May 2016 Regulatory Update

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

Updates of ASTM Standards

Below is a summary of recently updated ASTM standards that may be of interest to our clients:

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CPSIA / CFR Reference ASTM Standard No. Detail
16 CFR 1112 & 1231 (Proposed) ASTM F404-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs

Covers the performance requirements and methods of test to ensure the satisfactory performance of the high chair and high chairs created by using a high chair conversion kit and component(s) from another product.

16 CFR 1112 & 1233 ASTM F1235-15 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Hook-On Chairs

Covers the performance requirements and test methods designed to ensure the satisfactory performance of the portable hook-on chair.

16 CFR 1112 & 1234 (Proposed) ASTM F2670-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs

Establishes performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to promote the safe use of infant bath tubs.

ASTM F2601-16 Standard Specification for Fire Safety for Candle Accessories

Prescribes the performance requirements and corresponding test procedures for candle accessories to help ensure a reasonable degree of personal safety during normal use, thereby, reducing incidences of fires, deaths, and injuries.


US State Minnesota Proposes Bills to Amend Minnesota Statutes Concerning Priority Chemicals Reporting Rules and Their Prohibition

On March 8, 2016, Bill HF 2761 and Bill HF 2717 were introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives to amend Minnesota Statutes. The proposed amendments in the two bills are similar. They both add new sections to establish reporting requirements for manufacturers or distributors of children’s products containing one or more priority chemicals above 100 ppm or Practical Quantification Limit (PQL).

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The two bills are summarized below with content being compared:

HF 2761 HF 2717
Reporting information to Pollution Control Agency Name of priority chemical(s) and its Chemical Abstracts Service(CAS) registry number
Categories of the product with reference below^ Categories of the product without reference below^
Categories^:

Category 1: a mouthable children's product intended to be used by children three years of age or younger or a children's product intended to be placed in a child's mouth or directly applied to a child's skin

Category 2: a children's product intended to be in direct contact with a child's skin for one hour or longer, including but not limited to clothing, jewelry, bedding, or a car seat;

Category 3: a children's product intended to be in direct contact with a child's skin for less than one hour

Category 4: a children's product in which a priority chemical is contained only 
in an internal component that, under normal use, is unlikely to come into direct contact with a child's skin or mouth

N/A
Product components or materials that contain priority chemicals N/A
Concentration of priority chemicals in the product
Total amount of priority chemicals in the product N/A
Name and Address of manufacturer N/A
Name, address and telephone number of the contact person of manufacturer N/A
Information describing the extent to which a child is likely to be exposed to the priority chemical through normal use of the product
The number of units of the children's product sold or distributed in Minnesota or nationally
Any assessment of the use of safer alternatives to the priority chemicals contained in the product
Reporting after intial submission If manufacturer and distributor continue to offer for sale in the State the priority chemical containing product, reporting will be required every 2 years following initial submission.
Prohibition from sale of the products After receiving above information provided by manufacturer or distributor, the Agency will determine whether a child is likely to be exposed to the priority chemicals in normal use of product. Product will be prohibited from sale if the priority chemicals are likely to be exposed to the child. No prohibition
Reporting schedule The reporting schedule is determined according to the annual aggregate gross sale
First reporting deadline July 1, 2018 July 1, 2017
New priority chemicals from the chemicals of high concern The current priority chemicals list will be updated whenever a new priority chemical is identified.

US State California OEHHA Issues the Latest Proposal (March 25, 2016) of California Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On March 25, 2016, The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released a new proposed version of its regulations governing Proposition 65 Warnings. The new proposal amends the previous proposal based on the comments received. A new comment period was opened until April 18, 2016. The comments are received and are available to the public.

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The key changes in the new proposal are summarized below:

  • In addition to manufacturer, producer, packager, importer and distributor, supplier is added for having responsibility to provide consumer product exposure warnings.
  • Wording is added to clarify that:
    • Warning is required for the consumer products sold online.
    • Supplemental information to the warning can only be used to explain the source of the exposure or provide information on how to avoid or reduce exposure to the identified chemical or chemicals. (No substitution of warning is allowed).
    • A description of the exposure source should be included in the content of Environmental Exposure Warnings.

In total 33 comments from different sectors have been received and are now available in the notice.


