There is a new policy in effect for stuffed articles following an audit inspection by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority. The inspector advised they are stepping up audits and may visit NPCC at any time we have events, and at least on an annual basis to ensure we are following the regulations regarding proper labelling of stuffed articles. Stuffed articles include items that have a concealed layer such as quilts, placemats, coasters, toys, bags etc.
We have put in place and outlined below the key points of the new policy requirements for selling goods either under the auspices of NPCC or as an EQG member.
- The Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild has a registration with the Technical Safety Standards Association for Stuffed Articles. Any stuffed article that is sold by the guild should be in compliance with Ontario Regulation 218/01: Upholstered and Stuffed Articles under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Safety Program regulates upholstered and stuffed articles. Labels should be affixed to each article, with the appropriate information relating to the stuffing.
- EQG will provide labels at no cost to members to sew on stuffed articles that are for sale at EQG/NPCC sponsored events, with substantial proceeds from the sale, going to EQG and/or NPCC.
- Articles that are donated or sold by members outside of EQG/NPCC are not covered by this policy.
- If a guild member sells a stuffed item and receives a substantial portion of proceeds from the sale, it is the member’s responsibility to have their own registration and appropriate labelling.
- All stuffed articles displayed for sale at EQG or NPCC sponsored events are required to be in compliance with the Act.
- All EQG entry forms for events where stuffed items will be displayed and may be sold, will have an agreement that the member will comply with this policy.
- In addition to meeting the labelling requirements of the Ontario Regulation 218/01, all textile articles offered for sale in Canada must adhere to the labelling requirements set out in the federal Textile Labeling Act. The Competition Bureau of Canada—an independent law enforcement agency of the federal government—administers and enforces the Textile Labelling Act – details available here.
November 2018 – if you have any questions or require further information please contact Janice Telfer.