The law is very poorly written. Small and family businesses that make small quantities of children's products instead of mass-producing them cannot financially survive the lead testing requirements as they are now written.
Only Congress can change it.
The more US Senators and Representatives hear from people, the more likely they are to do something to fix it.
There is also an open public commment on the third party testing of *components*, instead of whole final products. They are taking comments untiil January 30.
This blog has the specific instructions for emailing a public comment in. They are also available on the CPSC website but harder to find.http://joeyandaleethea.typepad.com/b...the-cpsia.html
Here is the pdf about the request for public comments:http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/Comp...tsComments.pdf
Quotes from this document of particular interest:
"The Commission staff invites comments on Section 102 of the CPSIA, Mandatory Third- Party Testing for Certain Children’s Products. The staff requests comments specifically on third-party testing of component parts "
"Given the schedule for implementation of the third-party testing requirements, the staff is interested in comments and information regarding:"
"• How the risk of introducing non-compliant product into the marketplace would be affected by permitting third-party testing of the component parts of a consumer product versus third-party testing of the finished consumer product.
• The conditions and or circumstances, if any, that should be considered in allowing third-party testing of component parts.
• The conditions, if any, under which supplier third-party testing of raw materials or components should be acceptable."
"• Whether consideration of third-party testing of component parts should be given for any particular industry groups or particular component parts and materials. Explain what it is about these industries, component parts, and/or materials that make them uniquely suited to this approach."
This is what small businesses need to be allowed to do - submit certificates that all of the component parts they use have been tested and are compliant, instead of having to pay for the third party testing of their entire line of finished products, each separate product they make, in every variation, having every part of it tested. It would make so much more sense for each component they use to be tested once, and for the manufacturer who mass-produces that component to be the one to do it and supply the certificates of compliance to those who purchase the components from them.
This public comment period is a chance for the public to be heard on this.