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The EU has published draft guidance on the restriction of PAHs under Annex XVII of REACH.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.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a guidance document to help economic operators and regulatory bodies better interpret the scope of entry 63 of REACH Annex XVII - a regulation to restrict lead in articles for the general public that can be mouthed by children.
The US State of Utah has modified the "Bedding, Upholstered Furniture and Quilted Clothing Inspection Act". The modification came into effect on May 10, 2016 and companies should now ensure they are compliant with updated terms of the law.
On May 19, 2016, the US State of Massachusetts' Senate passed a bill to restrict flame-retardants in children's products, bedding, carpeting and window treatments. If the bill is eventually signed into law, it will become effective on January 1, 2017.
Mexico is proposing the introduction of a new national standard to encompass formaldehyde emissions and content in composite woods. Companies are advised to seek assistance in making sure their products remain compliant.
The European Commission has replaced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC with Regulation 425/2016/EU. This requires companies working in this sector to be aware of a number of key changes to the regulations relating to PPE.