Webinar | To Burn or Not to Burn: New Federal Flammability Law for Upholstered Furniture and What it Means for Your Company

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40 years in the making, with the federal government first beginning work on this project in 1968, the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) will finally go into effect June 25, 2021.

Signed into law in December 2020, this law, sometimes known as the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA), nationalizes the 2013 version of California’s Technical Bulletin 117. Join IFAI and product safety attorney and former CPSC official Neal Cohen who will explain the federal requirements of the new law, its origins, and – importantly – best practices and what to expect from CPSC and in the marketplace.

Speaker: Neal Cohen, Product Safety Attorney and Consultant

Neal Cohen, an experienced and well-respected product safety attorney and consultant, advises consumer product manufacturers, brands, importers, and retailers around the globe in bringing new, innovative consumer products to market. A former attorney and senior official at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Neal provides strategic insight, counsel and guidance to his clients whose brands may be at risk when managing sensitive, high-stakes investigations and recalls.

While at CPSC, Neal eventually led the CPSC’s largest investigation in its history, ultimately testifying on behalf of the CPSC before a U.S. Senate Committee overseeing the investigation. Neal also served as the senior legal advisor in CPSC’s Office of Compliance.

Appointed to be the CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman, Neal is the lead author and designer of CPSC’s Regulatory Robot. The innovative Robot, which catalogs and guides businesses through every regulation that the CPSC enforces, is recognized as one of Neal’s key accomplishments and has served to assist thousands of businesses worldwide.

A recipient of the CPSC’s prestigious Chairman’s Award, Neal is also widely known for his public speaking and leadership as a member of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). A native of South Florida, Neal earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Swarthmore College and obtained his law degree from the Emory University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in New York and resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife and three children. Neal tweets product safety related news and insights @NealCohenLaw on Twitter and on www.NealCohenLaw.com.

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May 11, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

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