US State California, OEHHA Issues Supplemental Finding of Emergency Proposing Warning for Exposures to BPA in Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages

On April 19, 2016, The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued the Supplemental Finding of Emergency for Notice proposing a warning for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA) from canned and bottled foods and beverages (See Regulatory Recap: April 2016). The finding further explains the reason for the urgent proposed amendment.

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In the finding, OEHHA reports that the Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for oral exposure to BPA could not be developed due to complex scientific issues in a short time. The development requires at least one to two years and, therefore, it is not foreseeable for the warning to be developed in the normal rulemaking process.

There is evidence showing that more than 60% of canned foods and beverages, supplied in California contain BPA. As a result, in the absent of the proposed temporary regulation, consumers would not have a clear choice between BPA-containing and BPA-free packaging because of the variations in language and interpretation of the warning. To avoid such confusion when the warning requirements of BPA begins, the proposed temporary regulation will establish a unique, standard point-of-sale warning for BPA to the customers.


US State California OEHHA Updates Proposition 65 List

On April 22, 2016 Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued an updated Proposition 65 List adding a new chemical, Styrene (Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Number: 100-42-5).

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The listing of styrene is based on the formal identification by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) that styrene shows a toxicological endpoint of cancer.

Concurrently, the OEHHA also proposed to amend the California Code of Regulations to adopt Proposition 65 No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) of 27 mg/day for styrene. The comments period for the proposed amendment will close on June 6, 2016.


US Recalls Summary

Every year, consumer products with identified hazards are recalled. The recalls are published in the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recent Recalls, which is updated daily. The US recalls from January 1 to April 30, 2016 are summarized below:

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Hazard Frequency
Fire Hazard 26
Fall Hazard 22
Injury Hazard 10
Choking Hazard 9
Electric Shock Hazard 9
Violation of Federal Flammability Standard 7
Burn Hazard 6
Laceration Hazard 6
Other Hazards* 12

* Other hazards include function failure, ingestion hazard, strangulation hazard, violation of lead paint standard, carbon monoxide hazard, explosion hazard, impact hazard, drowning hazard, mold exposure risk and crash hazard with frequency less than 5.

Product Categories Frequency
Electric Appliances 18
Furniture 12
Sport/Fitness Equipment 12
Household Appliances 10
Apparel 8
Toys 6
Tools 5
Decorative Product 5
Other Categories^ 19

^Other categories include consumer chemical, mat, packaging, pet Item, children's product, cooking utensils, footwear, personal protective equipment, child care articles and food and drink containers with frequency less than 5.


