[BILLING CODE 6750-01]
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
GUIDES FOR THE DECORATIVE WALL PANELING INDUSTRY
AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (Commission) is requesting public comments on its Guides for the Decorative Wall Paneling Industry (Decorative Wall Paneling Guides or the Guides). The Commission is also requesting comments about the overall costs and benefits of its Guides and their overall economic impact, as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
DATES: Written comments will be accepted until [Insert date 60 days after date of publication in Federal Register].
ADDRESS: Mailed comments should be directed to: Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, Room H-159, Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. Mailed comments about the Guides for the Decorative Wall Paneling Industry should be identified as CFR Part 243 -- Comment. E-mail comments will be accepted at [email@example.com]. Those who comment by e-mail should give a mailing address to which an acknowledgment can be sent.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Nickerson, Investigator, Federal Trade Commission, Denver Regional Office, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 1523, Denver, CO 80294, telephone number (303) 844-3584, E-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org].
I. DECORATIVE WALL PANELING GUIDES
The Commission promulgated the Guides for the Decorative Wall Paneling Industry on December 15, 1971, 36 FR 23796 (1971), under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. 45.(1) The Guides became effective on December 15, 1972.
These Guides, like the other industry guides issued by the Commission, are administrative interpretations of laws administered by the Commission for the guidance of the public in conducting its affairs in conformity with legal requirements. 16 CFR 1.5. Conduct inconsistent with the Guides may result in corrective action by the Commission under applicable statutory provisions.
The Decorative Wall Paneling Guides provide guidance to manufacturers, retail distributors, and other suppliers (sellers) of decorative wall panels in labeling, advertising, and promoting their products in a manner consistent with Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Guides are designed to protect purchasers from being misled by the appearance of a product, or by deceptive descriptions, depictions, designations, or representations in advertisements, labels, or other promotional materials.
The Guides provide examples of non-deceptive references and representations with respect to the construction, composition, or appearance of industry products. The Guides also point out that sellers bear the affirmative responsibility of providing detailed disclosures regarding the composition of the products being offered.
II. REGULATORY REVIEW PROGRAM
The Commission has determined, as part of its oversight responsibilities, to review rules and guides periodically. These reviews seek information about the costs and benefits of the Commissions rules and guides and their regulatory and economic impact. The information obtained assists the Commission in identifying rules and guides that warrant modification or rescission. The Commission solicits comments on, among other things, the economic impact of and the continuing need for the Guides; possible conflict between the Guides and state, local, or other federal laws; and the effect on the Guide of any technological, economic, or other industry changes.
III. REQUEST FOR COMMENT
The Commission solicits written public comments on the following questions:
List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 243: Advertising, Forests and forest products, Labeling, Trade practices, Wall paneling industry.
Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41-58.
By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark
(1) Section 5 of the FTC Act declares unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices to be unlawful.