Posts Tagged ‘cpsia consumer products regulations’

Updated version of CPSC Handbook

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has posted an updated copy of the CPSC Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers on its website. Most of the focus is on child care articles, but there’s information pertaining to children’s products in general (which include art and craft supplies) and children’s toys. The handbook is a good reminder of the new rules that apply to resellers and it’s definitely worth a look, especially if you sell a lot of children’s products in your store. Here’s the link: CPSIA Handbook for Children\’s Products Resellers

CPSIA Update, Feb 11th

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The CPSC has (finally!) issued some guidelines for meeting the new CPSIA regulations. Small business and resellers will find the Guide quite helpful in determing what can be sold at this point in time. MacPherson’s continues to document compliance each product we sell under the Art Alternatives, Okido and SOS brands, and we continue to collect information for every distributed brand’s products, too. Be assured that if MacPherson’s hears of any non-compliant products in our inventory we will alert you immediately. The Guide can be found on NAMTA’s web site by following this link:

Guide to the Consumer Product  Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) Update

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Due to extreme pressure from manufacturers and retailers, the CPSC continues to rethink the implementation of the CPSIA rulings. Some of the certification regulations have been delayed by 1 year, but for now it looks like the lead limit for children’s products and the Phthalate limits for children’s toys might still take effect on February 10, 2009. An emergency session of the CPSC to discuss a possible delay is planned for February 9th.

The CPSC issues changes weekly, if not daily, and it’s hard to keep up with the changing legislation. But don’t worry – the MacPherson’s team is keeping up with all the changes so that you don’t have to. We are working diligently to insure that all items in our inventory are in compliance with the CPSIA regulations; we have contacted all vendors requesting testing results; and we will act accordingly on any items found not to be in compliance with the regulations as they take affect.

Important Information: CPSIA – New Product Safety Regulations

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Do the new safety regulations have you confused? You’re not alone. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced lots of new regulations that take effect this year, mostly for children’s products. There are new limits for lead, phthalates and more. The regulations affect all parts of our industry’s supply chain, from manufacturing to retailing. This link to the US government’s website can explain the act and ever changing regulation. CPSIA Web Site.

As a customer of MacPherson’s, you can take comfort in our steady leadership and proactive approach. We have been very busy collecting all of the information required by the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations. We are securing all the Product Safety Testing Certificates for all of our proprietary products (Art Alternatives, Okido, SOS, etc) and will build an online database where they can be accessed by retailers, end-users, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and US Customs. In the meantime, we will make all certificates in our archives available upon request. We are also relabeling any of the products requiring new safety warnings, though it may take awhile for our existing inventory to cycle through and for the new labels to arrive in your stores. (The new labels are required for products manufactured after Feb. 10th.) Additionally, we are conforming with the new Homeland Security measures put into place for 2009, to make sure our shipments reach us in their expected time-frame.

We are contacting the vendors whose products we distribute, requesting GCCs (General Conformity Certifications) and access to their Product Safety Certifications. We are asking them to tell us of any currently non-compliant products sold to MacPherson’s, so that we can let you know of any problems. We are verifying that anything sold to MacPherson’s from now on will meet 2009 regulations. This is a huge project; we are aware of the timetable and we are working diligently to conform to all regulations. The earliest deadline is about lead in children’s products and it takes effect Feb. 10th. From what we are hearing, compliance dates may change, but that won’t stop us from collecting all the necessary information.

You can be assured that MacPherson’s is aware of the new regulations and is working hard to meet them. Please contact us any time to ask about our progress or about specific certificates.