Exciting CPSIA Update!

I thought I'd share with you an update on the CPSIA I received via the Amy Butler newsletter. It's fantastic news to know that our collective voice has been heard and the law has been delayed a year for review. By no means does this mean we should get quiet now, though. Keep writing your legislators and sign those petitions! Do not let small business crafters and handmade items become a thing of the past -- support handmade products and push for amendments to the CPSIA!

(via the Amy Butler newsletter:)


Good news: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements for the recently introduced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The law, which was to go into effect on February 10, 2009, has been delayed for one year. On February 10, 2010, the CPSC will vote to terminate the stay. At that time the CPSC should have a more defined set of rules and regulations for this law.

According to the CPSC statement: "We believe at this time that the stay will give us the time needed to develop sound rules and requirements as well as implement outreach efforts to explain these requirements of the CPSIA and their applicability."

It seems all the hard work from caring souls around the country has started to pay off! It is wonderful to see that although separately we are all small, together we have the powerful voice. Although this is great news for crafters and small businesses everywhere, we shouldn't stop sharing our opinions. Please continue to sign the petitions and write to your legislators - while they are in this decision-making process, our feedback is more important than ever. See my "new" button at www.amybutlerdesign.com for links to important information on this issue.

Thank you all for your continued support and friendship!

Happy, Happy Sewing!

XO - Amy


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