There is a new law, the "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act" that is about to go into effect. This could put home based business, especially the ones selling handmade items out of business.
This law will require ALL components of every item manufactured be tested and certified as a safe product. Every business will have to have these certifications available to prover the item was tested and safe, or risk huge fines and penalties.
This new law is confusing and while it is said that there is an exemption for one of a kind handmade items, what about the crafter who makes a few of each item to sell?
I have read the act and interpret as speaking almost exclusively of manufactured items intended for use by children under the age of 12. Art items are never mentioned in the 64 page document, and it refers consistently to children's items.
What do you think?
I will keep this forum updated as I get new information. Please post if you have any further information on this issue.
For more information you can read the act itself at Consumer Safety Improvement Act
You can read the article I wrote on this subject at http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art60231.asp