Recall Case Summary – US (Last Update Date: April 30, 2016)
Date Product Product Category Hazard(s) Product Image
7-Jan-16 Crawley II Executive Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
7-Jan-16 Children’s Pajamas Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
12-Jan-16 Swingasan® Chairs and Stands Furniture Fall Hazard
12-Jan-16 Rival Brand Griddles Cooking Utensils Electric Shock Hazard
12-Jan-16 Tovin Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
13-Jan-16 Stolen Series BMX Bicycles Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
14-Jan-16 Classroom Select NeoRok Stools Furniture Fall Hazard
14-Jan-16 “Rocky” Model Swivel Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
14-Jan-16 Monogrammed Coffee Mugs Food and Drink Containers Fire Hazard
14-Jan-16 LATTJO Tongue Drums and LATTJO Drumstick Sets Children's Product Choking Hazard
19-Jan-16 Darth Vader and Disneyland 60th Infant Bodysuits Apparel Choking Hazard
19-Jan-16 Saddle Bar and Counter Stools Furniture Fall Hazard
19-Jan-16 Synchronized Music and Lighting System Decorative Product Fire Hazard
20-Jan-16 Cheryl’s Jingle Bell Ornaments with Cookies and Confections Decorative Product Laceration Hazard
21-Jan-16 Britax B-Ready Strollers Child Care Articles Choking Hazard
21-Jan-16 Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems Child Care Articles Fall Hazard
21-Jan-16 Children's Bikes Sport/Fitness Equipment Laceration Hazard
27-Jan-16 Helen GX23 LED Lamps Electric Appliances Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard
27-Jan-16 Charging Stations Electric Appliances Electric Shock Hazard
28-Jan-16 Stainless Steel Cookware Cooking Utensils Injury Hazard
28-Jan-16 AquaRug Shower Rugs Mat Fall Hazard
28-Jan-16 100-Watt Bendable Solar Panels Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
28-Jan-16 Glass Food Storage Cubes Food and Drink Containers Injury Hazard
28-Jan-16 Longfellow Light Fixtures Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
2-Feb-16 AC Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Electric Appliances Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard
2-Feb-16 Dirt Devil Pet Vacuums Electric Appliances Electric Shock Hazard
2-Feb-16 Galileo Luna and Sol Dive Computers Electric Appliances Injury Hazard
3-Feb-16 Rockwood Multi-Function Power Packs Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
4-Feb-16 KUL Fan Heaters Household Appliances Fire Hazard
4-Feb-16 Toy Trucks Toys Fire Hazard, Burn hazard
4-Feb-16 Wedgwood Peter Rabbit Decorative Baby Rattles Decorative Product Choking Hazard
4-Feb-16 Ski and Snowboard Helmets Personal Protective Equipment Injury Hazard
4-Feb-16 Monkey Glockenspiel Toys Violation of Lead Paint Standard
9-Feb-16 Ceiling Lamps Electric Appliances Laceration Hazard
9-Feb-16 Infant Elf Booties Footwear Choking Hazard
10-Feb-16 Capella Island Swivel Dining Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
11-Feb-16 High Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
12-Feb-16 Propane (LP) Gas Consumer Chemical Fire Hazard, Burn hazard
17-Feb-16 Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps (PTAC) and Room Air Conditioners (RAC) Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
17-Feb-16 Ashland® Holiday Paper boxes Packaging Mold Exposure Risk
17-Feb-16 Ashland Poinsettia Stems and Bushes Decorative Product Mold Exposure Risk
18-Feb-16 AC Adapter Kits and Plug Adapters Electric Appliances Electric Shock Hazard
18-Feb-16 Snowboard Boots with Boa Secondary Reels Footwear Fall Hazard
18-Feb-16 Bring Your Adventure Sports (BYA) Skyline Zipline Kits Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
18-Feb-16 Girls’ Crewcuts Puffer Coats Apparel Choking Hazard
18-Feb-16 Office Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
18-Feb-16 Bicycle Forks Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
24-Feb-16 Smartstove Freestanding Pellet Stoves Household Appliances Laceration Hazard
25-Feb-16 Gas Boilers Household Appliances Fire Hazard, Carbon Monoxide Hazard
1-Mar-16 Ambient Weather Radios Household Appliances Fire Hazard
1-Mar-16 Top Fin™ Power Filters for Aquariums Pet Item Electric Shock Hazard
2-Mar-16 “Love Today” Ceramic Coffee Mugs Food and Drink Containers Fire Hazard
3-Mar-16 Pelican Flashlights and Replacement Battery Packs Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
8-Mar-16 Wall Plates Decorative Product Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard
9-Mar-16 Golda Wall Clocks Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
10-Mar-16 Williamson-Thermoflo Furnaces and Boilers equipped with Carlin Oil Burners Household Appliances Fire Hazard
10-Mar-16 Safety Pool Covers Sport/Fitness Equipment Drowning Hazard
11-Mar-16 Doyle Arm Chairs and Side Chairs Furniture Laceration Hazard
15-Mar-16 Gas Station Hose/Swivel fitting Sets Household Appliances Fire Hazard, Explosion Hazard
16-Mar-16 Zipp® Bicycle Quick Releases Sport/Fitness Equipment Injury Hazard, Crash Hazard
16-Mar-16 Zipp 88 Aluminum Front Hubs Sport/Fitness Equipment Injury Hazard, Crash Hazard
16-Mar-16 High-Intensity LED Lamps Household Appliances Impact Hazard
18-Mar-16 Gothem Floor and Table Lamps Household Appliances Electric Shock Hazard
18-Mar-16 CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels Sport/Fitness Equipment Injury Hazard
21-Mar-16 Lithium-Ion Computer Battery Packs Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
25-Mar-16 Specialized Bicycle Headlights and Taillights Sport/Fitness Equipment Fire Hazard, Burn hazard
28-Mar-16 Fiskars® 32-Inch Bypass Lopper Shears Tools Laceration Hazard
30-Mar-16 Black Diamond Carabiners for Climbing Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
30-Mar-16 Panasonic Battery Packs used in Toshiba Laptop Computers Electric Appliances Fire Hazard, Burn hazard
30-Mar-16 Nylon Runners Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
31-Mar-16 Children’s Footed Pajamas Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
31-Mar-16 Busy Loops Table Top Toys Toys Choking Hazard
31-Mar-16 Gamewell-FCI fire Alarm Panels (ILI-MB-E3 and ILI-S-E3) Tools Function Failure
31-Mar-16 Havana Side Chairs and Armless Bar Stools Furniture Fall Hazard
31-Mar-16 KUL Fan Heaters Household Appliances Fire Hazard
5-Apr-16 Children’s Loungewear Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
5-Apr-16 Givenchy Men’s Silk T-shirts Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
6-Apr-16 Ivanka Trump Scarves Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
6-Apr-16 Mattresses Furniture Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
7-Apr-16 Plastic Trapeze Rings Children's Product Fall Hazard
7-Apr-16 GolfBuddy Golf GPS Bands Electric Appliances Burn Hazard
7-Apr-16 Children’s LATTJO Bat Cape Costumes Toys Strangulation Hazard
12-Apr-16 Coleman® CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
13-Apr-16 Rollerblade Inline Skating Helmets Personal Protective Equipment Injury Hazard
14-Apr-16 Cradle ‘n Swings Child Care Articles Fall Hazard
14-Apr-16 Outdoor Gourmet® Marinade Injectors Tools Ingestion Hazard
14-Apr-16 “Back in Motion” Office Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
15-Apr-16 Moogy Plush Toys Toys Choking Hazard
19-Apr-16 Rechargeable Battery Packs Electric Appliances Fire Hazard
19-Apr-16 Wooden Toy Blocks and Giraffes Toys Choking Hazard
20-Apr-16 Drywall Lifts Tools Injury Hazard
21-Apr-16 Women’s Scarves Apparel Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
26-Apr-16 Snap-on Ratcheting Tie Downs Tools Injury Hazard
26-Apr-16 Ryobi Brushless Snow Blowers Household Appliances Fire Hazard, Burn Hazard
26-Apr-16 Tern Folding Bicycles Sport/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard

