• Press Release

September 12, 2023

ULSE Statement on CPSC Announcement on Compliance with Reese’s Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2023)  UL Standards & Engagement released the following statement after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published guidance to manufacturers of products containing coin or button cell batteries requiring them to comply with ULSE’s newly updated standard, UL4200A, from Vice President of Standards Development Dr. George Borlase:

“ULSE is committed to working toward a safer world and a critical part of that is developing and updating our safety standards, especially focused on the safety of our most vulnerable populations. We are pleased to see the news from CPSC adopting UL4200A as the required standard to meet Reese’s Law.

“We appreciate the urgent and dedicated efforts of Congress and CPSC, and I especially want to thank our technical committee members for driving updates to UL4200A. They should be justifiably proud of their part in preventing further injuries and deaths from swallowing coin or button cell batteries, accidents with terrible consequences that most commonly affect small children.”

The full text of UL 4200A can be viewed at no cost here.

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