when exposed to a lighted cigarette. It currently requires the use of Standard Reference Material cigarette SRM 1196 as an ignition source.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the former sole supplier of SRM 1196, has exhausted its supply of SRM 1196, and is unable to procure more of these cigarettes. NIST has replaced SRM 1196 with SRM 1196a. The draft NPR proposes to amend the Standard to replace SRM 1196 with SRM 1196a as the ignition source in the Standard.

Note: Oct. 30, 2020 — Published on the Federal Register for public consultation closing on Jan. 13, 2021.

Publication Date:
Sept. 30, 2020