Canada Recalls Summary

Every year, consumer products with identified hazards are recalled. The recalls are published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Health Canada Website, which is updated daily. The Canada recalls from January 1 to April 30, 2016 are summarized below:

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Hazard Frequency
Fall Hazard 20
Fire Hazard 16
Choking Hazard 11
Electric Shock Hazard 7
Injury Hazard 6
Burn Hazard 6
Other Hazards* 23

* Other hazards include physical hazard, laceration hazard, violation to electrical certification, violation of CSA stanbdard, carbon monoxide hazard, impact hazard, violation of flammability requirements, violation of packaging and labeling requirements, strangulation hazard, cCemical hazard and microbial hazard with frequency less than 5.

Product Categories Frequency
Electronics 15
Household Appliances 9
Furniture 8
Sports/Fitness Equipment 8
Toys 8
Other Categories^ 28

^other categories include food and drink containers, packaging, personal protective equipment, pet item, tools, wipes, consumer chemicals, child care articles, children's products, cooking utensils, cosmetics, decorative products, apparel and footwear with frequency less than 5.

Recall Case Summary – Canada (Last Update Date: April 30, 2016)
Date Product Product CategoriesCategory Hazard(s) Product Image
11-Jan-16 Mirari Wee Keys® Toys Choking Hazard
11-Jan-16 Hampton Bay 1 3/8" Venetian Blind in 24" x 48" size Household Appliances Strangulation Hazard
12-Jan-16 Limoss Lithium Ion Battery Power Packs Electronics Fire Hazard
12-Jan-16 Boulder Ridge Dining Room Table Furniture Physical Hazard
12-Jan-16 Swingasan® Chair and Stand Furniture Fall Hazard
14-Jan-16 Classroom Select NeoRok Stools Furniture Fall Hazard
14-Jan-16 LATTJO Drum Sticks Children's Products Choking Hazard
14-Jan-16 Home Accents Holiday 3-Pack Candy Cane Light Stakes Set Decorative Products Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard
19-Jan-16 The Last Glue® Cosmetics Violation of Packaging and Labeling Requirements
19-Jan-16 Saddle Counter Stools Furniture Fall Hazard
21-Jan-16 Certain B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems Child Care Articles Fall Hazard
21-Jan-16 Britax B-Ready Stroller and Britax B-Ready Top Seat Child Care Articles Choking Hazard
21-Jan-16 Chillafish BMXie, Chillafish Jack and Chillafish Josie Bbalance Bikes Sports/Fitness Equipment Laceration Hazard
27-Jan-16 Lunera GX23 LED Lamp Electronics Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Burn Hazard
27-Jan-16 Hammerite® Rust Cap® Hammered Enamel Finish Consumer Chemicals Violation of Packaging and Labeling Requirements
28-Jan-16 Bean Bag Chair by Ace Bayou Corporation Furniture Choking Hazard
28-Jan-16 Green Ssprouts® Glass Food Cubes Food and Drink Containers Injury Hazard
28-Jan-16 AquaRug Shower Rugs Furniture Fall Hazard
28-Jan-16 100W Monocrystalline Bendable Solar Panel Electronics Fire Hazard
2-Feb-16 Smart Balance Wheel Toys Violation to Electrical Certification
2-Feb-16 AC Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Electronics Fire Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard
2-Feb-16 Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright Vacuum Electronics Electric Shock Hazard
3-Feb-16 Certain Serena® and Sivoia QS Triathlon® Roller Shades Household Appliances Fall Hazard
3-Feb-16 Tan Leather 8-inch OxGear Safety Work Boots, model number 66000 Footwear Violation of CSA Standard
4-Feb-16 Nexgrill Barbecue Grill, Model #720-0830D (Costco Canada SKU #520178) Cooking Utensils Fire Hazard
4-Feb-16 Wedgwood Peter Rabbit Keepsake Baby Rattle Decorative Products Choking Hazard
4-Feb-16 KUL Fan Heaters Household Appliances Fire Hazard
4-Feb-16 HEAD Ski and Snowboard Helmets Personal Protective Equipment Fall Hazard
9-Feb-16 IKEA HYBY and LOCK Ceiling Lamps Household Appliances Injury Hazard
10-Feb-16 Nuna Zaaz High Chairs Child Care Articles Fall Hazard
10-Feb-16 Capella Island Swivel Dining Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
17-Feb-16 2015 Ashland® Poinsettia Stems and Bushes Decorative Products Microbial Hazard
