Reg Watch

Public comment periods are closing soon for the following proposed rules:

 • The Food and Drug Administration presented a proposed rule that would “limit the maximum labeled [Sun Protection Factor] value for over-the-counter … sunscreen drug products to ‘50+.’ ” The administration indicated the change was necessary since recent data does not “indicate that there is additional clinical benefit above SPF 50.” The rule is open for comments until Sept. 15.

• The Transportation Department’s Office of the Secretary has created a proposal intended to make large airline carriers’ baggage and other fees more transparent to customers and analysts. The proposed rule also aims to gather separate data regarding “mishandled wheelchairs and scooters used by passengers with disabilities.” Comments will be accepted through Sept. 13.

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• The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule that would set June 30, 2013, as the date of widespread use of onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) to “control motor vehicle fuel emissions through the motor vehicle fleet.” The rule would give specific states that meet new criteria Stage II waivers, lifting certain gas stations’ vapor recovery responsibilities and saving those stations up to $3,000 per year. These ORVR stipulations that would amend the Clean Air Act are open for comment through Sept. 13.

• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a proposed rule that would require physicians “to document the existence of a face-to-face encounter (including through the use of telehealth) with the Medicaid eligible individual within reasonable timeframes.” The rule would also explain certain home health services-related definitions and specify that “states may not limit home health services to services delivered in the home, or to services furnished to individuals who are homebound.” The proposal is open for comment through Sept. 12.

• The Housing and Urban Development Department proposed a rule that would require appraisers to be certified instead of licensed to be included on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Appraiser Roster. States require higher education and experience standards for certified appraisers. The proposed rule, which would implement regulations included in the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act, is open for comment through Sept. 12. 

• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a rule intended to add blue and green color boundaries for “lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment” in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These color stipulations were previously included in the standards, but were lost during the 2007 reorganization of the regulation. Since the administration had no intention of changing the meaning, it is seeking comments through Sept. 12 to return the significance to what it was prior to the 2007 changes.