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Press Releases from SGS (479 total)

SGS Approved as Authorized Test Lab for the new CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certifica …

SGS has received approval from CTIA to provide laboratory testing services for its new IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program. This recognition makes it one of the first accredited testing laboratories in the world to offer this new service. SGS’s Authorized Test Laboratory will assist stakeholders in determining whether their cellular-connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices meet the requirements and standards detailed under the new CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certification test plan. SGS worked

ACCC Warns Parents About Dangers of Children’s Convertible Tricycles

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a press release warning parents and people looking after children to refrain from using convertible tricycles for transportation. In addition, the ACCC has written to suppliers of these types of tricycle informing them of their decision. The decision is based upon the acknowledgement that, although the convertible has some of the features of a stroller, they do not have the mandatory safety

Ukraine Amends Annexes 3 and 4 of its RoHS-like Regulations

Ukraine has amended Annexes 3 and 4 of their Technical Regulations relating to the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The amendments relate to the application scope and expiry dates of the corresponding ‘exemption’ lists. These include: • In the column "Field and term of application" in Annex 3: o Item 1(a) after the words and numbers "from July 1, 2018" to be supplemented with the words "and until the

US City of San Francisco Bans PFAS Chemicals in Single Use Food Service Ware

The mayor of San Francisco in the US state of California has approved measures to prohibit the use of PFAS chemicals in single-use food service ware. Signed on August 10, 2018, the new law, issued as Ordinance 201-18, amends Chapter 16 of San Francisco’s Environmental Code on Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance. PFAS chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), help to repel water and grease

Thailand Introduces Mandatory Labeling for Liquid-Containing Mobile Phone and Ta …

Thailand has introduced legislation to mandate the use of a warning label on mobile phone and tablet cases that contain liquid chemicals. The new rules were published on June 8 and came into effect on July 7, 2018. The new regulation, published in the Government Gazette as ‘Announcement of the Committee on Labeling No. 41 (B.E. 2561 (2018)) Notifying Mobile Phone and Tablet Covered Accessories (Cases) which Contained Liquid Chemicals Will

SGS Helps Seat Importers Understand Spanish Authorities and Regulations

SOIVRE (Servicio Oficial de Inspección, Vigilancia y Regulación de las Exportaciones) is responsible for ensuring products are safe and compliant with Spanish and European regulations. Seating importers need to make sure their products comply with the right standards to successfully gain access to the market. SOIVRE was created by Royal Decree 330/2008 and reports to Agencia Española de Consumo, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AECOSAN), the primary contact point for RAPEX in

Study Shows BBQ Enameled Grills Are Releasing Unsafe Levels of Heavy Metals into …

The German Federal Agency of Risk Assessment (BfR) has published the results of its investigation into the release of heavy metals into food during preparation on enameled cooking grates. Published on July 26, 2018, Opinion 024/2018 showed that several products released unsafe amounts of nickel and arsenic. The enamel layer is often added to grates made from steel or cast iron in order to protect against corrosion. The enamel is a

SGS Reminds Brands and Retailers that Shandong Province, China, has Updated its …

The Chinese province of Shandong issued “The Responsibility Regulation of Fire Safety Implementation in Shandong Province” on February 2, 2018, updating and strengthening the previous regulations in several ways. The new regulations are stricter than previous requirements, and include changes such as: • Addition of nine articles about the responsibility of the unit • Clear requirements that the unit must prepare a firefighting and emergency evacuation plan • Organization of at least two fire-drills annually,

Europe’s Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Reminds Manufacturers to Stay Current wi …

Annually Europe is experiencing a rise in cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to the use of cucumbers in ready-to-eat foods. Without a clear source of contamination, SGS is reminding manufacturers of the importance of quality assurance and staying informed about food compliance to help ensure their products are safe to consume. In recent years, Europe has experienced several cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to the use of cucumbers in ready-to-eat meals.

