Urgent: Please collect lab price quotes

Thanks to your efforts, we’ve gained the ear of key legislators and media. However, as no law maker wants to be known as “the legislator who wants to put lead back in toys,” we need documentation. Now. If you’ve gotten any price quotes, please send those as they are desperately needed. If you prefer, you can upload them at CPSIA Central.

One senator — a sponsor of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act — who understands manufacturing, has also requested testing time estimates. He wants to know how long will it take for lab results to be returned to you. In other words, he understands that waiting on testing for several weeks can amount to unanticipated losses, particularly if delivery deadlines are missed due to a lengthened production schedule.

If you have requested a price quote and have not received one, please send a statement that includes the date of your submission, to whom it was sent, a description of the product, a description of the testing requested (if known) and your contact information. Rob Wilson — who’s been waiting five business days for a price quote — mentions Bureau Veritas won’t even give estimates. This and related information is likewise useful as it demonstrates one is compelled to commit to testing without knowing the costs.

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Kathleen Fasanella

Kathleen started production patternmaking in 1981. Starting in 1993, she began providing consulting and engineering services to manufacturers, small companies, and startups with an emphasis on developing owner-operator domestic cut-and-sew operations. In 2015 she opened a 5,000 sqft. fully equipped sewing factory: The Sewing Factory School. Kathleen is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing, the most highly rated book of any topic in the garment industry. She's been mentioned numerous times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Public Radio, Boston Globe, LA Times, Vogue, French Vogue and has at least 15 Project Runway alums at last count. Kathleen writes nearly all of the articles on Fashion-Incubator.com and hosts its forum, the largest private online community for apparel manufacturers on the web.

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