I’m not a lawyer, I’m not passing on legal advice.
However, the US Government has passed some legal requirements to insure that items made for children are safe. There has been lead and other heavy metals put in paint and metal parts of children jewlery. To insure safety, new requirements were enacted that required third party testing of a sample unit to insure that they were safe.
That testing was estimated at as much as $10,000 per item. For small batch manufacturers that was a business killer.
I’m not a manufacturer but a member of a toy making operation in the Mason Dixon Woodworkers.
I joined an organization that was part of a lobbying effort during the bill modification. The bill has now been finished and has an implemenation date of 1/1/2012 the CPSC – Consumer Product and Safety Commission is launching a registry for Small Batch Children’s Product Manufacturers.
The following is a copy of the email I received.
The CPSC released its small batch registration procedures on Friday.
See http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12073.html . Follow the link to register your business. More info is at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/toysafety/smallbatch.html .
Remember, registration is required in order to be exempted from lead in substrate and ASTM toy safety testing.
We will do our best to support you regarding the registration process. Please feel free to post questions, comments and concerns on the forum. Also, email Neal Cohen, Small Business Ombudsman, directly for additional information (NCohen@cpsc.gov).
If you feel that you are going to be impacted because of items that you make and sell or giveaway you should read about the requirements and make your own determination.
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