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EU Signals Intention to Restrict Deca-BDE

The European Union (EU) has made clear its intention to restrict the use of decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE) (CAS No. 1163-19-5). On May 4, 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification from the EU prohibiting the placing of Deca-BDE on the market as a substance. In addition, the EU is seeking to restrict the use of Deca-BDE to no more than 0.1% in articles and mixtures, including consumer products. This

Companies Warned About “Bounty-Hunter Lawsuits” in California

Settlement data from the last four years reveals the financial implications for companies, operating in the US State of California, who are not compliant with California Proposition 65. Companies operating in the US State of California are being warned about the risk from “bounty-hunter lawsuits” issued under California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). This is because the primary enforcement mechanism for Prop 65 is civil law suits, which often result in monetary

Westchester County Delays Law Restricting Some Chemicals in Children’s Product …

Westchester County, in New York State, has delayed enforcement of a new law prohibiting the sale of children’s products containing certain toxic chemicals. Westchester County plans to implement the law following the settlement of a similar law between Albany County and the Safe to Play Coalition. In May 2015, Westchester County announced the adoption of a law ‘Prohibiting the Sale of Children’s Products Containing Certain Chemicals’. This legislation sought to

How Long Should Electrical And Electronics Products Last?

The German Environment Agency (UBA) report1 into the life span of electrical appliances and electronic devices (or E&E) recommends introducing a minimum period of service life, or durability. The aim is to combat the impact that these products have upon the environment and climate. Released in February 2016 and conducted by the Öko-Institut and Bonn University, the UBA-commissioned report sets out to: 1) Investigate usage duration and product life span patterns 2) Gather information

Children’s Make-Up Faces Up To Reality

To ensure that consumer products are safe, the EU issues various regulations and directives, and manufacturers must comply with those that are relevant. For example, the EU-cosmetics regulation1 and the EU directive for toy safety2 govern the activities of manufacturers in those industries. However, there may be confusion over which rules apply to so-called borderline products where the overlap between toys and cosmetics is less than clear. Applying the wrong

New EU Regulations Mean Changes to PPE Legislation

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. Regulation 425/2016/EU was approved on March 9, 2016, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on March 31, 2016. The directive will come into effect on April 21, 2018. The acceptance of

California Concludes a Number of Prop 65 Settlements Involving Phthalates

Since January 1, 2016, a number of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Consent Decrees and/or Settlement Agreements (Settlements) have been concluded relating to the use of phthalates in consumer products. These settlements relate to the reformulation of certain phthalates in: • Bluetooth speakers • Clothing apparel with graphic images • Deck sprayers • Handheld vacuums • Media holders • Plastic vacuum hoses • Safety goggles • Speakerphone cords • Toilet seats • Vacuum cleaner hoses • Vinyl/PVC clamp grips • Vinyl/PVC office storage and filing products • Vinyl/PVC cords • Vinyl/PVC suits • Wine boxes with vinyl/PVC gripping components In a

European Commission Modifies Regulations on Potassium Hydroxide in Cosmetics Pro …

On April 21, 2016, the European Commission amended the regulations regarding the use of Potassium Hydroxide in Cosmetics. The publishing of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/622 has required a redraft of entry 15a and the insertion of entry 15d into Annex III of Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. The change in regulation follows a study by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) which concluded that Potassium Hydroxide could be considered safe for

Zinc Oxide and Nano Zinc Oxide Approved for Use in Cosmetics Products

On April 21, 2016, the European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/621 to allow Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and Nano Zinc Oxide to be used as an ingredient in cosmetic products. The European Commission has incorporated two new entries, Reference 30 and 30a, into Annex VI of Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. This follows a study by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) which concluded that Zinc Oxide and its Nano form

Benzo[def]chrysene is Added to the Candidate List of SVHCs by ECHA

On June 20, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added Benzo[def]chrysene to its Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The addition of Benzo[def]chrysene means that there are now 169 SVHCs listed. Benzo[def]chrysene (IUPAC name: Benzo[a]pyrene) belongs to the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) group of substances, some of which are well-known to be hazardous to human health and the environment. While Benzo[def]chrysene has no specific function, it is

Vermont Delays the Reporting Start Date for Chemicals of High Concern to Childre …

Following the signing into law of bill H.595 by the governor of Vermont on June 1, 2016, the start date for reporting Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC) has been delayed until January 1, 2017. In 2014, the US State of Vermont enacted S.239 as 18 V.S.A. Chapter 38A which requires a manufacturer or trade association representative to report, to the Vermont Department of Health, the presence of certain

