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Press Releases from SGS (479 total)

Singapore Expands its List of Controlled Hazardous Substances

Singapore has introduced measures to regulate short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP), polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN) and trichlorfon. The Singapore government is expanding its list of regulated hazardous substances, under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA), by introducing two amendments: • S 782/2017 – ‘Environmental Protection and Management (Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 • S 783/2017 – ‘Environmental Protection and Management Act (Amendment of Second Schedule) (No. 3) Order 2017 S 782/2017 will add PCN

Brazil Plans to Reduce Lead Content in Paints and Surface Coating Materials

Brazil has published a proposal which, if accepted, will strengthen its regulations on the use of lead in paints and other surface coating materials. The new law would effectively strengthen the lead content limit by approximately seven-fold – altering the requirement for lead (dry or non-volatile content) to ≤ 90 ppm. The proposal document also includes a provision to allow the sale of paints and similar surface coating materials, that

Health Canada Issue Proposals to Changes Regulations for Magnetic Toys

Health Canada has issued proposals to amend the mandatory requirements and tests relating to magnetic toys. Published on November 4, 2017, Health Canada is now seeking comments, which must be received before January 17, 2018. Currently, mandatory safety requirements for magnetic toys are covered by ASTM F963, EN 71 and ISO 8124, but not by Canada’s toys regulations. The proposed changes will align Health Canada’s safety requirements with these standards. The

EU Introduces Restrictions on Peanut Oil, its Extracts and Derivatives and Hydro …

On December 4, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/2228, restricting the use of peanut oil (arachis hypogaea oil), its extracts and derivatives, and hydrolyzed wheat protein. The new regulation entered into force on December 25, 2017. The regulation covering peanut oil (and its extracts and derivative), contained within Annex III entry 306, requires the restriction of peanut proteins to a maximum concentration of 0.5ppm. This rule covers several common

New California Prop 65 Settlement Agreements Reached Regarding Phthalates

The California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm, contains six phthalates: • Butyl benzyl - BBP • Di-n-butyl - DBP • Di(2-ethylhexyl) - DEHP • Di-isodecyl - DIDP • Diisononyl - DINP • Di-n-hexyl – DnHP These plasticizers are listed as causing cancer, birth defects, other reproductive harm or a combination of these toxicities. In recent months there have been several settlement agreements reached regarding phthalates, which require either reformulation or the provision of

California Prop 65 Settlements Reached on DEHP in Various Consumer Products

In recent months, several California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlements have been reached concerning di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), also known as bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (CAS 117-81-7). These settlements require the reformulation of DEHP or, in some instances, the application of a Prop 65 warning label. These settlements relate to: • Backpacks with vinyl/PVC handles and/or other components - ≤ 1000 ppm • Badge/ID holders - < 0.1% • Drawer liners - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning • Faux leather kid’s

US CPSC Approves New Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a new safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools, codified under 16 CFR 1232. The standard was published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2017, following a unanimous vote in favor of it on December 8, 2017. This final rule amended the list of NORs issued in 16 CFR part 1112 to include the standard for children’s folding chairs

Vietnam Publishes New Requirements on Formaldehyde and Azo Dye Use in Textiles

On October 23, 2017, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) released new regulations regarding the use of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile products. These were published in Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT, “the national technical regulation on the content of formaldehyde and certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textile products”. The new regulations contain specific requirements relating to the permitted limits for formaldehyde and azo dye content in
12-15-2017 | Arts & Culture

SGS Prepares Condition Reports for Proposed Exhibition Loan by New York’s Rene …

SGS Art Services has announced it is working with the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation on the proposed upcoming exhibition – Circa 1945: Abstract Art in the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation Collection. Chaim Gross (1904-1991) was a modern American sculptor, creating statues in marble, wood and bronze, and is considered a leading light in the mid-20th century New York downtown scene. Incorporated as a charitable foundation in

SGS Fimko Begins Testing for ENEC Mark in China

SGS Fimko Ltd. has expanded its network of ENEC approved Testing Laboratories to include SGS-CSTC Shenzhen Branch and Vkan CVC (Guangzhou) in China in addition to SGS Fimko Ltd in Finland. ENEC is a high-quality European mark for electrical products that demonstrate compliance with European standards (EN). Testing is undertaken at independent ENEC approved laboratories around the world, with certification decisions being made by accredited Certification Bodies. Certified products can

