On December 15, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved final rule, 16 CFR 1232, to adopt ASTM F2613-17a as the mandatory safety requirement for children’s folding chairs and stools.View Story Read More
In ASTM F2613-17a, a children’s folding chair or stool is defined as:
The final rule will become effective June 15, 2018.
On November 20, 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Assessment (OEHHA) has approved an amendment to Title 27, California Code of Regulations, Article 6, Clear and Reasonable warnings. The key changes are summarized below:View Story Read More
The amendment will become operative on August 30, 2018. In the interim, businesses may comply with either existing or amended warning requirements.
Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added one chemical to the Proposition 65 List. The new chemical is as follows:View Story Read More
The added chemical meets the requirements for listing purposes of Proposition 65 as known to the State of California to cause Cancer toxicity. The chemical details are provided below:
|Date of addition||Chemical||Chemical Abstracts Service Number (CAS No.)||Types of Toxicity|
|December 29, 2017||Vinylidene chloride (1,1-Dichloroethylene)||75-35-4||Cancer|
On December 29, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice to propose No Significant Risk Levels (NSRLs) for two chemicals, which were listed under Proposition 65 as being known to the state to cause Cancer.View Story Read More
The chemical details and issued NSRLs are provided below:
|Chemical||Chemical Abstracts Service Number (CAS No.)||Type of Toxic||No significant risk level (NSRL) / in micrograms per day|
On January 15, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added several substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the SVHC Candidate List under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The added chemicals can be carcinogenic, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. These additions bring the SVHC Candidate List total to 181 substances.View Story Read More
The chemicals added are:
The deadline for notification about the presence of the new SVHCs in articles is July 15, 2018, six months after their inclusion on the List.
In Europe, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Rapid Alert System, which is updated weekly. The European recalls from June to December 2017 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Electric Shock Hazard||137|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||399|
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||178|
|Cosmetics / Bodycare||57|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||55|
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||44|
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In December 2017, the updated Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 entered into force. The updated safety standard adopted a new version of AS/NZS 1900:2014 Flotation aids for water familiarization and swimming tuition replacing the previous Consumer Protection No. 3 of 2009.View Story Read More
In the updated safety standard, a new version of the Australia/ New Zealand standard is adopted and the flotation aid is defined as:
It excludes the following:
The transition period of the safety standard was given until December 14, 2019. Within this period, swimming and flotation aid devices may comply with either the old or the new version of AS/NZS 1900.
In December 2017, the HKSAR Government proposed to adopt up-to-date safety standards promulgated by the relevant standards for toys and children’s products listed in Schedule 2 under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424). The comment period ended on December 31, 2017.View Story Read More
The specified standards for toys and for certain classes of Schedule 2 products are proposed to be updated to new versions as per the below table:
|Existing Standards||Updated Standard|
|Toys||IEC 62115 Edition 1:2003/A1:2004/ A2:2010||IEC 62115:2017 Edition 2.0|
|BS EN 71-12:2013||BS EN 71-12:2016|
|ASTM F963-11||ASTM F963-17|
|Schedule 2 Product Standards|
|Babies dummies and children’s paint||ASTM F963-11||ASTM F963-17|
|Children’s paint||AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2012||AS/NZSISO 8124.3:2012+A1:2016|
|Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use||ASTM F404-16a||ASTM F404-17|
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