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Press Releases from SGS (479 total)

China Revises its National Standard for Down and Feather

China has revised its national standard for down and feather to harmonize it will international requirements. The current national standard, GB/T 17685-2003 – Down and Feather will be replaced with GB/T 17685-2016 – Down and Feather. The updated standard will become effective on July 1, 2017. With global and domestic consumer interest in product health and safety on the rise, the older version of the standard was no-longer applicable to practical

A New Operations Manager and a More Customer-Focused Approach for SGS Baseefa

SGS Baseefa appointed Mr. Phil Oates to the position of Operations Manager in November 2016. The appointment comes at an important time for the company, which has recently undergone an internal re-organisation designed to make the company more customer-focussed. With a long history of working in many sectors of the explosive atmospheres industry, Mr. Oates proved himself to be the ideal candidate for the position of Operations Manager. Immediately prior to

Improving Quality and Reliability in Electronic Components with HALT and HASS

On April 26, 2017, SGS in Munich will hold a workshop looking at the “Highly Accelerated Life Test” (HALT) and “Highly Accelerated Stress Screening” (HASS), two procedures that will help manufacturers of electronic components and products realize their quality and reliability targets. At a time when manufacturers of electronic components and products are focusing on achieving high levels of quality and maximizing reliability, HALT and HASS will help developers identify

EU Updates Guidance on Energy Labeling

Following instances where manufacturers have misused verification tolerances, as laid down in the delegated acts, the European Union (EU) has updated its guidance on energy labeling for manufacturers. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/254, published on February 15, 2017, seeks to clarify that verification tolerances set out in the delegated acts may only be used by Member State authorities for the purpose of verifying compliance. Verification tolerances, stemming from the Commission Delegated

US CPSC Removes “Safety Standard for Magnet Sets” 16 CFR Part 1240 from Code …

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has removed “Safety Standard for Magnet Sets” 16 CFR 1240 from the Code of Federal Regulations following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals. This action became effective on March 7, 2017, although it had legal effect immediately upon its filing on November 22, 2016. The CPSC met on March 1, 2017, and unanimously voted to remove the standard on March 2, a procedural

South Korea Updates Legislation Governing KC Certification for Electrical and El …

All electrical and electronic products offered for sale in South Korea are subject to KC Certification, a mandatory certification scheme which ensures only products accredited by accepted certification bodies can enter the Korean market. The scheme verifies the products for safety, as well as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Radio Frequency (RF) requirements. SAFETY Certification Before an electrical or electronic appliance can be sold in South Korea it must demonstrate that it is

ECHA Launches Public Consultation on Two Potential SVHCs

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has launched public consultations on two potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The public consultations, the first in 2017, will look at: • 4,4’-Isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A) • Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts If the proposals are adopted, the SVHC candidate list will expand to 174 substances. Bisphenol A was previously included in the SVHC candidate list in January 2017 based on its classification as toxic to reproduction, category 1B, according

SGS-TÜV Partners with kVA in the US to Offer Functional Safety Training Program …

SGS-TÜV has partnered with the US based technical and management consulting group, kVA, to offer functional safety training for electrical systems in the automotive and automation industry. The partnership will allow kVA to offer two SGS training programs to the North American automotive industry: • “Automotive Functional Safety Professional” (AFSP) • “Industrial Functional Safety Professional” (IFSP) SGS-TÜV is globally-recognized as an expert in both the ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards and offers

Explore International EMC Regulations with SGS at EMV 2017, in Stuttgart, German …

Join SGS at EMV 2017, Europe’s leading trade fair for electromagnetic compatibility, March 28-30, in Stuttgart, Germany and learn about the EMC and product safety regulations you need to comply with if you want to market your product internationally. Beyond EMC, legislators also set requirements for product safety in almost every market in the world. This year, EMV will add product safety to its agenda for this year’s trade fair and

SGS to Attend Surface and Thin-Film Analytics Conference

Experts from SGS Institut Fresenius will be at the Surface and Thin-Film Analytics Conference (Dresden, Germany, March 23 2017) to present an overview of the opportunities created through using cutting-edge analytical methods. The conference is aimed at several sectors, since interfacial and surface phenomena, thin-film characteristics, and film-forming surface contaminants can affect the quality of many products. Accordingly, the event will be of interest to semiconductor and other electronics manufacturers, as well