SGS Partners with the Australasian Furnishing Association

SGS has accepted an invitation to become a premium partner with the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA). Through this partnership, SGS will provide AFA’s members with up-to-date information about overseas markets and preferential rates for SGS’s laboratory-based testing services across Asia. As part of the agreement, SGS will also participate in future furniture events undertaken by the AFA. Estimated to be worth around $27.4 billion, the Australian furniture sector is a major

ASTM International Publishes Revised Fire Safety Standard for Candles

ASTM International has published a new version of its fire safety standard for candles – ASTM F2417. Published in October 2017, the new standard makes a number of revisions, including: • Clearer definitions of religious/ceremonial candles based on size. In general, these candles are 17 inches or more and other candles for worship, that are used at home, are now regarded as “extended use candles” • Candle Burning Performance Test has been altered

NABL Accreditation for Furniture Testing Awarded to SGS Laboratory in Manesar, N …

The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) has accredited SGS’s laboratory in Manesar, North India, to provide furniture testing and certification. NABL certification means testing and calibration is carried out at the laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 guidelines for the maintenance of quality management systems. Opened in December 2016, the Manesar site has already achieved several distinctions during its first year of operation. Situated in the Gurgaon District, the

Japan, China and Singapore Update Their Regulations for Consumer UAVs

Three Asian countries have introduced new regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The new regulatory requirements relate to either the radio spectrum or safety and have been introduced in Japan, China and Singapore. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) opened four new bands for UAV at the end of 2016. The new band 5.7G band (5650 to 5755MHz) has a wide frequency range and transmitting power up to 1W,
11-14-2017 | Arts & Culture

SGS Solves Mystery of Lost René Guiette Painting in TV Series “The Sense of B …

SGS Art Services has contributed to the new television series, “The Sense of Beauty”. In the documentary, the company shows how state-of-the-art scientific analysis is now being used to protect artworks, identify paintings, catalogue their development and recognize counterfeit works. The shoot, which took place at SGS’s dedicated art laboratory in Geneva Freeport, focused on recent work undertaken on the painting, “The Paysage”, by renowned Belgian painter, René Guiette (1893–1976). During

Israel Revises Two National Standards for Toys to Harmonize with EU Standards

Israel has announced the revision of two national standards relating to toys as part of its process to harmonize certain standards with European Union standards. The two standards are: 1. SI 562 part 3: migration of certain elements (February 2015) 2. SI 562 part 7: finger paints (November 2005) The first standard will be brought into line with EN 71-3:2013 +A1:2014 and the second into line with EN 71-7:2014. Compliance with these standards is mandatory

SGS achieves UKAS Accreditation for FSSC 22000 Version 4.1

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company is now an accredited Certification Body for the FSSC 22000 Standard version 4.1 with trained auditors in all regions of the world. Published in 2016, the FSSC 22000 Standard version 4.1 is the first standard that has been developed specifically with the requirements of the GFSI version 7.1 benchmark document requirements at its core. By considering the requirements in the GFSI
10-27-2017 | Arts & Culture

Sotheby’s Institute Lists SGS Art Services’ Yan Walther Among World’s Top …

In an article published on October 10, 2017, Roxanna Zarnegar, of Sotheby’s Institute’s Adjunct Faculty in New York, listed the nine most innovative and important entrepreneurs she believes are operating in the art world today. In second place, she named Switzerland’s Yan Walther for his work in developing laboratories dedicated to the scientific analysis of artworks, and in creating a digital platform to facilitate the accurate and efficient monitoring of

SGS Helps Manufacturers Stay Compliant with New European PPE Regulations

Globally, PPE is estimated to be worth around US $40 billion and it is expected this figure will rise to US $58 billion by 2022. In the US, safety footwear accounts for over US $5 billion and this sector alone is expected to rise by 5% year-on-year. Protective clothing is the fastest growing sector of PPE, representing 22% of sales in 2016. In the future, it is predicted the hand

RAPEX Lists Juvenile Products Among Top Five Notifications in 2016

RAPEX, the European Union’s (EU) rapid alert system for dangerous products, excluding food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, listed juvenile products among its top five notified types of products in 2016. In recent years, notifications for childcare articles and children’s equipment have been steadily increasing, reminding manufacturers that they need to ensure their products are safe and compliant to avoid costly and damaging recalls. RAPEX covers 31 countries in the EU and