17-Feb-16 Ashland® Holiday Paper Boxes Packaging Microbial Hazard
18-Feb-16 M3v2 Secondary Reel Dials on Snowboard Boots Apparel Fall Hazard
18-Feb-16 Crewcuts Girls Puffer Coats Apparel Choking Hazard
18-Feb-16 Rocky Model Swivel Chairs Furniture Fall Hazard
18-Feb-16 AC Wall Plug Adapters included in Apple World Travel Adapter Kit Electronics Electric Shock Hazard
18-Feb-16 BYA Sports Skyline Backyard Zipline Kits Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
25-Feb-16 Tena Ultra Washcloths, Tena Ultra Flush Washcloths, Tena Ultra Adult Wipes Wipes Microbial Hazard
25-Feb-16 Viessmann Vitodens 200-W Boiler models B2HB-45 and B2HB-57 Household Appliances Fire Hazard, Carbon Monoxide Hazard
26-Feb-16 Splash! and PAL Hi/Lo Pool Lifts Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
26-Feb-16 WHAM-O Super Elastic Bubble Plastic Balloon Blowing kit Toys Chemical Hazard
29-Feb-16 Kannad Safelink Marine EPIRB Household Appliances Impact Hazard
1-Mar-16 Top FinTM Power Filters for Aquariums Pet Item Electric Shock Hazard
1-Mar-16 Dollarama Wooden Easy-Grab Puzzles Toys Choking Hazard
3-Mar-16 Pelican 9410L Flashlight and 9419 Replacement Battery Packs Electronics Strangulation Hazard
3-Mar-16 Evinrude ICON and ICON II Binnacle Mount Remote Controls Electronics Injury Hazard
4-Mar-16 L'Oreal Ideal Moisture Dry and Sensitive Day Cream Cosmetics Chemical Hazard
4-Mar-16 Marcelle Instant Eye Makeup Remover Pads manufactured by Groupe Marcelle Inc. Cosmetics Microbial Hazard
11-Mar-16 Green Tones Monkey Glockenspiel Toys Chemical Hazard
15-Mar-16 Frying Pans from the Martha Stewart Collection™ 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set Cooking Utensils Fire Hazard
16-Mar-16 ZIPP 88v6, 88v7 and 88v8 Front Bicycle Wheel Hubs Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
17-Mar-16 IKEA GOTHEM Floor and Table Lamps Household Appliances Electric Shock Hazard
17-Mar-16 Baby Boy Sailor Dog Sleep and Play Layette (Style #2056000) and Baby Girl Bunny Print Sleep and Play Layette (Style #2058039) Apparel Violation of Flammability Requirements
21-Mar-16 Toughbook CF-S10 Series Notebook Computer Battery Pack Electronics Fire Hazard
21-Mar-16 WoodPal Organic Transparent Stain Consumer Chemicals Violation of Packaging and Labeling Requirements
24-Mar-16 Power Bank PowerStation Deluxe Electronics Burn Hazard, Fall Hazard
30-Mar-16 Panasonic Lithium Ion Battery Packs used in Toshiba Laptop Computers Electronics Burn Hazard, Fall Hazard
31-Mar-16 Manhattan Toy Busy Loops Table Top Toy Toys Choking Hazard
31-Mar-16 Black Diamond Brand Nylon Runners Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
1-Apr-16 Black Diamond Brand Carabiners Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
5-Apr-16 Ambient Weather Radios Electronics Fire Hazard
6-Apr-16 IKEA LATTJO Bat Cape Toys Strangulation Hazard, Injury Hazard
6-Apr-16 Aluminum Espresso Coffee Maker (6 Cup) Cooking Utensils Burn Hazard
7-Apr-16 Yellow Plastic Trapeze Rings Children's Products Fall Hazard
8-Apr-16 Heimess Brand Pacifier Holders Child Care Articles Choking Hazard
12-Apr-16 Panasonic Lithium Ion Battery Packs in VAIO E Series Personal Computers Electronics Fire Hazard
12-Apr-16 Coleman® CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlight Household Appliances Fire Hazard
15-Apr-16 Moogy Fastening Toy Toys Choking Hazard
19-Apr-16 Rechargable Brunton Impel and Brunton Impel 2 Battery Packs Electronics Fire Hazard, Burn Hazard
20-Apr-16 Drywall Lift Tools Injury Hazard
20-Apr-16 RacerMate CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels Sports/Fitness Equipment Injury Hazard
22-Apr-16 ZIPP Bicycle Quick Release Sports/Fitness Equipment Fall Hazard
26-Apr-16 RYOBI® 40-Volt Brushless Snow Blower Household Appliances Burn Hazard, Fire Hazard
28-Apr-16 Munchkin Latch Lightweight Pacifier & Clip Sets Children's Products Choking Hazard
2-May-16 Casablanca Ceiling Fans Household Appliances Injury Hazard
3-May-16 MSR StrikerTM 320 Probe, MSR StrikerTM 240 Probe Sports/Fitness Equipment Injury Hazard
4-May-16 Specialized Flux and Stix Headlights and Taillights Sports/Fitness Equipment Burn Hazard, Fire Hazard