SGS Helps Manufacturers and Retailers React to the Problem of Microfibers

The full impact of natural water supplies contaminated with plastic is becoming clear. It is common to read stories about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of plastic debris – but what is less well known is the damage being done by small, practically invisible plastic particulates, known as microfibers. Things are changing, and this almost hidden problem is beginning to regularly appear in the news. As

Manufacturers Reminded of Ontario’s New Provincial Strategy for Resource Recov …

The Canadian Province of Ontario is introducing a strategy for resource recovery and waste reduction based on the Waste-Free Ontario Act of 2016. This piece of legislation enacted the: • Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (2016) (RRCEA) • Waste Diversion Transition Act (2016), The RRCEA is a piece of legislation that promotes a circular economy, making it one of the first in North America. It promotes: • Resource recovery • Reduction in landfill waste The intention of the

SGS to Attend Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 in Los Angeles

SGS will be exhibiting at this year’s Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) in Los Angeles, September 12-14, 2018. SGS experts can be found at Booth 3051 in the South Hall of the exhibition, offering the latest information and guidance on end-to-end testing and certification services for the entire wireless ecosystem. Attendees will be able to learn about SGS’s comprehensive range of services, including capabilities for device manufacturers (ODMs and OEMs),

Transition Period to US FCC Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Authorization …

Responsible parties, either the manufacturer or importer of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), should be aware that the transition period for replacing VoC and DoC with the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) will end on November 2, 2018. Currently a one-year period of transition is in place but after this date the new rules will require: • Equipment without a radio transmitter but containing digital circuitry – for example, computer peripherals, microwave
07-31-2018 | Energy & Environment

SGS Recognized as Certification Body for Aquaculture Stewardship Council

SGS has received accreditation as a Certification Body for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). It can now offer independent assessment against standards for seaweed and twelve species of farmed seafood. Rising populations and an increasing dependence on seafood mean concerns are being raised over the social and environmental impact of aquacultural practices. In the last fifty years demand for seafood has doubled and, with the global population expected to reach nine

The Impact of Modern Media on the Use of Chemicals in Consumer Products

The media voice is no longer restricted to newspapers, magazines and television. Modern media is the place of bloggers, activists, social media and independent outlets and it allows stories to permeate places where previously they may have failed to reach. This can have a profound effect on the decisions being taken by brands, retailers and authorities. The ‘chemical world’ has always been the preserve of the specialist, and this has

SGS Issues White Paper to Help Manufacturers with US Formaldehyde in Composite W …

SGS has published a white paper, entitled “Understanding the US Formaldehyde Requirements to Market Compliant Composite Wood Products”, to help manufacturers and importers of composite wood products understand US regulations. Formaldehyde is classified as ‘carcinogenic to humans’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Exposure can result in a variety of effects, including itching and stinging to the eyes, respiratory problems, skin dermatitis, nausea and headaches. stems from

Canada Makes Four Amendments and Adds One Substance to Cosmetic Ingredient Hotli …

Health Canada updated its Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist in June 2018 by amending four entries and adding one new substance. The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist was last updated in 2015. It is a list of all substances that are restricted or prohibited for use in cosmetics in Canada. The latest update follows an amendment proposed and published in 2017. Changes to the Hotlist are: • Methylisothiazolinone (MI): o Not permitted in leave-on products o 0.0015% in rinse-off products (If MI

ECHA Adds Ten Substances to SVHC Candidate List Under REACH

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced the inclusion of ten new substances to its Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Issued on June 27, 2018, the new substances are: • Benzo[ghi]perylene • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) • Terphenyl, hydrogenated • Ethylenediamine • Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2-anhydride (TMA) • Lead • Disodium octaborate • Dicyclohexyl phthalate Benzo[ghi]perylene is produced unintentionally as a constituent of coal and petroleum stream UVCB (unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials) substances. Its inclusion stems from its

SGS Reduces Time-to-Market for Electrical and Electronic Products with STAS

SGS has developed and copyrighted a data acquisition and motion control platform – Safety Testing Automation System (STAS) – to help electrical and electronic (EE) manufacturers reduce the time it takes for their products to reach the marketplace. STAS incorporates a computerized approach to testing and reporting for EE products. It translates test methods into robotic language and establishes a communication connection between the control platform and the power supply

EU Resolution Calls for More Effective EU-wide Food Contact Materials Regulation

The European Union (EU) has published a non-legally binding resolution on food contact materials and articles (FCM) that calls for a more effective, EU-wide regulation. The Resolution on the Implementation of the Food Contact Materials Regulation, Regulation (EC) 1935/2004) was originally adopted by the European Parliament on October 6, 2016. The EU then published the resolution on June 19, 2018, under 2018/C 215/11, with the acknowledgement that a more effective

