Expressing concern for small and home businesses, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will offer an amendment to the stimulus package to lessen the impact of CPSIA’s requirements on manufacturers and importers of children’s products. Most significantly, his amendment will delay implementation of the new law for six months. Since the current law has many holes and inconsistencies, this delay would allow CPSC to implement regulations addressing these problems.

Senator DeMint’s amendment would also provide other breaks for small businesses. First, he proposes to allow small manufacturers to use the testing and certification of their suppliers instead of requiring them to pay for new testing and certification. Second, the amendment would exempt consignment shops and re-sellers from the new requirements. Third, they would also prohibit retroactive application of the new requirements – only products manufactured after the CPSIA’s effective date would have to comply with the new requirements. Fourth, small manufactures would be eligible for a good-faith exemption. And finally, the amendment requires the CPSC to issue a compliance guide to small businesses.

If Congress approves Senator DeMint’s amendment, manufacturers and importers of children’s products will have a temporary reprieve from the new requirements CPSIA imposes.