In June 2018, under section 104(b)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the CPSC adopted a mandatory rule for high chairs, codified in 16 CFR 1231. At the time the Commission published the final rule, ASTM F404-18 was the current version of the voluntary standard. In January 4, 2021, ASTM notified CPSC that it had again revised the voluntary standard for high chairs, approving ASTM F404-20 on October 1, 2020. Based on the CPSC’s staff’s review of ASTM F404-20, the Commission will allow the revised voluntary standard to become the mandatory standard. This final rule is effective on July 3, 2021.View Story Read More
ASTM has revised the standard for high chairs twice since ASTM F404-18, which is the current mandatory standard.
ASTM F404-20 includes several substantive changes, several revisions to clarify existing requirements, and editorial revisions that do not alter substantive requirements in the standard or affect safety.
|2.3||Adds a reference to ANSI Z535.1 Safety Colors 2.4 (to be consistent with other ASTM standards that reference the ANSI standard for safety colors for use in distinguishing warning labels)|
|2.4||Adds a reference to new test equipment, the Civil Aeronautical Medical Institute (CAMI) Infant Dummy Mark II and the CAMI Newborn Dummy, which are used in the new stability testing for reclined seat high chair products|
|18.104.22.168||A new note stating that a product that has an elevated seat and is designed or promoted for eating and feeding or is shown near a dining table would be considered within the scope of the high chair standard|
|3.1.21||Vertically downward load applied by weights or other means|
On March 1, 2021, the state of Oregon published the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the final implementation phase of its Toxic Free Kids Act.View Story Read More
In 2015, Oregon passed the Toxic-Free Kids Act legislation. This law requires manufacturers of children's products sold in Oregon to report products containing one or more high priority chemicals of concern for children's health (HPCCCH), if found at or above specific levels in those products. Ultimately, manufacturers are to remove these chemicals from certain products or seek a waiver.
The Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) Toxic-Free Kids program is responsible for implementing this law. The OHA writes rules to govern what manufacturers must do to comply with the law. The rules and rulemaking processes were established over Phases 1 to 3.
Phase 1 established a list of high priority chemicals of concern for children's health (HPCCCH) and criteria by which the list can be updated in the future.
Phase 2 established detailed manufacturer reporting requirements and the priority order of those entities responsible for providing product notifications.
Phase 3 established detailed requirements for manufacturers of three specific categories of children's products (those for children under three years-old; "mouthable" items and children's cosmetics), which were effective beginning March 1, 2021. Accordingly, the manufacturer of specific categories of children's products must remove HPCCCH from product models in these categories or substitute HPCCCH with an alternative to make the product less hazardous or have a waiver approved by the Authority.
Additionally, Phase 3:
Phase 3 did not add or remove any HPCCCHs.
The corresponding Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) are newly established as well, to guide the manufacturers to comply with the requirements. The complete rules can be found at: OAR 333-016, starting at 333-016-2001.
In Canada, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Health Canada website, which is updated daily. The Canada recalls from November 17, 2020 to April 16, 2021 are summarized below:View Story Read More
*Other Hazards include Flammability Hazard, Electrical Hazard, Tip-over Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Health Problem, Crash Hazard, Scald Hazard, Physical Hazard, Strangulation Hazard, Explosion Hazard, Suffocation Hazard, Entanglement Hazard, and Laceration Hazard, with a frequency of less than 4
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||5|
|Tools and Electrical Products||11|
^Other Categories include Accessories, Cosmetics /Bodycare, Food Contact Materials, Home Electrical Appliances, Juvenile Products, Furniture, Toys, and Miscellaneous, with a frequency of less than 4
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On March 15, 2021, Belgium published its Royal Decree of February 17, 2021 to regulate food contact metals and alloys. It does not specify an effective date, therefore; the publishing date of March 15, 2021 should be considered as the effective date.View Story Read More
On March 15, 2021, Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, published the decree to regulate metal and alloy materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
This decree applies to materials and articles in their final state, whether they consist totally or partially of metals or alloys and whether coated or non-coated, which:
In conformity with this decree, metal and alloy materials and articles must be manufactured in accordance with:
This decree adopts the specific release limits (SRLs) (see below Table 1) from the Council of Europe Resolution CM/Res (2013) 9 ‘Metals and Alloys Used in Food Contact Materials and Articles’. The test methods and the instructions are described in the guidelines of the Royal Decree of February 17, 2021.
|Name||Specific Release Limit (mg/kg of food)|
This decree requires a DOC (declaration of conformity) and the declaration must contain the following information:
Note: For all products which are not yet considered as final products, above points 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the declaration of conformity, must be completed, at a minimum.
If no modification occurs in the raw materials, in their treatment, in the use, in the production process, etc., a declaration of conformity can remain valid for a period of maximum five years.
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