Microbeads Banned in Cosmetic, Personal Care and Household Products in New Zeala …

New Zealand has put into effect its ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetic, personal care and household products. The Waste Minimization (Microbeads) Regulations 2017 were published on December 4, 2017 and came into effect on June 7, 2018. Following the ban, microbeads can no longer be used in products that: • Exfoliate all or part of a person’s body – e.g. ‘rinse-off’ face, hand and body cleansers, scrubs and exfoliators • Clean

SGS Promotes Rigorous Testing to Stop Li-ion Batteries Exploding

On January 31, 2018, the Li-ion batteries in a cell phone charger pack burst into flames on a Russian airplane. The fire ignited a chair, causing thick smoke to fill the cabin, but luckily no injuries. The US Federal Aviation Authority reported 46 similar incidents in 2017, an increase of fifteen on the previous year. While no single cause of ignition has been recognized for these incidents, common links

SGS Helps Air Purifier Companies Access China’s Newly Regulated Market

In 2016, China adopted GB/T 18801-2015 – a national standard for air purifiers. However, although compliance with this standard is mandatory, market surveillance in 2016 and 2017 by the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQISIQ), found 20% of air purifiers still failed compliance tests for safety, electromagnetic compatibility and performance. SGS has introduced a range of services to help companies successfully enter China’s growing air purifier market. SGS supports

China Introduces New Industry Standard for Knitted Overcoats

On April 1, 2018, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology implemented a new Industry Standard for knitted overcoats - FZ/T 73058-2017. The new standard covers overcoats made predominantly from knitted fabrics but does not include clothing for children aged 36 months or less. The technical requirements of FZ/T 73058-2017 are divided into requirements for internal quality, requirements for appearance performances and requirements for raw materials. These relate to: • Requirements for Internal Quality

SGS Offers Hazardous Substance Control (HSC) Workshops to Leather Producers

With tighter regulations to protect human health and the environment being introduced, manufacturers of leather and leather products must find ways to control the levels of restricted substances used by their businesses. End-product testing has proven to be unreliable, resulting in costly product recalls. Instead, manufacturers are now seeing the advantage of shifting their restricted substances focus from testing end products to assessing input chemicals. The logic is simple, if

SGS Helps Manufacturers Access International Cosmetic Markets

Manufacturers of cosmetic products need to consider how their product will be defined by the target market. While it may be characterized as a cosmetic product in one market, it may be considered a drug or interface in another. This is because applicable legislation and consumer perception can be complex and difficult to interpret. How a product will be categorized can have important repercussions, for example labeling, in relation to

SGS Helps Children’s Mattress Manufacturers Comply with Latest EU Standard

The European Commission has stated, in Decision 2010/372/EU, that children’s sleep products should, “not jeopardize the safety or health of children and carers when they are used as intended or in a foreseeable way, bearing in mind the behaviour of children.” Babies and children should sleep in a safe environment and this requires mattresses for both cots and cribs to meet certain safety requirements. Expert advice suggests that babies should

SGS Helps Manufacturers Comply with EU Regulations Concerning NIAS in Food Conta …

Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) are currently a hot topic for manufacturers of food contact materials (FCM). NIAS, unlike intentionally added substances, are found in products without the knowledge of the manufacturer, making it difficult to ensure legal compliance. NIAS can originate from several different sources, such as: • Impurities coming from the starting materials • Degradation reactions of the polymer itself and of additives • Contaminants originating from recycled materials of FCMs FCMs can be manufactured by using

ASTM Issues Revised Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Tex …

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has released an amended version of its standard ASTM D5489 – Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products. The 2018 version, ASTM D5489-18, is better aligned with ISO symbols and clarifies the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Care Labeling Rule (16 CFR 423). The rule states that, if care symbols are used without words, then the symbols in

Canada Expands Scope of Consumer Products Containing Lead Law

On May 2, 2018, Canada published the Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations (CPCLR): SOR/2018-83. This is a new regulation that repeals the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations (CPCLCMR), SOR/2010-273 amended by SOR/2016-171. The changes expand the scope of the regulations but retains the requirement for accessible parts to contain no more than 90 mg/kg lead content. The CPCLR covers: • Products that are brought into contact with the user’s