Nepal Introduces Mandatory Toys Standard

Nepal has enacted a new Toys Standard to regulate the use of certain chemicals in toys. The mandatory standard will come into effect on July 16, 2017. The new standard restricts the following chemicals to the listed limits: • Antimony (Sb) – less than or equal to 60mg/kg • Arsenic (As) – less than or equal to 25mg/kg • Barium (Ba) – less than or equal to 1000mg/kg • Cadmium (Cd) – less than or equal to

California Prop 65 Settlement Agreement Reached for BPA in Polycarbonate Dishwar …

A California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlement agreement has been reached concerning the reformulation of bisphenol A (BPA) in polycarbonate dishware. The agreement involves several consumer products, including polycarbonate wine glasses, which must now contain BPA to a level of less than or equal to 1000ppm. The settlement also allows for a Prop 65 warning to be used as an alternative. This agreement was achieved in February 2017 and it follows

Seychelles Proposes a Ban on Certain Plastics and Identifies Standards for Biode …

The Republic of Seychelles has published proposals to ban plastic utensils, polystyrene boxes and certain plastic bags. In addition, it has issued proposals requiring biodegradable forms of these products to conform to prescribed standards. The affected products are under HS Codes 392321, 392329, 392410 and 392310. These two pieces of draft legislation relate to both the plastic products that are to be restricted and the guidelines for the biodegradable versions. They

EPA Publishes Guide to Help Compliance with US Formaldehyde Emissions Standards …

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a set of guidelines to help panel manufacturers (mills) comply with its Final Rule relating to ‘The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act’. The guide includes several important provisions, including: • The relationship between EPA, CARB, CARB-approved TPCs, EPA-recognized ABs, EPA-recognized TPCs and economic operators • A list of exemptions • Incentives for ULEA resins or NAF-based resins used in composite wood products • Product testing requirements • A list of approved

Children’s Furniture Standards FIRA/FRQG C001~C004 Updated

The Furniture Retail Quality Group (FRQG) has worked with the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) to revise four of its standards for children’s furniture. The four updated standards are: • FIRA/FRQG C001:2016 – General Safety Requirements • FIRA/FRQG C002:2016 – Seating: Requirements for strength, stability and durability • FIRA/FRQG C003:2016 – Tables and desks: Requirements for strength, stability and durability • FIRA/FRQG C004:2016 – Storage furniture – Requirements for strength, stability and durability The older versions of these standards,

France Proposes Labeling Rules for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Furniture

France has notified the European Commission (EC) and other Member States of the European Union (EU), in accordance with Directive (EU) 2015/1535, of its intention to adopt two inter-related proposals concerning the labeling of formaldehyde emission standards in furniture products. The draft Decree, attached to notification 2017/22/F (France), requires furniture containing wood-based panels to display a label indicating details of the pollutant (formaldehyde) emissions. The requirement applies to furniture whether it

Domestic Oven Gloves Require CE Mark From April 2018

On April 21, 2018, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC with be repealed and replaced by Regulation 425/2016/EU. After this date, domestic oven gloves and mitts will require CE certification. PPE is defined as equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person's health or safety. Directive 89/686/EEC excluded items designed for private use against heat, for
03-03-2017 | Arts & Culture

SGS Joins Deloitte’s US Art & Finance Conference in New York City

Yan Walther, Managing Director of SGS Art Service’s, contributed to a panel discussion entitled, “Data, Analytics and Building Trust in the Art Market” at Deloitte’s 2nd US Art & Finance Conference on March 2, 2017. This year, the conference, which is aimed primarily at lawyers, bankers and other investors, focused on transformation and innovation in the art market. Subtitled ‘A Portrait in Transformation’, each discussion panel brought together leading figures

India Withdraws Large Denomination Banknotes

In November 2016, the Indian Government withdrew the current stock of Rs500 and Rs1000 banknotes from circulation. The change was designed to curb the parallel economy, eliminate counterfeit cash and bring unused cash back into the economy. In the short-term however, the move has had unsettling consequences for business owners and individual workers. Mixed Reactions Abolishing the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and replacing them with new versions was one of

EU Introduces Restrictions on Deca-BDE under REACH

The European Union (EU) has recently instigated measures to regulate decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE), also known as bis(pentabromophenyl) ether. Under the new rules, Deca-BDE with be prohibited as a substance and restricted to a maximum of 0.1% in articles, mixtures, or as a constituent of substances. Deca-BDE is widely used as a flame retardant in plastic and textile articles, as well as in adhesives, coatings, inks and sealants. It has been

