Term of the Week: CPSIA

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In 2008, the U.S. government passed legislation that calls for a close watch on how children's garments are made—to be compliant with the CPSIA. The CPSIA or Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) ensures that any materials used to make a finished garment are safe for children ages 12 and under.

This includes blanks purchased from a supplier, as well as the products used to decorate them. Decorators offering children's garments must be mindful of these regulations and ensure all materials purchased for use have received a certificate of compliance. These regulations are in place for all businesses, whether you're decorating out of your home or doing thousands of runs per day in a shop.