Saturday, September 26, 2009

CPSIA What have they done for you lately?

With all the chaos in the last year created by CPSIA, it has made so many artists band together. The latest requirement by the CPSIA is for tracking labels. Naturally as a small manufacturer (I can't even call myself that without laughing - I'm just a person who likes to make handcrafted items and sell them) I too must follow this ruling. So in search of what is needed on the labels and trying to determine what mine should look like, I have found people who have consolodated the information in an easy to understand manor. I found many forums on Etsy dedicated to this information but trudging through the bantering or discussing or self promoting was getting cumbersome. Of course the Fashion-Incubator also fully covered it with their forums too and the Domestic Diva did too. Even the Federal trade commission tries to give us the complete information. Luckily I found a few blogs that spelled it out nicely and sucinctly for those of us who don't want to trudge through millions of pages of legal jargon to get to the reality. Organic Baby Farm did a great job summing this all up in her blog. Great! A jumping off point.

From this I have begun creating the right labels for me-ones that work in my products and are easy for me to adapt in size (but not for the really little things) and for materials. I haven't figured out the batch stuff or things like that because each item is so unique and individual - I don't work in "batch"es. Regardless, I'll soon be doing a tutorial on the labels as well as sharing ideas from others who have found/created their labels to comply. If you have ideas you would like to share, please let me know. I'd be glad to include them as a resource for others trying to figure it all out.


Nancy Jones said...

Are these requirements still just for children's products?

Original Cyn Studios said...

My understanding is that these tracking labels are for any children items. That seems to be how some people are trying to get around it - by claiming their items are not intended for children under a certain age (like 12). Fun!