An independent federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency of the United States government created in 1972 through the Consumer Product Safety Act to protect "against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products." The CPSC is an independent agency that does not report to nor is part of any other department or agency in the federal government. The CPSC is generally headed by three commissioners nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for staggered seven year terms. The commissioners set policy for the CPSC. Although the CPSC usually has three commissioners, it currently has five. The CPSC is located in Bethesda, Maryland.