If you sell handmade goods designed for children 12 and under, you can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for the next year. The CPSC has granted a 1 year stay of testing and certification. Here’s an excerpt from their January 30, 2009 press release:
The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s 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.
You can read the entire statement on the CPSC website.
This, of course, does not mean that crafters are in the clear when it comes to selling their wares at shows, exhibitions and on sites such as etsy, or ebay. For more information on this upcoming law (let’s face it, it’s now a year away), check out CraftSanity has a podcast devoted to this topic and Smart Martha’s list of potential lead hazards (rhinestones, zipper stops, pearl buttons).