Thursday, February 5, 2009

Handmade Wins- a Delay for CPSIA!

Well, at least for the next year... But while it doesn't solve all problems with the legislation, this is great news! Originally signed into law in August by then-president (ah, how nice it is to say that) GWB, and meant to take effect on February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was designed to, in brief, make products intended for children safer. That's an honorable and necessary intention, however, the way it currently reads, the law poses a serious threat to sellers and makers of handmade children's goods, potentially eliminating a source of handmade products that were designed as safe alternatives.

Thanks to a huge online grassroots effort that garnered enormous amounts of media attention and Congressional support for handmade and vintage sellers, on January 30th,
CPSIA was delayed for one year! The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) granted a “stay of enforcement of testing and certification requirements" until February 10, 2010. This allows for much more time, review, and discussion to ensure that the original law can both keep toys safe and remain fair to small businesses and crafters and their consumers. Wonderful, right? Not quite...

The battle is far from over! Nancy Nord, Acting Chairperson of the CPSC, in her
address to Congress regarding the delay, called the stay a "time out" that "should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised." It's important that continued action is taken! You can help by contacting your Senator to let them know that there are still problems to be solved, encouraging them to support Sen. DeMint's bill to amend the CPSIA. Celebrate all that's been accomplished, but keep fighting!

Some helpful links:
BuyHandmade.Org
Etsy's CPSIA Action Kit
What is CPSIA and Why is it Bad?
TheSmartMama.com

1 comment:

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