CPSIA Gets Exemption for Handcrafters & Thrift Stores

Sheri Reed
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Just read a somewhat hopeful post over on The Storque that states that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an exemption on the upcoming CPSIA, which threatens to shut down the handmade industry, resellers, and others.





Here are a few highlights from the new exemption language:

"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."

and...

"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, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties."

According to Bloomburg, the Consumer Product Safety Commission also exempted wool, cotton, silk, gemstones, and pearls in its proposal.

Of course, there's lots more to work out (like how does a reseller know if a product contains lead if he/she doesn't get it tested?), but this small bit of clarification should ease some worry for many handcrafters and thrift store lovers. Maybe it also means the Consumer Product Safety Commission is going to listen to the handmade industry and their worries as well.

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