SGS Deploys STAS System in HIKVISION Laboratory

On May 23, 2017, SGS and HIKVISION signed a partnership to establish the “SGS-HIKVISION Joint Lab” at the HIKVISION facility, in Hangzhou IoT Scientific Park. In addition, SGS has deployed its Safety Testing Automation Systems (STAS) at the laboratory and helped with accreditation as a IECEE Customer Testing Facility (CTF 2). STAS allows increased automation of product safety testing procedures. It is an integrated system that allows manufacturers and testing

US Extends Compliance Dates for Composite Wood Products

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a Final Rule (FR) to extend certain compliance dates relating to the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. The new compliance dates, published in the Federal Register, are designed to give regulatory relief to the composite wood industry. Published on September 25, 2017, the FR has extended the compliance dates for some provisions. These include: • The manufactured-by date for formaldehyde emission standards in

EU Proposes Revision to Migration Limit for Chromium (VI) in Some Toy Materials

The European Union (EU) has issued proposals to strengthen the migration limit for chromium (VI) in Category III, scraped-off toy materials, by reducing the acceptable limit from 0.2 mg/kg to 0.053 mg/kg (approximately a four-fold decrease). The proposal was circulated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 6, 2017, in an attachment to document No. 17-4740. Examples of Category III toy materials include: • Ceramics, glass, metals and metal alloys, textiles

SGS Attends Global Brand Protection Summit 2017

SGS Brand Protection will debut its services at the Global Brand Protection Summit 2017 on October 3-4, 2017, where it will showcase the company’s extensive range of brand protection solutions for consumer goods products. SGS’s industry experts will be available on-site to meet potential clients, answer questions and to familiarize visitors with SGS’ brand protection services. About Global Brand Protection Summit GBPS 2017 at the NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Exhibition Center will be

SGS Accredited for Textile and Footwear ZDHC Training

SGS has been certified to provide Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) chemical management training for businesses operating in the textile and footwear supply chain by the ZDHC Foundation. SGS is offering ZDHC training, a face-to-face two-day interactive course, in key textile sourcing countries. The course consists of five training modules, covering a range of topics, including: • An introduction to chemical management • Chemical hazards and risk assessment • ZDHC MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) and

SGS Appointed Notified Body for New European PPE Regulation in the UK

SGS is accredited as a Notified Body (NB) for the new European Union (EU) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation in the UK. The new PPE Regulation, (EU) 2016/425, replaces Directive 89/686/EEC. Formal accreditation was given by UKAS against EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. In the UK, SGS provides a wide range of services for PPE and workwear testing and certification, and is

China Implements Revised Industry Standard for Jeanswear

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced the new Industry Standard for Jeanswear, FZ/T 81006-2017, will officially be implemented on October 1, 2017, replacing FZ/T 81006-2007. The standard applies to woven jeanswear, predominantly made from pure cotton or cotton fiber, and which are not aimed at infants aged 36 months or less. There have been several revisions made to FZ/T 81006. These include: • A revision to the

Seven Plastics Exempted from Phthalates Testing in Toys and Childcare Articles b …

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published as final rule to amend Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The final rule creates a new Part 1308 (16 CFR 1308) exempting accessible components in toys and childcare articles from third party testing if they contain any of seven types of plastic with specified additives. The plastics are: • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) • General purpose polystyrene (GPPS), medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS), high-impact

ASTM Revises US Toy Standard ASTM F963

ASTM International has revised ASTM F963 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety to include editorial changes and clarify the requirements for Kinetic Energy Density. The latest version, ASTM F963-17, replaces ASTM F963-16, which only became mandatory on April 30, 2017. The principal reason for the revision was the need to clarify the fact that the new Kinetic Energy Density (KED) only applies to projectile toys and arrows with

Europe Restricts Use of Zinc Oxide as a Colorant

The European Commission (EC) has published Regulation (EU) 2017/1413 restricting the use of zinc oxide as a colorant. Under Entry 144 of Annex IV to Regulations (EC) No. 1223/2009, zinc oxide will not be permitted for use in applications where its use may lead to exposure of the end-user’s lungs by inhalation. The EC has previously considered restricting the use of zinc oxide twice, following reviews by the Scientific Committee on

