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As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the agency is announcing a modified 10-year regulatory review schedule. 

To ensure that its rules and industry guides stay relevant and are not overly burdensome, the Commission reviews them on a 10-year schedule.  The review schedule is published each year, with adjustments in response to public input, changes in the marketplace, and resource demands.  For 2013, the Commission intends to begin reviews of, and solicit comments on, the following rules:

  • Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 CFR Part 310;
  • Regulations under Section 4 of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, 16 CFR Part 500;
  • Exemptions from Requirements and Prohibitions under Part 500, 16 CFR Part 501;
  • Regulations under Section 5(c) of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, 16 CFR Part 502; and
  • Statements of General Policy or Interpretation [under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act], 16 CFR Part 503.

The Commission is currently reviewing 22 of the 65 rules and guides within its jurisdiction.  The agency is postponing review of the Preservation of Consumers’ Claims and Defenses [Holder in Due Course Rule], 16 CFR Part 433, previously scheduled for 2013, until 2014.

The Commission vote to publish the proposed Federal Register notice regarding its regulatory review program was 4-0.

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