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post #381 of 406
CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products
Because it's a press release, it's not covered under our copyright policy, so I've posted the whole thing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2009
Release #09-115
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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:
o The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;
o The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;
o The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and
o 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.
post #382 of 406
Also:
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foi...tayenforce.pdf
Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements
post #383 of 406
Well, that's a relief!
post #384 of 406
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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
Umm what is this? I don't know anything about garage door openers, bike helmets, or candles. :

What did this law NOT cover?
post #385 of 406
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Originally Posted by aniT View Post
Umm what is this? I don't know anything about garage door openers, bike helmets, or candles. :

What did this law NOT cover?
Kleenex & Toilet paper, perhaps?? The ATV thing was kinda strange too. Geez, this is sooo out of control . Glad they approved the stay though.
post #386 of 406
saw this elsewhere.

exhale for a bit.
post #387 of 406
OK, seriously. 2 people is not a commission. It's a date. Why are two people running the whole CPSC?!?
post #388 of 406
Yeay I don't have to sell black market toys, for now.
post #389 of 406
Yay!
post #390 of 406
Oh man I am so relieved.
post #391 of 406
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post #392 of 406
THIS IS NOT OVER!!! We have to remember that while we breathe a little easier today, Monday the fight continues. Complacency is going to set in, and come next year we could be facing the same problems over again. Consumer groups are rabid about the stay and will be pouring money into making sure the regulations stay extremely strict. They really don't care about small business and will fight. Large retailers have been requiring compliance already, imagine how livid the companies are who already payed for their testing. They see it as wasted money that they can't afford in a sinking economy.

Another key in the release is that the state's Attorney General's are being trusted to follow the stay, but they don't have to. So one of them could go off on some wild toy hunt tomorrow and still cause major problems.

Everyone should get on a listserv or join a group, like http://cpsia-central.ning.com/ or www.handmadetoyalliance.org to make sure they stay on top of what is going on and don't forget or become complacent.

That said, I may go to my independent toy store and buy something, to celebrate!
post #393 of 406
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Originally Posted by sedalbj View Post
THIS IS NOT OVER!!! We have to remember that while we breathe a little easier today, Monday the fight continues. Complacency is going to set in, and come next year we could be facing the same problems over again. Consumer groups are rabid about the stay and will be pouring money into making sure the regulations stay extremely strict. They really don't care about small business and will fight. Large retailers have been requiring compliance already, imagine how livid the companies are who already payed for their testing. They see it as wasted money that they can't afford in a sinking economy.

Another key in the release is that the state's Attorney General's are being trusted to follow the stay, but they don't have to. So one of them could go off on some wild toy hunt tomorrow and still cause major problems.

Everyone should get on a listserv or join a group, like http://cpsia-central.ning.com/ or www.handmadetoyalliance.org to make sure they stay on top of what is going on and don't forget or become complacent.

That said, I may go to my independent toy store and buy something, to celebrate!
I'll be keeping on top of this until the end. We won't go down without a fight!!
post #394 of 406
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
OK, seriously. 2 people is not a commission. It's a date. Why are two people running the whole CPSC?!?
Isn't that incredible?!?! Something that is soooooo imporant, that is so far-reaching, and they have two people.
post #395 of 406
Not just does it seem like a huge job for two people, but where's the oversight? How do two people keep themselves honest and above reproach? Where are the checks and balances?
post #396 of 406
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
Not just does it seem like a huge job for two people, but where's the oversight? How do two people keep themselves honest and above reproach? Where are the checks and balances?
What I've heard is that Obama will be appointing people to the now-empty remaining 3 seats, who will then form a majority. I'm optimistic that he will appoint sensible people to this committee.
post #397 of 406
Jan - you ae absolutely AMAZING with all of this info!! I want to thank you so much for helping us keep up with this.

THANK YOU : !
post #398 of 406
signed up at both.

thanks for the links
post #399 of 406
Whew, good news!

I was getting stressed, not just for my own biz, but especially for my small town library, and the little thrift shops.

Don't worry, I still plan to ester my Senators and Rep. until there is a permanent revision.
post #400 of 406
I am glad to hear about the stay on this ridiculous law but I agree about continuing the fight so I also signed the petition.
Thanks for putting this link up.
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