Testing Deadline for VGB Compliance Extended

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Last week, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to approve to delay the effective date of CPSC's drain cover standard, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 from Nov. 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021. The six-month delay was requested by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance on March 24, 2020 to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted manufacturers and test labs.

"A six-month delay is reasonable and appropriated," says Steve Barnes, director of science and compliance for AquaStar Pool Products. "It allows everyone involved to make up for the lost time created by the coronavirus lockdowns."

The deadline affects drain cover manufacturers and registered design professionals (professional engineers and architects) who design, certify and supervise the installation of large, custom drain covers. It does not impact existing drain covers that were properly tested and certified to ANSI/APSP-16 2011 or its predecessor ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 2007.

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