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Business News : CPSC grants one year stay on testing for some products...
Posted by Ralyn on 2009/2/3 15:50:00 (2528 reads)

CPSC grants one year stay on testing

Stay in effect until Feb. '10 on most, but not all products

-- Kids Today, 2/2/2009 7:19:00 AM

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.

The stay does not apply to:

Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

1. The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008.
2.. The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009.
3. The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009.
4. The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.
5. Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and
Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

Read full article here:
http://www.kidstodayonline.com/article/CA6633911.html

For the Actual Updates please refer to CPCS web site:

The following new entries have been posted to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's web page on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 located at http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html in What's New:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html)

Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements - Draft Federal Register Notice, January 30, 2009 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/stayenforce.pdf)

Public Comments on Civil Penalty Criteria - Section 217(b)(2) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, January 22, 2009 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/civilpenalty.pdf)

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Business News : CPSIA Law Update - Small Steps at improvement
Posted by Ralyn on 2009/1/9 1:30:00 (2525 reads)

We have made some small steps in getting Congress to make some minor ammendments - so please keep contacting them!

I do have some good news for those of you that want to have a garage sale. Our efforts have gotten them to make an exemption for "used" children's products, as long as the items are not recall items.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

For Crafters - we're still struggling, but there were a few exceptions made for a handful of natural products used, so we are making progress. But baby booties will still be illegal unless they are made with all natural undyed yarn:

  • Precious Gem stones - diamonds, saphires, rubies, emeralds

  • Certain semi-precious gemstones

  • Natural or cultured pearls

  • Wood

  • Natural Fibers including cotton, silk, wool, hemp, flax, linen

  • Other natural materials including coral, amber, feathers, fur, & untreated leather

  • Certain metal alloys: surgical steal

  • Precious metals: gold (at least 10K), sterling silver (at least 925/1000), platinum, paladium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, ruthenium

  • The above precious metals does not, however, extend to non-steel or non-precious metals such as solder or base metals in electroplate, clad, or clad or fill applications (so still worthless in my opinion).

    Lead Testing Ammendment

    Keep contacting our Congressment & the CPSC - it is helping!

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    Business News : Handmade Toys Illegal?
    Posted by Ralyn on 2009/1/8 15:00:00 (2536 reads)

    The new children's product lead-testing requirements of HR4040, The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ( CPSIA ) ( Public Law 110-314 , will leave many individual artists and crafters unable to comply, thereby decimating the American hand-made marketplace for yet another product category: HAND-MADE TOYS And since children's toys are one of the few things you can make without lasers, furnaces, production robots, chip foundries, etc. this lost product category will leave many older craftsmen without hope.

    While no one can deny the need for safe toys, a protective measure can certainly be taken too far. Most crafters are able to prove the certification of each of their raw supplies or could certainly start doing so. The problem arises when even though all their components are known to be TESTED to be certified safe, the end product also must be TESTED and certified at enormous cost for the crafter. Our average GROSS sales for a professional weekend crafter is only $26,000 per year. If they must pay around $500-$5,000 each year for each of say 5 different toys, it becomes obvious that NO crafter but the most production-line and mass-scale-automated-production ones will be able to compete. This means all the slave labor in China factories are safe in job security, but our to-the-bone slaving parent's self made jobs are done for.

    Make no mistake, as the act stands all toys and products for children must be certified. No distinction is made for handmade wooden trucks, cloth dolls, pvc pipe marshmallow guns, wood puzzles , step up stools , burp rags , ribbon ponytails , barrettes , doll clothes , shopping cart covers , baby slings , mop dolls etc. etc. HR 4040 also does not allow for certification of 100% of the used components in hand-made items to automatically validate undeniably safe hand-made products as compliant.

    More globally, this law will affect more than just toys. As it is currently written it encompasses jewelry, clothing, room decor, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, EDUCATIONAL AIDS, art work, ART SUPPLIES, pillows, linens, furniture, so on & etc. if it is made for or looks like it's for someone 12 & under to use it will be subject to the certified testing. Even HAND-ME-DOWNS & vintage items as resales or trades, think flea market, swap meets, yard/garage sales, eBay & Craigslist, will be subject to the testing. There was even an article in the LA Times on Jan 2 indicating that thrift stores would be junked: "They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

    Crafters are asking for a distinction to be made for US hand-made toys such that crafters and artists can verify compliance of their final product via documentation of all raw supplies having been tested and certified as toxic free.

    This law must be revised to specifically address and allow for the legal hand-made production of one-of-a-kind toys and other children's products without expensive testing where it is unwarranted.

    The long and short of the matter at hand is that Mattel and other LARGER toy manufactures outsourced to China and DANGEROUS garbage came back. NOW, the small US toy makers must submit to laws that no mom-and-pop shop should ever be expected to nor will ever be able to. RATHER than reducing outsourcing, which will always endanger us with inferior and toxic products, our 'leaders' have signed into law legislation that only outlaws 2 hazardous substances and legislates unnecessary labeling and documentation on costly testing for these 2 substances while ignoring thousands of other dangerous chemical compounds and entirely ignoring other aspects of child-toy safety.

    The VERY businesses that produced toys with toxic compounds, like Mattel, will be able to do costly tests (for probably only the 2 legislated dangerous compounds, while they cut costs in other areas with new hazards) on their limited product lines to certify them for sale and consumption, while small-scale production hand-made US crafters who have not been cited with adding toxic compounds to toys will go out of business. Get it? The ones responsible for proven negligently dangerous, foreign manufactured toys will stay in business. US makers of SAFE hand-made, NATURAL toys will PERISH. - FOREVER - !

    The CPSIA was supported by major toy manufactures and major outlet stores and their associations. It is no wonder, as they stand to benefit in every way. Yet another micro-industry will be beyond the means of every-day people when it becomes a felony to do something as simple sell a wooden toy you hand-made from wood grown on your own property.

    Please contact me if I can help you!

    Louis Marquette
    CraftLister.com

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