Early Labeling for Compliant Composite Wood Products Accepted by US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will allow early labeling of compliant composite wood products and finished goods manufactured before December 12, 2017. This follows a consultation period that ended on July 26, 2017, during which no adverse comments were received. This Direct Final Rule (DFR), published on July 11, 2017, will allow compliant products to be labeled as TSCA Title VI Compliant (Toxic Substances Control Act),

US Withdrawal Timetable for Fifth Edition of UL 913

The timeline for compliance with the 5th edition of UL 913 by manufacturers of products used only for hazardous locations in the United States was indefinitely extended by the technical panel for Intrinsic Safe Apparatus for hazardous locations on August 1, 2017. Manufacturers are therefore allowed to submit their products for less strenuous testing. This change was a result from feedback received from stakeholders across the board. There was an expressed

New Sunglasses Standards for Australia and New Zealand

Standards for sunglasses, fashion spectacles and certain replacement filters have been updated following publication of the new Australia/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 1067.1:2016 and AS/NZS 1067.2:2016 in September 2016. These standards specify minimum requirements for sunglasses, fashion spectacles and replacement filters that are nominally afocal (plano power), excluding prescription filter, which provide protection against solar radiation for general use, including road-use and driving. The Changes in Brief Aligning its requirements closely to those of
08-24-2017 | Arts & Culture

SGS Art Services and The Met NY examine the African mask that influenced Picasso …

In a recent collaboration, SGS Art Services has worked with art historians and conservators at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met, New York) on a study of a Kru Mask from Ivory Coast. This mask previously belonged to Pablo Picasso and it is believed to have influenced the construction methods used for his cardboard and mixed media sculpture, Guitar (1912, The Museum of Modern Art, New York). As a 2016-17

SGS Launches the SGS Independently Checked Mark

SGS has launched the SGS Independently Checked Mark (IC Mark) to help manufacturers and retailers generate confidence and trust among consumers, bringing transparency to the complex world of product testing and regulation compliance. The IC Mark is currently available for all non-food consumer products. It proves the product has been independently tested by a third-party laboratory. Manufacturers and retailers can test products against one or more of the initiative’s six

China Introduces First Product Standard for Infant Woven Bedding

The China National Standardization Technical Committee for Home-textiles has recently published a new national standard for woven bedding for infants - GB/T 33734-2017. This is the first product standard for infant woven bedding and it will be used to standardize the production, sales and marketing of such products, helping to protect the rights of consumers and provide guidance to industry. It will be implemented on December 1, 2017. The standard covers

US FTC Completes Consultation on the Elimination of Obsolete Provisions in Texti …

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed to eliminate the “housemark” provisions of its Textile Rules. Currently, the Textile Labeling Rules require a label to be attached to textile products disclosing: • The manufacturer or marketer name • The country where the product was processed or manufactured • The generic names and percentages by weight of the fibers in the product Proposals from the FTC are to amend the Textile Rules (“Rules and Regulations under the

Prop 65 Settlements Reached for DEHP in Consumer Products

Several California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlements have been reached involving di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) since late 2016. These settlements require the parties named in the settlements to reformulate DEHP to a level less than or equal to 0.1%. In some cases, the settlements also allow for the use of a ‘clear and reasonable’ warning, known as a Prop 65 warning. These settlements cover: • Car mounts - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning • Electrical tapes

SGS Helps Companies Choose the Right Power Converter

The demand for smart and renewable energy technologies has created a need for reliable, efficient and compact power converters. The sector now has more producers making a greater range of power converters with different specifications. For those using power converters in their products and installations, it has never been more important to make sure they are using the right power converter for the job. Power converters are a vital part of

EU Launches Public Consultation on Proposal to Strengthen Migration Limits for A …

The European Commission and the Scientific Committee on Health, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) have begun a public consultation on their proposal to strengthen the existing migration limits for aluminum in all three categories of toys in the European Toy Safety Directive (TSD). If the proposal is put into effect, the limits will be strengthened by approximately 2.5-fold: • Category 1 (Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable): o Current TSD: 5,625 mg/kg o Proposal: 2,250 mg/kg • Category

SGS Helps Businesses Understand the Complexities of European Food Contact Materi …

The food you eat will touch many materials and articles during its production, processing, storage, preparation and serving, all before it is eventually consumed. The substances we use to build processing machinery, manufacture packaging, and even the equipment we use to store, cook and eat the food in our own homes, must be safe for the consumer. In addition, these Food Contact Materials (FCM) must not alter the food or