CARB Helps the US Composite Wood Products Industry

In March 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) published two articles to help the composite wood products industry understand the similarities and differences between CARB’s Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Formaldehyde regulations. The two documents are: • Status of US EPA Formaldehyde Regulation and CARB Regulation • Comparison of Key requirements of CARB and US EPA Regulations to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products While

SGS Keeps Electrical and Electronic Product Sector Informed with EEC Newsletter

The latest edition of SGS’s EEC Newsletter can be downloaded for free from the SGS website. The Electrical and Electronic Newsletter about Consumer Goods (EEC) is a monthly bulletin aimed at economic operators in the electrical and electronic (EE) sector. It keeps stakeholders informed on all the most recent developments concerning international type approval and product recalls. The current issue reports on recent changes concerning wireless, safety, energy efficiency and

SGS Provides 10 Golden Rules for Food Contact Materials’ GMP Compliance in Eur …

Under framework Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004, the European Union (EU) states Food Contact Materials (FCM) must display the internationally recognised glass/fork symbol before they can be sold in the EU, unless the articles are clearly intended to come into contact with food due to their characteristics. Similar to the European CE Mark, the glass/fork symbol indicates that food and drink in contact with the product will be safe for human

Brazil Begins Checks on Lead in Paints and Other Surface Coating Materials

On March 21, 2018, Brazil issued Decree Number 9.315 of March 20, 2018, directing the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) to carry out market surveillance and other enforcement provisions relating to Law Number 11.762/2008. Law Number 11.762/2008 restricts the amount of lead that can be in paints and similar surface coating materials in buildings used by children, for children’s use and school uses, to no more than 0.06%

Malaysia Issues Proposals to Label Feeding Bottles and Teats

On March 2, 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated Malaysia’s proposal to amend Regulation 27A ‘Prohibited feeding bottles’ under Food Regulations 1985. If adopted, it will introduce several alterations to the regulation, including the requirement to provide certain information and use specific language on the labels for feeding bottles and teats. Proposed alterations include: • Replacing the title in the regulations • Providing a completely new definition

EU Issues Proposal to Expand Restrictions on Phthalates Under REACH

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has circulated a notification from the European Union (EU) stating its intention to amend its restrictions on phthalates under entry 51 to Annex XVII of REACH. If adopted, the amendment would: • Expand the number of restricted phthalates to four: o Butylbenzyl phthalate - BBP o Di-n-butyl phthalate - DBP o Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) - DEHP o Diisobutyl phthalate – DIBP (previously not included) • Expand the scope from plasticized materials in toys and childcare articles

Understanding Underwear: Making the Right Choice When Buying and Caring for Unde …

Increased disposable income has meant undergarments are no longer ‘unmentionable’ and consumers now want underwear that displays personality and attitude. In addition, they often look for additional features – for example, a thermal barrier or the strength to shape, support or conceal the human form. Greater demands and increased comfort can mean less hard-wearing materials are used in the manufacture of underwear. Without the right knowledge, therefore, consumers can end

New Medical EMC requirements coming with IEC 60601-1-2 Ed. 4 in EU, USA, Canada

Manufacturers of medical electrical devices are being urged by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to get set for new Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standards which are expected to come into force from the start of 2019. The revised International Medical Safety EMC Standard, IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4, which takes effect in Europe, USA (new applications) and Canada, sets out the basic and essential performance for medical

SGS Reminds Manufacturers and Retailers Domestic Oven Gloves Are Now PPE in Euro …

From April 21, 2018, domestic oven gloves and mitts have been classified as Category II Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This means they must now carry the CE Mark and hold a Conformity Assessment by a Notified Body (NB) before they can be offered onto the market in Europe. PPE is defined as equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more risks

SGS Advises Stakeholders on Final Effective Dates for Taiwan RoHS in Electrical …

Taiwan’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) came into force in December 2016. It covers six restricted substances, providing each with an applicable threshold in the homogeneous material: • Lead (Pb) - 0.1wt % • Cadmium (Cd) - 0.01wt% • Mercury (Hg) - 0.1wt % • Chromium VI (Cr+6) - 0.1wt % • PBB - 0.1wt % • PBDE - 0.1wt % The different EE product types were given specific effective dates for the legal inspection of the product. These were: • December 1,

