On January 30th, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission voted to grant a one year delay on enforcement of the controversial new law that goes in to effect on February 10th. For those of you that haven't been following this bit of eco-news, CPSIA (the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act,)will require all manufacturers and retailers of children's products to meet stringent new standards for lead and phthalate limits, and to test and certify these products accordingly. With just a few days before CPSIA goes in to effect, many small businesses such as thrift stores, toy manufacturers, and consignment stores have been scrambling to decide between closing their doors and finding the thousands of extra dollars required to comply with CPSIA's testing and certification requirements. Many had even delcared February 10th to be National Bankruptcy Day in honor of CPSIA.
But it looks like those business won't have to shut their doors after all. The one year stay granted by the commission means that manufacturers of children’s products will need to meet the new lead and phthalate limits set by CPSIA, but they will not not need to test or certify their products just yet. According to a statement released by the commission:
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.