SGS Helps Textile and Footwear Manufacturers Improve Chemical Profiles

Textiles and leather are two key components of apparel and footwear. While they are very different materials, the processes involved to create the desired color, feel and performance level for its end use, have many similarities. More than 40 different types of chemicals can be used during the production of an individual garment, and significant volumes of water may be used and discharged from the factory during this process. In

EU Adds Twelve SVHCs to Authorization List Under REACH

The European Union (EU) has added twelve substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the Authorization List in Annex XIV of REACH, creating entries 32 to 43. The twelve substances are: 32. 1-Bromopropane (n-propyl bromide) 33. Diisopentylphthalate 34. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich 35. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters 36. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear 37. Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate 38. Dipentylphthalate 39. N-Pentyl-isopentylphthalate 40. Anthracene oil 41. Pitch, coal tar, high temp 42. 4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated 43. 4-Nonylphenol, branched

EU Restricts PFOA and Related Substances under REACH

The European Union (EU) has published measures to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and related substances. This new law, published on June 14, 2017 as Regulation (EU) 2017/1000, creates the new entry 68 to Annex XVII of REACH For PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related substances, implementation of the new law will happen in phases: • July 4, 2020 for applications other than those mentioned below • July 4, 2022 for: o Equipment used to produce

Australia Introduces New Standard for Dummies and Dummy Chains

Australia has introduced new requirements for babies’ dummies/soothers and dummy/soother chains. The new regulations were published on May 8, 2017, as the Australian Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017. The updated regulations call for baby dummies to meet certain sections of either the Australian or the European standard. These standards are: • AS 2432:2015 Standard for Babies’ Dummies • EN 1400:2013+A1:2014 – Child use and care article – Soothers

Turkey Issues Proposals to Regulate Food Contact Materials and Articles

Turkey has announced its intention to regulate food contact materials and articles. As part of this plan, it will establish 17 categories of food contact material and article: 1. Active and intelligent materials and articles 2. Adhesives 3. Ceramics 4. Cork 5. Glass 6. Ion-exchange resins 7. Metals and alloys 8. Paper and board 9. Plastics 10. Printing inks 11. Regenerated cellulose 12. Rubber 13. Silicones 14. Textiles 15. Varnishes and coatings 16. Wax 17. Wood Turkey announced its intentions by issuing two pieces of draft legislation and circulating them via the World Trade Organization (WTO) in May 2017. The two documents are: • Food Codex Communiqué

U.S. CPSC Issues Proposals to Create a New Safety Standard for Booster Seats

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued proposals to establish a safety standard for booster seats. In addition, the CPSC has opened a period of consultation, which will end on August 2, 2017. On May 19, 2017, the CPSC voted unanimously to issue a notice of rulemaking (NPR) on the creation of new standard for booster seats. This was done in response to the direction under section 104(b) of

Algeria Announces New Regulations on Food Contact Materials and Articles

Algeria has published regulations for fourteen categories of food contact materials and articles. These are described in Article 8 of the Executive Decree as: 1. Adhesives 2. Ceramics 3. Elastomers and rubber 4. Glass 5. Ion exchange resins 6. Metals and alloys 7. Paper and paperboard 8. Paraffin wax and microcrystalline wax 9. Plastics, including varnishes and coatings 10. Printing ink 11. Regenerated cellulose 12. Silicones 13. Textile products 14. Wood, including cork The regulations relate to food contact materials and articles that, in their finished state: • Are intended to be brought into contact with food • Are already in contact with

Hong Kong Updates List of Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products

Hong Kong has published an updated list of safety standards for some categories of toys and children’s products under the scope of the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Chapter 424). The list was published on May 19, 2017, following a one-month public consultation in December 2016. The new safety standards are all international standards or standards adopted by major economies, and allow for presumption of conformity or demonstration of compliance.
06-12-2017 | Arts & Culture

Why the Modern Artworld Needs Independent Condition Reporting: a Speech to Deleg …

Yan Walther, SGS’s art expert, spoke to attendees at the opening of China’s biggest cultural fair – the ICIF. Taking place at the Artron Art Center in Shenzhen, China, on May 11, 2017, Mr Walther focused on the importance of correct documentation, due diligence and condition monitoring in the modern art world. His speech, entitled “Best practices in art due diligence and condition monitoring during logistical operations and financial transactions”, looked

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