ASIA NEWS

China AQSIQ Launched 2016 Supervision and Inspection Plan of Imported and Exported Commodities

On April 15, 2016, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) issued Notice 38/2016 to announce the 2016 supervision and inspection plan on imported and exported goods.

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To strengthen import and export quality control, the AQSIQ decided to implement a supervision and inspection plan from April to October 2016. Products that are not subject to a compulsory inspection and quarantine process will be inspected. The target products and inspection standards are summarized below:

Products Import/ Export Inspection Standards
Self-balancing scooter Export USA
UL2271 UN38.3
UL2272
UL60950

Europe IEC62133+UN38.3
IEC60950
Air purifier Import GB 4706.1-2005 GB 4706.45-2008 GB/T 18801-2015
Electronic toilet Import GB 4706.1-200 GB 4706.53-2008
Automobile brake linings Import GB 5763-2008
Moisture absorbing and speed dry clothing Import GB/T 21655.1-2008 GB/T 21655.2-2009
UV resistant clothing Import GB/T 18830-2009
Antibacterial clothing Import GB/T 20944.1-2007 GB/T 20944.2-2007 GB/T 20944.3-2007
Waterproof clothing Import GB/T 4745-2012 GB/T 4744-2013
Children’s footwear Import GB 30585-2014
Heat insulating cup (except glass interior) Import GB 9684-2011
Sanitary wipes Import GB 15979-2002
Condom Import GB 7544-2009
Wallpaper Import GB 18585-2001
Steel wire rope Export GB 8903-2005 GB 26722-2011 GB 8918-2006
Tire Export GB 9743-2015 GB 9744-2015 GB 518-2007

China National Standard for Foods, Food Additives and Food Contact Materials Entered into Force

On October 23, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) issued Notice 07/2015 to announce eight new national food safety standards. These standards entered into force on March 21, 2016.

