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Friday, February 6, 2009

A victory against the CPSIA- for now.

Congratulations everyone who made a motion on the CPSIA legislation. The ruling has been stayed for a year (against handmade toys only,) which means there's still time to change minds. This doesn't change the fact that several well loved European toy manufacturers have pulled out of the American market, but in the very least, there's hope for the future.

From CraftStylish:

Last week brought some fantastic news for the handmade community, especially those who make and sell clothes, toys, and other products for children: certain sections of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which had been scheduled to become law in mid-February, were delayed until 2010. Instead of requiring any and every children's product, handmade or manufactured, to be tested for lead and other toxins, this section of the law was delayed—so costly and time-consuming testing that easily could have put both crafters and the stores that carry their work out of business, effective immediately, won't be required while the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reviews the law. However, the stay of enforcement "offers no relief from the new lead and phthalates limits themselves that will still take effect on that same date," giving the industry tougher standards to protect children from toxins.

Read an article here.

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