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8/20/2018: Lifejacket approval harmonization

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a policy letter to harmonize personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs.

The public is encouraged to submit comments on the lifejacket approval harmonization policy letter entitled, ADOPTION OF ANSI/CAN/UL 12402-5 AND -9, and the deregulatory savings analysis entitled, “Approval for Personal Floatation Devices/Adoption of ANSI/CAN/UL 12402-5 and 9,” which are available in the docket.

The policy letter is also available on the Office of Design and Engineering Standards website, listed as CG-ENG Policy 02-18. All submissions will be considered and final actions may be adjusted based on public comments. When submitting comments, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of the document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation.

Submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2018-0565 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments must be submitted on or before October 16, 2018.

For more information view the Federal Register Notice, or contact Ms. Jacqueline Yurkovich with the Coast Guard’s Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division at 202-372-1389 or Jacqueline.M.Yurkovich@uscg.mil.

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