The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a Final Rule in the Federal Register exempting engineered wood products from third party lead, ASTM F963 heavy metals, and phthalates testing. The determination is effective July 23, 2018. euroSource and the Handmade Toy Alliance listed this determination among our priorities on September 13, 2012. euroSource continued to push for this determination including in comments to the CPSC regarding reducing regulatory burdens (PDF) in September 2017. So it is with pleasure, and relief, that we greet this news after nearly six years!
Today was the CPSC 2017-2018 budget priorities hearing. euroSource was there to advocate and continue our push for burden reduction for that group of businesses too large to benefit from the Small Batch Rule and too small to realize the economy of scale that comes with mass production. To reduce the third party testing burden for small businesses we concentrate on the expansion of determinations and look for ways to perform a single test even when a manufacturer faces requirements from multiple jurisdictions like the US and the EU.
Today, March 30th, 2014, euroToyShop.com ceased operations as an online specialty toy store offering fine products from second tier European Manufacturers. Since January 2014, the store had been in liquidation mode.