While it is important to ensure that regulations developed in the past are still achieving their purposes, the CPSC must maintain a primary focus on its safety objectives. Examining safety rules should not lead to weakening or eliminating those rules unless they are determined, through a transparent process, to no longer serve a beneficial function; in fact, if a rule is inadequate to protect public health and safety, the CPSC should use the review process to strengthen it. When undertaking activities under its Retrospective Review Plan—which should govern all rule review activities—the CPSC must not compromise the protective purposes for which a rule was initially developed, nor divert resources that are necessary for core safety work.

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