On November 1, 2018, the USA Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) implemented an Interim Enforcement Policy allowing reduced testing for mattress pads which are subject to 16 CFR 1632 – Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads due to a shortage of standard reference material (SRM) cigarettes.
The CPSC has recently learned that the inventory of SRM 1196 cigarettes, which is specified by the Standard as the ignition source for flammability testing of mattresses and mattress pads, is critically low, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) does not have a source to produce new SRM 1196 cigarettes and is looking for a new producer.
As a result of the shortage of SRM cigarettes, the new interim enforcement policy for mattress pads will allow mattress pad manufacturers o reduce testing from six mattress pad surfaces to two mattress pad surfaces for each new prototype that is tested to the Standard. A prototype will be accepted if the char lengths of the 18 individual cigarettes are not more than 2 inches in any direction from the nearest point of the cigarette on two mattress pad surfaces. The mattress pads must be tested to the bare surface unopened packages of SRM cigarettes for each series of tests. Relaxing this requirement will allow partial packs of SRM cigarettes to be used when conducting the tests.
The new interim enforcement policy for mattress pads became effective on November 1, 2018, and will remain effective until further notice.