Most of you know that I run an online design service business. In that business, I also offer some handmade products. According to the CPSIA, I need to stop selling those handmade items that are intended for children, and I will be taking the next few weeks to pull those items off my website. So, if you need something, you’d better grab it now, because soon I won’t be selling things like tutus and custom hairbow bouquets any more.
You may have no idea what I’m talking about or why this bothers me so much, and I totally understand why. It can be quite confusing.
The CPSIA stands for the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act which is a law that was enacted in August of 2008.
The stated purpose of this bill is to “establish consumer product safety standards and other safety requirements for children’s products and to reauthorize and modernize the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
The CPSIA requires that all products intended for children under 12 are tested and certified as meeting the lead limits as set forth in the law. Phthalate testing is also required for toys intended for children under 12 or “child care articles” for children under three.