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!
Small and micro businesses have always been on the tail end of the product safety conversations taking place within government, regulators, and large industry associations. This forces them into a reactive position when a proactive position is preferred. But there are some options to at least stay connected and source the information required to become or stay compliant in a highly regulated children’s product marketplace.
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.