Canada Publishes Changes to Toys Regulations

Canada has made several editorial changes to its regulations concerning toys. These amendments do not significantly change the manufacturer’s obligations because they primarily consist of updates and administrative changes. These changes include: • Definitions of “Good Scientific Practices” and “Human Experience Data” • Editorial changes to Section 7 ‘Small Parts’. There are no changes to the requirements • Simplifying and clarifying Sections 26 and 27 • Removal of Section 43 and Schedule 9 concerning out-of-date battery technology • Schedule 2

China Implements New Industry Standard for Children’s Leather Shoes

On January 1, 2017, China implemented a new industrial standard for children’s leather shoes - QB/T 2880-2016. The new standard, replacing QB/T 2880-2007, applies to leather shoes for children and infants who are not older than 14 years old. In addition, the standard only applies to shoes to a maximum size of 250. The new version of the industry standard includes several changes to the requirements for: • Appearance quality • Flexing resistance • Abrasion resistance • Peeling

EU Revises Standard for Outdoor Tables

The European Union (EU) has published a revised version of the EN 581-3 Standard for Outdoor Tables. The new standard, issued in January 2017 and entitled EN 581-3:2017, supersedes EN 581-3:2007. The updated EN 581-3:2017 includes references to the standard EN 1730:2012. Previously, EN 581-3 had included a set of test methods but the new version includes a more detailed table of parameters that are adapted to the EN 1730 standard.

EU Publishes Draft Guidance and Seeks Comments on PAH Restrictions under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking comments on a draft guidance document, published in January 2017, on the restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in plastic and rubber materials. The draft guidelines assist stakeholders in complying with restrictions enforced under entry 50 in Annex XVII of REACH. The guidelines relate to an expansion in the scope of PAH restrictions introduced, via Regulation (EU) 1272/2013, in December 2013. The amendment became

Meeting Standards for Functional Sportswear in China

Due to the recent and expected continuation of growth in the sportswear market in China, the country’s surveillance authorities have started to increase their spot-checking of sport-ing garments, especially for the items’ functional properties. Growth Market – And More Complaints China’s sportswear market has grown quickly in recent years, with market research1 as-sessing the value at USD 25.3 billion in 2015. This growth is expected to continue to USD 43.1 billion by

EU Publishes Draft Guidance and Seeks Comments on Nickel Restrictions under REAC …

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published draft guidance in January 2017 to assist industry in complying with the scope of restriction on nickel under entry 27 to Annex XVII of REACH. Stakeholders have until April 19, 2017, to comment on the draft guidelines. Under Annex XVII of REACH, the use of nickel and its compounds is split into three different limits for the release of nickel in articles: • < 0.2 ug/cm²/week

How to Improve Stove Safety and Prevent Accidents

The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) claims that one in three fires in the country are caused by stoves or ovens, making them the most common cause of household fires. In Finland every year, fire brigades put out nearly 1,000 fires caused by electric stoves. In most cases, these fires are related to cooking and the root cause is almost always negligence or misuse of the stove. Fires Caused By

CEN Issues EN 12868:2017 for N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substances in Tea …

The Comité Europeén de Normalisation (CEN, European Committee for Standardization) 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. EN 12868:2017 contains several important changes to the previous 1999 version. These include: • A completely new definition for ‘n-nitroamine’ and ‘ready to use product’ • A revision to the definitions for ‘elastomer’ and ‘rubber’ • Requirement for two migration tests and two determinations

ASTM F963-16 is Accepted as Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

On February 2, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register authorizing ASTM F963-16 as the consumer product safety standard for toys. ASTM F963-16, issued in October 2016 by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), contains several important changes from previous versions of the standard. These include changes relating to: • Magnets • Projectiles • Toy Chests • Batteries • Microbiological Safety • Heavy Elements, such as heavy metals in textiles

CEN Issues New Toy Safety Standard for N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substan …

The Comité Europeén de Normalisation (CEN, European Committee for Standardization) has published a new standard relating to the use of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in toys. The new standard, EN 71-12:2016, has several important background, editorial and technical changes, including: • Alignment of language for the definition of ‘finger paint’ for consistency with the language used in EN 71-7:2014 (Finger Paints – Requirements and Test Methods) • The use of a modified definition for ‘elastomer’

