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A victory for common sense!

Posted by Erik on February 1, 2009

From the website of the Consumer Products Safety Commission (full text at link) :

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 …

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.

Finally, somebody has done something smart in this whole mess! I want to call out two things of special note in the above paragraphs:

1. “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.” What I think this means is that companies still have to have safe products, which is good, but that the batch-based testing is being suspended (which was the most onerous part of the legislation for handcrafters and small domestic producers).

2. “proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing” I assume this refers to what the Handmade Toy Alliance described in one communication as “paper, cotton, wool and other materials known to science not to contain lead“.

Thanks to my friend Code Pirate for the link!

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One Response to “A victory for common sense!”

  1. Hrafnkell said

    Rare thing for common sense to win out, isn’t it? I’m still pinching myself damn near every morning to make sure I’m not dreaming this new world we’re living in. Maybe our government will really start protecting us now!

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