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A Letter from CHA's Standards and Technology
You need to learn the new law or else....
Staff Report (January 19, 2009)
Dear Craft & Hobby Industry Suppliers,
On August 14, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
was signed into law by President Bush. The scope of this new
legislation, also called HR 4040, is daunting. Under the new
regulation most craft products could be defined as children’s
product by the CPSC. This will have a huge impact on the
manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers in the craft
WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT ON FEBRUARY 10, 2009 RETAILERS MAY NO
LONGER SELL THEIR EXISTING INVENTORY OF CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS THAT
DO NOT MEET CPSIA’S NEW STRICT TESTING STANDARDS! THIS MEANS A
POTENTIAL LOSS OF SALES FOR YOU AND US, AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF
UNSALABLE INVENTORY IN OUR STORES AND DC’S.
Why should you care? Besides the loss of potential sales and
inventory value, the enforcement and penalties for non-compliance
can be $100,000 per violation up to $15 million for multiple
violations, and imprisonment up to 5 years. CPSIA is being viewed as
a major compliance challenge, especially in our industry, which
spans so many product categories. How can you learn more?
If you are attending the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association
Trade Show, I am personally asking you to join us at an important
educational seminar regarding this new regulation. The seminar is
sponsored by the Industry Standards and Technology Committee and is
called The New Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA): What
You Need to Know About Compliance Standards. This Business Seminar
(S123) is scheduled from 3-5 pm on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the
CHA Winter Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Our speaker will be Ken Walsh, Product Engineer from Bureau
Veritas (a CPSC certified third party laboratory). After a one hour
introduction of the CPSIA by Ken Walsh, a panel of retailers and
manufacturers will field questions and explain how they are dealing
with these issues. Attending this session will get you started in
the right direction by helping you understand what your company is
required to do and what your trading partners are required to do.
This is a unique and not to be missed opportunity.
To register for the seminar you must first be registered for the
show, then simply log on to www.chashow.org
and click on "REGISTRATION," found under the "SHOW
INFO" drop down menu. Sign-in with your e-mail that is on file
with CHA (if you have not previously logged in to this web site you
will be prompted for your CHA ID, which is found on your 2009 dues
invoice). This will take you to your company’s registration
screen. Click on your name to register your badge and/or order
tickets. You can order a Complete Seminar Pass that entitles you to
unlimited access to all show seminars ($50 members/$100 non-members)
or order a pass for Monday, 1/26 ($35/$75). If you have any problems
please notify CHA at email@example.com.
We hope to see you at the seminar!
CHA Standards and Technology Committee:
Vic Burwell, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing Operations,
Heather Corvey, CEO, Sierra Pacific Crafts
Craig Curtis, President, Petersen-Arne
Lisa Kanak, Director of Marketing & Member Relations,
Mary Kuniski, Vice-President, Vendor Relation, Michaels
Mike Marriner, President, Retail Navigator
Scott Rohaley, Vice-President, Logistics & Information
Technology, Coats & Clark