Monday, February 02, 2009

Product Safety Commision Postpones "Lead Law" for One Year

This just in from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.
Click above link for full story.

So it looks like all those calls from publishers, hand made toy makers, libraries, and knitters have encouraged the CPSC to take another look at the impact of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Hopefully Legislators will rewrite the law so that children are truly protected at the manufacturing level (where the problems really are), there by not driving craft fairs out of business.

Thank you to Scott Flora at SPAN for the update. Again, this is why I encourage everyone going into publishing to join the Small Publishers Association of North America.

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