The CPSIA law was supposed to go into effect on February 10, 2009. The law was written that ANY item made to be used by children under 12 had to go through strict government testing. The price for testing started at $4000 per item, shirt, quilt, toy, ect. You then had to label the items with a batch number, item number, and testing number before you could sell your item. If you did not comply you could be charged with a felony, face jail time and have a fine starting at $10,000. This law hits everyone from large manufactures, Mattle is a supporter, to crafters and artisans, ME!
Now because of Scott leaving and me getting sick I have not been able to stay up to date on all the changes in this law the last 2 weeks. By the way Scott is in Baghdad. He will have to go through some more processing stuff next week, then he will be working. There are 115 days until he gets leave.
Back to CPSIA. On January 30, 2009 a Stay of Testing was issued for certain products.
"......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."
The Stay of Testing will last until February 10, 2010.
I realize some of you are thinking this doesn't have to do with me, BUT it does. For those of you who like to purchase one of a kind baby gifts or outfits for grandchildren, NO MORE! Quilters all of the wonderful quilts we make and donate to the Children's Hospital, NO MORE! How about the 2000 Christmas Stocking that Manteca Quilt Guild made and donated to kids in San Joaquin County, NO MORE! With the law untested items CAN NOT be donated to charities either.