Are Home-Based Crafters Required to Test Products?
Yes. Small and home businesses are affected - even the kind woman who sews hats, quilts, or blankets for sick children and donates them to child-based programs like the Project Linus, iPump, or Caps for Kids, are now considered manufacturers.
A simple quilt or knitted cap made from exempt materials may not be affected, but add so much as one DMC metallic thread, a single button, snap, grommet, or bead and your craft may be subject to strict federal product testing laws.
Your Handmade Products Must Now be Tested!
Effective immediately, manufacturers and importers of children's products must test their products using a third-party accredited testing lab.
Are There Exceptions?
There are no exceptions to the definition of who is a manufacturer. The coverage is so tight that if you are a teacher and your class makes an item for a homeless family, fundraiser, or other product intended for use by children 12 and under, your class is a manufacturer!
But there are some exceptions about what materials must be tested. The following may be exempt from testing, provided that they have not been altered or combined with other materials not on this list:
- Wood, and other natural materials including coral, amber, feathers, fur, and untreated leather.
- Yarn, dyed or undyed.
- Dyed or undyed textiles (cotton, wool, hemp, nylon, etc.), including children's fabric products, such as baby blankets, and nonmetallic thread and trim. This does not include products that have rhinestones or other ornaments that may contain lead or that have fasteners with possible lead content (such as buttons, metal snaps, zippers or grommets).
- Children's books printed after 1985 that are conventionally printed and intended to be read, as opposed to used for play.
- Certain educational materials, such as chemistry sets
- Precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, sapphire or emeralds
- Semiprecious stones provided that the mineral or material is not based on lead and is not associated with any mineral based on lead.
- Natural or cultured pearls, surgical steel; gold, of at least 10 karats; silver, at least 925/1000 pure; and
- Platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, and ruthenium.