CPSIA and Certifications
CPSIA Compliance Statement
All fabrics and notions sold at Sahara Fabrics and and intended for children's items are exempt from or compliant with CPSIA regulations.
CPSIA in Detail
If you sew children's products for sale in the United States, please be aware that there is legislation affecting these products: the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act, known as CPSIA.
1. Lead testing of your finished products. Small batch manufacturers may register and be exempt from testing their finished products. Small batch: If your annual revenue is less than $1 million and you manufacture in batches of less than 7,500 units, you do not need to have third party testing for category B items which include wearing apparel and children's sleepwear. You do need to have your finished products properly labeled with care, content, and production batch number.
2. Lead testing of your materials. Regular textiles are exempt from lead testing under 16 CFR 1500.9. Note that hook and loop (Touchtape) and elastics are considered fabrics and are likewise exempt. Textiles that have a surface coating, such as PUL, are subject to lead testing regulations. The CPSIA Small Business Guide [PDF] contains a list of items that may be used without testing.
EXEMPT FROM TESTING (Table B, page 7): Dyed or undyed textiles (cotton, wool, hemp, nylon, etc.), including children’s fabric products such as baby blankets... [that do not have rhinestones, decorations that might contain lead, metal fasteners].
In summary: There are only two types of materials sold at Sahara Fabrics and intended for children's use that come under CPSIA regulation: Eco-PUL™ and KAM Snaps. Everything else is exempt. If you are a small batch manufacturer as defined above, just keep the Sahara Fabrics compliance statement on file.
KAM snaps are free from lead. The KAM manufacturer certifies that KAM plastic snaps do not contain lead.
Regulated in the US under the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act 16 CFR part 1610. 100% Polyester fabrics (microfleece, suedecloth, athletic wicking jersey) are exempt from testing. Baby diapers are not considered sleepwear and are exempt from flammability testing. Eco-PUL and our non-polyester fabrics are Class 1 Material (Normal Flammability), as demonstrated by the following certifications.
Please see our complete Eco-PUL™ Health and Safety page.
Disclaimer for information on this page: Please be aware, this information on this page is our reading of the law! Please consult your attorney for legal advice.