For some time, we have been calling for the CPSC to appoint an ombudsman to help small businesses understand and comply with the CPSIA. We've discussed this with Chair Tenenbaum, Commissioner Adler, and numerous legislative representatives. Last week, we learned from Commissioner Nord that the CPSC will be funding this position for fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1, 2010.
This is wonderful news because it means that small businesses will have someone to talk to when they can't find answers to their questions. We also hope that the ombudsman will be able to effectively communicate small business's concerns about the implementation of the CPSIA.
We knew this position was desperately needed because the HTA and other trade groups such as Fashion Incubator have shouldered most the burden of helping small businesses to understand what's required of them. As Nancy Nord points out, even Mattel's team of lawyers has trouble understanding the CPSIA. Take a look at the HTA's very active Facebook page for a preview of the type of questions that the CPSC Ombudsman will be facing.
In the meantime, we very much appreciate that the Commission has created this position.
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