Switzerland Publishes New Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles

As part of Switzerland’s new ‘Food Law 2017’, the Swiss Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (FSVO) [Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV)] has announced an amendment establishing the requirements for ten groups of FCMs. These materials and articles, intended to come into contact with food, are broken down into the following groups: • Metals, metal alloys, and tin and its alloys • Plastics (including epoxy resins) • Recycled plastics • Regenerated cellulose films • Ceramics, glass,

Switzerland Updates Toys Ordinance to Harmonize with European Toy Safety Directi …

In December 2016, Switzerland incorporated the latest requirements from the European Toy Safety Directive (TSD), Directive 2009/48/EC, into its own Toys Ordinance - Regulation of the Federal Department of Home Affairs on the Safety of Toys (Toys Ordinance, VSS) [Verordnung des Eidgenössischen Departements des Innern (EDI) über die Sicherheit von Spielzeug (Spielzeugverordnung, VSS)]. While Switzerland is not as member of the European Union (EU) it does follow many EU regulations.

SGS Upgrades French Furniture Testing Facilities to Meet New European Standards

SGS’s furniture testing laboratory at Aix en Provence has been upgraded to allow testing to recently extended European Standards and current manufacturing demands. Fully accredited, the facility at Aix en Provence offers a one-stop solution for manufacturers compliance with regulatory standards and fitness for use (FFU) requirements. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has recently updated standard EN 14749 for domestic storage furniture to include several new requirements, including new stability

China Implements New National Standard for Water Resistant Outdoor Sportswear

On November 1, 2016, China implemented its first national standard for outdoor sportswear – China National Standard GB/T 32614-2016 Outdoor Sportswear – Water Resistant Garment. The new standard relates to water resistant garments which are mainly made of textile materials. This comprehensive standard specifies: • Garment size and type • Requirements: o Physical qualities o Appearance qualities • Testing methods • Judgement rules • Instructions for use • Packaging • Transportation • Storage for water resistant garments GB/T 32614-2016 does not apply to water resistant garments aimed at children aged

GS Mark Testing and Certification For Furniture, From SGS

SGS is offering GS Mark testing and certification to furniture manufacturers. The GS Mark (it stands for “Geprüfte Sicherheit” and means “safety tested”) is a voluntary certification mark applicable to finished products including furniture. Products bearing the GS Mark are compliant with the statutory safety requirements of the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG), which are more stringent than only the EN standard. SGS experts are able to assess furniture products

US CPSC Adopts New Standard for Baby Sling Carriers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted for and approved 16 CFR 1228 for baby sling carriers with a margin of 3-2. 16 CFR 1228 adopts ASTM F2907-15, a Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers, with one amendment requiring warning labels to be attached to the fabric on all sides of the tag and in a visible position. ASTM F2907-15 defines a ‘sling carrier’ as ‘‘a product of fabric

EU Adds Standard for Nickel in Spectacle Frames and Sunglasses in Harmonized Met …

The European Commission has published Commission Communication 2017/C 011/02, which harmonizes a third method for demonstrating presumption of conformity with nickel. Published on January 13, 2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) the additional method is a standard for ophthalmic optics and comes under entry 27 to Annex XVII of REACH. Previously, only two methods – EN 1811:2011+A1:2015 and EN 12472:2005+A1:2009 – were harmonized to demonstrate presumption of

Safety and Certification for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

With the global market for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) growing quickly, manufac-turers in this sector must comply with increasingly strict requirements for product safety, reliability and market access. What Are Automated Guided Vehicles? AGVs are electric motor vehicles pre-programmed to autonomously complete tasks such as path selection, collision avoidance and arrival at a destination. Since they provide signifi-cant logistical advantages through their ability to manage material flows automatically, manufacturers wishing to increase

Supervising Certification

Product certification demonstrates compliance to a given standard and usually includes the right to apply a certification mark to the certified product. This assures retailers and consumers of its status. Given the importance of certification, it is important that the use of the certification mark is supervised. Why Is Product Certification Supervised? Product certification involves annual factory inspections as well as supervision to ensure that the high standards satisfied in achieving

