Monday, January 12, 2009


Several days ago, I published a post on the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that was recently (overwhelmingly) passed by congress.

I recently heard great news from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In a significant reversal, the CPSA has announced that all children’s products will not become hazardous waste on February 10th! This is a victory for families, for the environment, and for resale shops across America.

In August, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA); a law designed to protect our children by reducing the amount of lead and phthalates in all children’s products, and requiring 3rd party testing to certify the safety of all products.  

On January 10th, the CPSC clarified how the law will affect resellers and families with used children’s products.  Click here to read the full revision.  From the statement – 

“The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.”
“The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content… Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.”

This is truly a victory for resale and consignment stores.  As far as I can tell, this revision does not help small businesses that sell new children's items (hairbows, children's clothing, etc.).  I am particularly interested because I occasionally sew and sell girl's dresses on EBay.  I can only hope another revision will be made to allow these sort of businesses to continue as well.

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