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The European Commission's 2016 RAPEX Annual Report details 244 notifications concerning unsafe products being sold online. The report also notes stabilization in the number of notifications and an increase in member state reactions.
With increasing international acknowledgement of the toxic threat posed by microplastics and microfibers, SGS has developed a new service to analyze the release of microfibers from synthetic garments during domestic laundering.
Several California Prop 65 settlements have been reached involving the use of phthalates in a wide variety of products. These agreements call for reformulation or the use of a Prop 65 warning. In two cases, an unlisted phthalate - DIBP - is included in the settlement agreement.
Several Prop 65 settlements have been concluded in California relating to the use of DINP in a variety of consumer products. The settlements ask for reformulation or, in some cases, the use of a Prop 65 warning may be accepted.
Several US states have introduced bills in 2017 to restrict the use of flame retardants in a wide range of consumer products. Possible effective dates for the new regulations, if adopted, begin on January 1, 2018.
The AAFA has released the eighteenth edition of its Restricted Substances List, reflecting the latest global regulatory changes affecting chemicals and compounds used in the textile, footwear and sewn product industries.
The Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has drafted a new national technical regulation on azo dye and formaldehyde content in textile products. Textile products must meet these standards before they can be sold in Vietnam.
France has announced its intention to adopt two proposals relating to labeling requirements for formaldehyde emission standards in furniture. If approved, the proposals will begin implementation on January 1, 2020.
The Furniture Retail Quality Group, working in conjunction with the Furniture Industry Research Association, has issued four revised standards for children's furniture. The new standards came into effect on January 27, 2017.
The EU has published draft guidance on the restriction of PAHs under Annex XVII of REACH. This follows an expansion of the scope of restrictions in December 2015. Stakeholders have until April 19, 2017, to make representation to the ECHA.
France extends its temporary restrictions on formamide in toy puzzle mats until May 23, 2017. From May 24, 2017, the restrictions will effectively fall under the scope of an amendment to the EU Toy Safety Directive.
CEN has published a new standard, EN 12868:2017, for the release of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances from elastomer or rubber teats and soothers. The 2017 version contains several important changes to the previous 1999 version.
The US CPSC has accepted ASTM F963-16 as the mandatory toy safety standard. Unless significant adverse comments are received by the CPSC before March 6, 2017, it will become effective on April 30, 2017.
Switzerland has strengthened its regulations regarding food contact materials and articles (FMCs) by establishing special requirements for ten groups of FCM as part of the nation's new 'Food Law 2017'.
Argentina has announced the introduction of a Product Composition Sworn Declaration (DJCP) for Textiles and Footwear. The DJCP along with a laboratory test report will be compulsory 180 days after the resolution becomes effective.
Health Canada has begun a consultation period relating to proposed changes to the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations. The consultation process will run from December 3, 2016 to February 15, 2017.
Several Californian Prop 65 settlements have been reached relating to the use of phthalates in certain consumer products. The settlements call for either reformulation or the inclusion of a Prop 65 warning.
California has concluded several Prop 65 settlements involving inclusion of DEHP in consumer products. The agreements require the reformulation of DEHP to levels equal or below 0.1% and, in some cases, a Prop 65 warning will be allowed.
The US state of Maine has issued a proposal to include two flame retardants in its list of Priority Chemicals. If accepted their presence in certain children's products will require reporting to the DEP.
The US State of Washington has published proposals to amend the reporting rule and list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC). The final proposed language is expected in January, and an additional public comment period will follow.
The US CPSC has issued a draft notice of proposed rulemaking for baby changing products. If the proposal is adopted, it will amend 16 CFR part 1112 to include 16 CFR part 1236 in the list of notice of requirements.
The European Chemical Agency has instigated a public consultation on six potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), including Bisphenol A. Interested parties have until October 21, 2016, to submit comments.
US CPSC has issued an NPR for the exemption of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) from third party testing for regulated phthalates content.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China has implemented a new Industrial Standard, QB/T 1002-2015, for leather shoes. The new standard was implemented on March 1, 2016.
San Francisco recently became the first US city to set a comprehensive ban on the use of polystyrene foam in consumer products. The Californian city has also set mandatory standards for compostable and biodegradable plastics.
Updating toy safety standards, on June 30, 2016 Joint Standard Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee CS-018, published AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 and AS/NZS 8124.2:2016. These replace AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009 respectively.