Achieving EAC Certification

Exporters of electrical and electronic products to member-states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) must meet new technical regulations (TR) known as either TR CU, or TR EAC. SGS is helping organizations to achieve EAC Certification. The Customs Union (CU) of the EAEU (which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) was formed in 2010. It is now harmonizing existing national standards (GOST-R, TR Russian Federation, ST-B (BLR) and GOST-K) for

JPMA Extends SGS’s Tenure as Laboratory Administrator for Certification Progra …

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has announced its decision to select SGS as Laboratory Administrator for its JPMA Certification Program. This will extend SGS’s current role for a further three years, until 2019, and follows a rigorous request for proposal (RFP) process among leading independent, third-party, global product testing laboratories. The JPMA evaluation, for the position of Laboratory Administrator, looked at five key areas: • Personnel • Operations • Technology • Management • Marketing support In addition, JPMA were keen

New Classification, Labeling and Packaging Regulations

The Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation ensures that chemical hazards are clearly communicated to consumers and workers before they handle them. Body text: The legislation also defines requirements for the packaging of hazardous substances and provides the basis for the safety data sheets (SDSs) regulated under REACH. Before sub-stances and mixtures (formerly preparations) are placed on the market, the industry must establish potential risks to human health and the environment, and

Argentina Introduces New Regulations for Textiles and Footwear

On December 5, 2016, The Bureau of Trade of Argentina published a resolution requiring the presentation of a Product Composition Sworn Declaration (DJCP) to the Bureau of Trade of the Ministry of Production by manufacturers and importers of textile and footwear. The declaration must contain the percentage composition of the fibers or of the constituent materials in the product. The declaration will include supporting evidence regarding the validity of the

New SGS Lab in Vietnam for Jewelry and Candle Making Sectors

In January 2017, SGS officially opened a new laboratory at Hai Phong, in northern Vietnam. The current focus of the facility is on providing state-of-the-art compliance testing facilities and services to the jewelry and candle making industries. With major centers of jewelry and candle manufacture nearby, the laboratory offers a full range of physical and chemical testing services for both industries. During 2017, the facility aims to start issuing reports independently,

SGS Offers Hover Board Certification for Canada and the USA

Having successfully completed the ISO 17025 audit, SGS is now able to offer certification to ISO 17065 and UL 2272 for hover boards destined for sale and distribution in North Ameri-ca. UL 2272 Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters offers a formal framework for the evaluation, testing and certification of these products, commonly referred to as hover boards. Thanks to the accreditation, SGS consumer electronics experts can now test hover boards and

SGS Testing for Biodegradable and Compostable Plastic Bags

By offering third-party testing services, SGS is helping manufacturers, retailers and other organizations to substantiate their claims about the use of biodegradable and/or com-postable plastics. As biodegradable and compostable plastic bags replace older, more polluting, products, organizations want to avoid the potential costs and reputational damage of a legal chal-lenge to their environmental claims. However, the fact that different countries and regions have their own regulatory requirements and guidelines makes the

ECHA Adds Four New SVHCs to Candidate List Under REACH

On January 12, 2017, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) updated its Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to include four new chemicals, bringing the total number of substances listed to 173. The new SVHC Candidates are: • 4,4’-Isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A) • Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts • p-(1,1-Dimethylpropyl)phenol • 4-Heptylphenol, branched and linear These substances have been categorized as toxic to reproduction, as Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT), or

US EPA Issues Final Rule for Formaldehyde Emissions Standard in Composite Wood P …

On December 12, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its final rule and an associated certification program relating to Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood. The new rule, required under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), will become effective on February 10, 2017. The EPA standard is based on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission standard. Once the final rule

US State of Oregon Introduces Rules for Reporting Hazardous Substances in Childr …

The US state of Oregon has issued rules relating to the disclosure of hazardous substances contained within children’s products. Manufacturers of children’s products offered for sale between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, and which contain a substance on the list of high priority chemicals of concern for children’s health (HPCCCHs), are required to submit a notice to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) by January 1, 2018. Following this,

CARB Updates Labeling Rules for Composite Wood Products

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has published the latest revision of its advisory on labelling requirements for composite wood products. Advisory number 384, dated November 2016, applies to panel manufacturers, fabricators of finished goods, and importers, distributors and retailers of panels and finished goods. The revised advisory contains several important changes, including: • Information to be included on the label for panel manufacturers and fabricators of finished goods • The use of language to

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