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« on: December 13, 2008 03:29:08 PM »

I don't know if you good people in the USA are aware of this, and I apologise in advance if its old news to you! I've just seen this on another forum and thought of you all here. If it's been done before, then mods please feel free to delete this post- I'm normally hanging around the ATC boards Smiley

This is copied and pasted from the Handmade Toy Alliance website:

The issue:
In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick.  Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008.  Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.

For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.

    * A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
    * A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
    * A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
    * And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.

Their website : http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/Home

It will affect everyone from the 10th February next year- anyone who makes toys to sell that might be bought in the US even!

They have an online petition here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys/

Please take the time to read and sign and pass on the message if you are able!


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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008 11:48:09 AM »

A friend of mine just told me about this today. I didn't see anything on etsy, so I thought I'd check here, too. Does anyone know anything more about it??

« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008 08:29:39 PM »

I was looking to see if anyone else had posted about this, cause if not, then I sure was going to. When I found out about this, I emailed both of my senators and congressman and signed the petition and I urge everybody else to do the same!

Just a couple of clicks and you can find the names, websites, and mailing addresses of your senators and congress men and write to them about this issue! There are links here, and even a letter already written up that you can send http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/how-you-can-help. It will literally take you 10 minutes to make an impact!

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 09:15:47 AM »

I have a link to another thread on craftster in my signature. Smiley
If you are on etsy there is a "boycot" in place that is peaceful and hopefully will be effective that I plan to participate in:
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009 06:08:01 PM »

Yes we need to spread the word about CPSIA and how this will put a lot of crafty people out of business. Even if you do not make childrens toys this may affect what you do make especially if your product falls in the hands of a child.
here are some links to more information we gotta spread the word!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What Can YOU DO?

CALL your REPRESENTATIVES ! !   http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Tell them you aren't pleased with the way the House wrote this bill or the fact that the Senate passed it in its current form, and that it is in dire need of reform before it sinks small businesses under exorbitant testing costs for products that are made using natural materials.

Call Nancy Nord. She's the acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and she needs to hear from you. To reach her, call 301-504-7923 and ask for her; if she's busy, leave a brief, polite, but firm message.

Call the CPSC ombudsman's office. The number is 888-531-9070.

     The form at:  http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/ComponentPartsComments.pdf
indicates that CPSC is accepting Comments on HR 4040
     Comments must be received by the Office of the Secretary no later than January 30, 2009.
Comments may be filed by email to Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov. Comments
may also be filed by facsimile (fax) to 301-504-0127 or by mail or delivery to the Office of the
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East-West Highway,
Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. Comments should be captioned “Section 102 Mandatory Third-
Party Testing of Component Parts. Interested persons will also have additional opportunities
to comment following publication of any notices of rulemaking proceedings in the Federal
Register which are commenced under this section.

Tell ALL your local news outlets that this is a local story! They may do an story on YOUR craft

----------  Some  Links: ----------

The Letters of the Law in Question: HR4040: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

CraftLister.com & Creator Louis Marquette on the CPSIA as it affects Hand-Made Crafters

Rather Good Slide-Show (for dummies) Overview of the CPSIA

Lots of Misc Resources and Links

Handmade Toy Alliance is an organization in Support of Revisions

February 10 th is National Bankruptcy Day!

Etsy.com on the CPSIA as it affects Hand-Made One-of-a-kind Out-of-the-home Artists

CraftLister.com Message Forum on CPSIA

Etsy.com Message Forum on CPSIA

News Articles on CPSIA

Petitions you can Sign or Vote for

Blog and Link Resources

Article: Heard in the slammer: “I used to make handmade toys

-------- V I D E O -----

Rick Woldenberg - Response to CPSIA Implementation (CPSC Panel 11-6-08)

One Senator's Thoughts on the CPSIA - Parody

WILL CPSIA put STAY AT HOME MOM's WET BAGS out of business??

CPSIA Endangered Children's Products and Toys

ALERT! Federal Law will make selling children's products a felony if not labeled as tested lead free, starting Feb 10th.  --- What will we Loose?


PVC Marshmellow Guns, Pop Guns
Wooden Rubber band Guns
Woven or Beaded Friendship Bracelets
Wooden puzzles, mazes
Candy Miniatures - wrapped candy hot glued into a shape. eg. a pack of gum airplane, lifesaver + kiss train
Doll Clothes
Basic Doll Houses
Sand Art
Quilts, Clothing, Bedding
Burp Rags
Children's Room Wall Decorations, plaques, carvings, clocks, clothing racks
Yo Yo balloons
Wooden Toys such as Fire Engines, Trucks, Tractors, Wagons, Trains
Game Boards
Stuffed Toys
Hair bows, Clips, Headbands
wooden yo-yo's
figurines made from clay, wood, metal, etc.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009 04:47:16 PM »

Posting on etsy from the admin:

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 childrens 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 childrens 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 childrens products subject to:

            The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;

            The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;

            The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and

            The limits on lead content of metal components of childrens jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.

      Certification requirements applicable to ATVs 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.

The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, childrens garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our Web site.

The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission's judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products.

Please visit the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.

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