Saturday, January 31, 2009
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:
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 children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.
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.
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.
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.
Statements on this vote by Acting Chairman Nancy Nord and Commissioner Thomas H. Moore are in portable document format (PDF).
Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"Totally Tink & Me!" Monogrammed Tee by Kalen Couture!
Custom Handpainted Tink Jumper by Jade and Roses Boutique
Custom Hand Painted Tink Tote also by Jade and Roses Boutique
Custom TINK Party Favor Bags
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Just to refresh your memory, this is what you're taking a chance to win:
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
*Adorable retro cherry print,peasant top with rolled neckline
* matching red gingham pants with comfy elastic waistband
*matching red gingham sash that can double as a hair accessory
Monday, January 12, 2009
*Insulated...great for hot or cold beverages
*Machine sewn,top stitched, and given a velcro closure & custom Posh Piggy Couture label
Friday, January 9, 2009
Isn't it just the cutest?! I love,love,love it! This has to be my favorite set themed for heart day,by far.This set 3 piece ensemble has been created using several TDF fabrics including a rare Pepe La Pue print....which Miss Am only has enough of to create just one more set, so don't let it pass you by.
Love Stinks Hoodie: This black fleece hoodie is made with Crochet Hearts, Applique and Ric Rac trim. Perfect for your Valentines Princess.
Skunk Tee: This tee can be made long or short sleeves. Beautiful skunk applique and lace trim complete this tee.
Love Stinks Stripwork Skirt: The fabrics for this skirt are TDF!! Made with rare Pepe La Pue fabric and detailed with double layers and rouching.
Great job ladies!
While browsing on the computer this afternoon I came across the cutest handmade dolls...Look out American Girl, the custom rag doll "My Face Dollie" is in town!
They are so flippin' cute and unique! These one of a kind dolls are surely a great gift for the little girl who has everything.Adorable ,OOAK, handmade and hand painted dolls to resemble the recipient or a special friend.What little girl wouldn't love this doll?!