On March 27, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers in consumer products. The final rule contains the following prohibitions and requirements.View Story Read More
The final rule will become effective on May 28, 2019.
On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice to request public comment on changing 16 CFR 1610, the standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles.View Story Read More
According to the notice, the CPSC requested information and data to help them to determine the possibility to exempt spandex from the textile flammability requirement by adding spandex to the list of exempt fabrics. In addition, the CPSC is seeking public comment for the following areas:
The notice is under a comment period through June 24, 2019.
On April 3, 2019, technical staff of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) developed consensus recommendations to improve test methods for ensuring the safety of alternating current (AC) chargers and universal serial bus (USB) chargers.View Story Read More
According to the notice issued by the CPSC, the three product safety agencies recommended new testing to assess the potential for fire and burn hazards caused by AC-powered chargers for small electronic devices. The strategy was to seek consensus approaches to consumer product hazards not yet being addressed through formal regulatory or standards work.
The trilateral team examined incident data and analyzed existing voluntary standards before proposing new testing procedures and requesting standards developers to add the tests to their current standards. Some examples of their recommendations are below.
On March 22, 2019, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a proposal to include perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in the list of priority chemicals under the state’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law.View Story Read More
If approved, manufacturers of children’s products, including but not limited to toys, textiles, furniture and food contact articles containing intentionally added PFOS are required to report the following information to the DEP.
Currently, the priority chemicals already regulated under Maine’s Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products Rule are:
The proposal was under a comment period through May 6, 2019.
On March 27, 2019, the US State of California amended State Bill AB 495 proposing a prohibition of certain chemicals for use in cosmetics.View Story Read More
The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law prohibits the manufacture, sale, delivery, holding, or offer for sale of adulterated cosmetics. This bill intends to expand the scope of the law by proposing that cosmetics containing asbestos, lead, or any of the following intentionally added ingredients are considered adulterated and therefore may not be offered for sale.
The Bill is currently in Committee and will require a majority vote to become a law.
On March 4, 2019, the New York State Assembly issued Bill A06296, which proposes a new rule to require manufacturers of children’s products to report the presence of dangerous chemicals and chemicals of concern at practical quantification limits (PQLs).View Story Read More
The Bill proposes an amendment to the state’s Environmental Conservation Law titled “Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products”. It includes the following key changes:
If approved, the new requirements will come into force on March 1, 2020.
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 June 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Toys and Childcare Articles
|Sporting Goods / Equipment
|Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.)
|Tools and Hardware
|Homeware (Non-food Contact)
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On April 10, 2019, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published a new version of toy standard EN 71-3:2019: migration of certain elements. The Members of the CEN have to adopt the new standard and publish their own national version no later than October 31, 2019.View Story Read More
The major technical changes in the new version of the toy standard are summarized below.
In addition, new annexes have been introduced and revisions made to several of the existing annexes.
On March 11, 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China published Notice No. 10 of 2019 to announce the prohibition of the production, sale, use, import and export to China of certain POP chemicals.View Story Read More
POP chemicals subject to the new rule are the following:
Exemption of prohibition is granted for the following applications.
PFOS and its salts and PFOS-F used in etching agents, firefighting foams, metal plating, medical devices, semiconductor devices and photographic imaging.
The amendment came into force on March 26, 2019.
On March 29, 2019, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) of Hong Kong announced an update to the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424) in order to incorporate the latest versions of international safety standards.View Story Read More
Safety standards for toys and children's products listed in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the Ordinance are intended to be updated as below.
|Safety of toys - Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
|ISO 8124-4:2014 (incorporating Amendment 1:2017)
|Safety of toys - Part 4: Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use
|BS EN 71-3:2013 + A3:2018
|Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements
|BS EN 71-7:2014 + A2:2018
|Safety of toys - Part 7: Finger paints - Requirements and test methods
|BS EN 71-8:2018
|Safety of toys - Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use
|BS EN 71-14:2014 + A1:2017
|Safety of toys - Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use
|Standard consumer safety specification for expansion gates and expandable enclosures
|BS EN 716-1:2017
|Furniture - Children’s cots and folding cots for domestic use - Part 1: Safety requirements
|BS EN 716-2:2017
|Furniture - Children’s cots and folding cots for domestic use - Part 2: Test methods
|BS EN 14988:2017
|Children's high chairs: Requirements and test methods
|Standard consumer safety specification for high chairs
|BS EN 71-3:2013 + A3:2018
|Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements
|Standard consumer safety specification for non-full-size baby cribs/play yards
The new version of the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance will come into force on October 1, 2019.
Saudi Standard, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced the latest additions of technical regulations (TR) to be implemented on SABER.View Story Read More
The following technical regulations will be implemented on SABER. Products falling under this scope will have to be registered through SABER for importing into Saudi Arabia.
With the addition of these technical regulations, there will be a total of 9 TRs being implemented on SABER by June. Please refer to the December regulatory recap for details on the SABER system. (See Regulatory Recap: December 2018)
The new rule will come into force on June 1, 2019
Saudi Standard, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced that the Saudi Quality Mark will be required for certain ceramic ware entering the Saudi Arabia market.View Story Read More
Ceramic ware falling under the scope of Technical Regulations for Building Materials - Part IV - Bricks, Tiles, Ceramics, Sanitary Ware and Related Products will be required to bear the Saudi Quality Mark for entering Saudi Arabia.
New rule will come into force on September 13, 2019
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