The new law to protect children from lead paint is called the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). Although an important law, it is affecting small business in a very negative way.
Under this law, the government beginning on February 10, 2009, is going to mandate lead testing on all products manufactured or assembled that are intended for children 12 and under. While being a great idea, the oversight for the law makes it illegal to sell any products that are intended for children age 12 and under that are not certified as being tested. That is going to put small businesses out of business because the cost of the testing will have a huge impact on us.
An amendment to exclude consignment shops has already been approved, but for crafters like myself we are still keeping our fingers crossed.
Please click on the link to vote at