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The eight new standards provide testing methods for foods, food additives and food contact materials. The standards are listed below:

  1. GB 5009.11-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Total Arsenic and Inorganic Arsenic in Foods
  2. GB 5009.17-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Total Mercury and Organic Mercury in Foods 
  3. GB 5009.74-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Method for Limit Test of Heavy Metals in Food Additives
  4. GB 5009.75-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Lead in Food Additives
  5. GB 5009.76-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Arsenic in Food Additives
  6. GB 5009.88-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Dietary Fiber in Foods
  7. GB 5009.211-2014 National Food Safety Standard - Determination of Folic Acid in Foods
  8. GB 31603-2015 National Food Safety Standard - General Hygiene Practices for Production of Food Contact Materials and Products

China NHFPC Issues National Standard for Foods, Foods Additives, Food Contact Materials and Nipples

On October 23, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) issued Notice 08/2015 to announce national food safety standards publication and updates. These standards will be effective on September 22, 2016.

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There are a total of 127 standards that provide requirements and applicable standards of testing methods for foods, food additives, food contact materials and nipples. The issued and updated standards are listed below:

  1. GB 1886-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Food Additives (Part 1 to Part 168)
  2. GB 2713-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Starch Products
  3. GB 2714-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Pickles
  4. GB 2720-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Monosodium Glutamate
  5. GB 2721-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Salt
  6. GB 2730-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Cured Meat
  7. GB 4806.2-2015 National Food Safety Standard - Nipples
  8. GB 7099-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Cakes, Bread
  9. GB 7100-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Biscuits
  10. GB 14930.1-2015 National Food Safety Standard - Detergents
  11. GB 14967-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Collagen Casings
  12. GB 17400-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Instant Noodles
  13. GB 30604-2015 National Food Safety Standard – Fortified Food
  14. GB 31604.1-2015 National Food Safety Standard – General Rules for Migration Test of Food Contact Materials and Articles
  15. GB 28307-2012 National Food Safety Standard – Food Additives Maltitol and Maltitol Liquid (Updates)
  16. GB 29948-2013 National Food Safety Standard – Food Additives Sodium Polyacrylate (Updates)

China MIIT Issues Updated Product Standard List for Different Industries Including Textile and Light Industry

On April 20, 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) issued Notice 17/2016 to publish an updated product standard list for different industries including textile and light industry. There are total 587 standards included on the list.

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The effective dates for the updated standards are in two phases. The first phase will be effective July 01, 2016 and the second on September 01, 2016. All of the product standards for textile and light industry will be implemented in the first phase.

The standards are listed according to industry:

Industry Number of Standard on List
Machinery Industry 156
Automotive Industry 35
Shipbuilding Industry 33
Pharmaceutical Equipment Industry 16
Chemical Industry 45
Metallurgical Industry 35
Non-ferrous Metals Industry 24
Light Industry 26
Textile Industry 49
Electronic Industry 72
Telecommunication Industry 96

(Please See the List)


MIDDLE EAST NEWS

Saudi Arabia Standard SASO 2870/2015 Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products, Part 1 Enters into Force

On June 23, 2015, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) issued standard SASO 2870/2015 Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products, Part 1. The first stage of this standard entered into force May 1, 2016 and addresses indirect and direct lamps with wattage greater than or equal to 60W.

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The standard covers testing requirement for indirect and direct lamps. The scope of the standard excludes luminaires and control gear.

The regulatory parameters are summarized below:

  1. Safety
  2. Electromagnetic Compatibility
  3. Performance
  4. Functionality Requirements
  5. Marking Requirements
  6. Energy Efficiency Requirements
  7. Hazardous Chemicals Requirements

The second stage of the standard enters into force May 1, 2017 and addresses all indirect and direct lamps below 60W.



This summary is not intended to be exhaustive nor should it be construed as legal advice.

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