Driving change - SGS-TÜV Saar offers semiconductor companies bespoke training f …

IP and IC developing and manufacturing companies are being encouraged by SGS-TÜV Saar to take advantage of its bespoke ISO 26262 training courses which focus on typical challenges in developing IPs & ICs for automotive applications. The first in a number of training programs will be held in May 2018. With new safety standards for vehicle functions and their electronic components set to come into force in July 2018, companies dealing

Earlier Compliance Date for US Formaldehyde Emissions in Composite Wood Product …

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has brought forward its compliance date for formaldehyde emissions regulations in composite wood products to June 1, 2018. Previously, the compliance date for the implementation of the provisions of the Final Rule of the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (the Act) had been December 2017, but this was later moved to December 12, 2018. This extension resulted in a legal challenge in the

European Commission Releases RAPEX 2017 Annual Report

The European Commission has released its 2017 annual report for the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX). The report shows 2201 alerts were sent through RAPEX in 2017, with 3952 follow-up actions. This demonstrated a stabilization in the number of notifications and member state follow-up actions. The report confirms, as in previous years, that ‘toys’ constitute the largest sector of RAPEX notifications, with 29%. This is followed by motor vehicles (20%) and

China Updates Standards for Men’s and Women’s Suits and Coats

China has released revised versions of its standards for male and female suits and coats. The National Technical Committee of Garments of the Standardization Administration of China published the standards in Announcement No.32 of 2017. These standards will replace the 2009 editions, which will come into effect on July 1, 2018. The two standards are: • GB/T 2664-2017 - men’s suits and coats • GB/T 2665-2017 - women’s suits and coats Both standards cover woolen

California Introduces New Definition for PET Plastic to Aid Recycling

The US state of California has published a chemical-based definition for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, creating a new section in the Public Resources Code on ‘Containers and Packaging’. The definition, approved in ‘AB 906’ Chapter 823, Statutes of 2017, will differentiate PET from polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG), and will help improve the efficiency of plastic recycling. California has required manufacturers of rigid plastic bottles and containers to use a

California and Connecticut Issue New Labeling Requirements for Polyester Clothin …

Two US states have published bills that will introduce new labeling requirements for polyester clothing. Both California and Connecticut have introduced these bills to improve consumer awareness about the dangers of plastic microfiber shedding during the washing process. Microfiber shedding from textiles made from synthetic fibers, including polyester, is a major contributing factor in the plastic pollution building up in the Earth’s oceans. Garments made from synthetic fibers can shed up

SGS Helps Eyewear Manufacturers Ensure Compliance with Global Marketss

Eyewear has many different functions but, whether they are fashion or prescription spectacles, sunglasses, specialist sportswear glasses, or personal protective equipment (PPE), they must all conform to the basic requirement that they are safe and will protect the wearer’s eye. To help ensure this, different markets maintain their own regulations, each designed to ensure the wearer is safe. In addition to these basic requirements, eyewear should also be comfortable and

US EPA Issues Final Rule to Revise Regulations for Formaldehyde Emissions in Com …

On February 7, 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register, 83 FR 5340, revising the voluntary consensus standards for formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products and clarifying a technicality to allow panel manufacturers to correlate their control methods to either large or small chamber. The revisions update the final rule of December 2016, 81 FR 89674. The latest final rule includes, among

SGS Helps Businesses Understand California Proposition 65

Companies operating in the US state of California must to be aware of Proposition 65, otherwise known as Prop 65, or, the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”. It is a unique piece of legislation, a consumer ‘right-to-know’ law passed by Californian residents in November 1986. The unique nature of Prop 65 means there are often many questions about it. SGS provides training and seminars to help

Europe Restricts the Use of D4 and D5 in Wash-off Cosmetic Products

On January 10, 2018, the European Commission (EC) announced new restrictions on the use of Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in wash-off cosmetic products. The changes were made in Regulation (EU) 2018/35 and they restrict the use of either substance to 0.1% by weight. D4 has been recognized as a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substance, and D5 is identified as a very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substance. The criteria

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