Saturday, January 31, 2009

CPSIA - one year stay of testing!!!

Yesterday, the CPSC granted a one year stay of testing! The stay does not cover all products, but Crafts are included!!!

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.
You can read all the details on the CPSC website, here.

This means that Marine Corps Kids can continue doing the great work we've been doing in the current year with no fear of breaking the laws! If you use zippers, buttons or other findings in your crafts, please be sure that you are buying products that are certified lead-free. There is no need, however, to test finished craft projects that will be donated or sold.

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to write to your legislators and to the CPSC! Our efforts have paid off!! We will need to continue voicing our needs and concerns so that we are covered next year when the stay expires, but I think this is GREAT news!!

Again, I am so thankful to each of you for your response regarding this issue, and for all the support you have all shown to our military families through your donations to Marine Corps Kids!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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