APSCA Announces The Appointment Of The Executive Director

The Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) is pleased to announce that Rona Starr has been appointed as the Executive Director. All founding members are excited to welcome Rona Starr on board – founding members include: Arche Advisors, Bureau Veritas, Elevate, Intertek, Rina, SGS, TUV Rheinland, TUV Sud, and UL. “We are delighted to have such a passionate, experienced and energetic individual take on the role as Executive Director,”
06-15-2016 | Logistics & Transport
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Ashridge Business School gains competitive advantage from recent ISO 50001 certi …

Ashridge Business School is a centre for management and organisational learning, renowned for its commitment to sustainability and seeking excellence in every aspect of its work. The school ensures its education, consulting and research work is consistent with the principles of sustainable development and this has been helped by its recent work with SGS United Kingdom Ltd in its certification to ISO 50001. Although the property is Grade 1 listed,
03-21-2016 | Energy & Environment
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SGS BRIDGING THE GAP TO FURTHER ENERGY SAVINGS

(21 MARCH 2016, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) SGS United Kingdom Ltd is launching workshops to help ESOS compliant companies understand the benefits of moving from ESOS energy assessments to ISO 50001 certification – the only compliance route providing a framework to continually improve energy performance. Introduced by the government to improve energy performance and meet EU legislation, ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) specifies that businesses with more than 250 employees, €50 million

The Business Case for Robust and Effective Sustainability Communications

Objective The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organizations to create leading and robust sustainability communications. As global attention is placed on the sustainability performance of organizations around the World, companies have never needed to ensure their message on their sustainability position is clearer, sharper and more focused than ever. Some global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting will mean

SGS Organizes Learning Sessions Across the US to Help Medical Device Industry

SGS, a leading Medical Devices Notified Body will arrange a series of events on 16-19 September to provide manufacturers across the country with an opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading medical device experts, discuss updates on the most acute topics and their implications to the industry. The educational sessions offer insights to the changing European regulatory landscape for Medical Device companies, in-depth analysis of the challenges faced by
02-27-2013 | Health & Medicine
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New Webinar: "Realizing Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security by 3rd Party GMP an …

SGS invites you to register for the complimentary webinar "Realizing Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security by 3rd party GMP and GDP Audits" on February 26, 2013. As a result of recent changes in regulations and directives, more action by manufacturers of medicinal products is required to control their international partners for manufacturing, storage, and shipment. The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation/15-minute Q&A) is to present the key role of third party

Complimentary webinar "Biofuel - Chain of Custody in Supply Chains"

SGS invites you to register for the complimentary webinar "Biofuel - Chain of Custody in Supply Chains" on February 19, 2013.

Complimentary webinar "Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead …

SGS invites you to register for the complimentary webinar "Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead in Communications" on February 21, 2013.

Webinar Update: "Where Next for Sustainability Communications?"

SGS invites you to attend the 45-minute complimentary webinar "Where Next for Sustainability Communications?" on 27 November 2012.
11-12-2012 | Health & Medicine
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Webinar Update: "Clinical Evaluation: Current Challenges and Best Practice"

SGS invites you to attend the 45-minute complimentary webinar "Clinical Evaluation: Current Challenges and Best Practice" on 28 November 2012.

Webinar Update: "Implementation of Cosmetics GMP following ISO 22716"

The objective of this 60-minute complimentary webinar is to provide information on how to comply with the new EU regulation for cosmetics products, EC 1123/2009. Agenda •Background •Introduction on EC 1223/2009 •GMP quality approach for Cosmetic Ingredients and finished products •Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetic ingredients and finished products •Certification possibilities for Cosmetic organizations Target Audience This webinar will be most of interest to those that have a general interest in the GMP
10-26-2012 | Health & Medicine
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SGS AT MEDICA 2012 – ‘GET YOUR PRODUCT TO MARKET FASTER, WE KNOW THE WAY’

MEDICA 2012, the world's most important trade fair for the medical sector will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from November 14-17. At this year's event, SGS will share its exhibition stand with the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). MEDICA 2012 is the world's most important trade fair for the medical sector, and this year SGS is sharing its exhibition stand with the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). The long list

SGS Webinar: "ISO 26000 – Two Years On"

The objective of this 45 minute complimentary webinar is to provide an initial overview of the ISO 26000 standard now that it is now approaching two years old. The launch of the ISO 26000 standard was a landmark in social responsibility because it clearly defined and plotted an overview for organizations to develop and improve their performance in social responsibility. This webinar will review and assess the progress of ISO

SGS Webinar on "Carbon Footprint: Update of ISO 14067 Development"

The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to provide an update on the trends on goods/services Carbon Footprint (CFP) quantification/verification/communication; give a current development status about the requirements and guidelines of ISO/DIS 14067 standard; and the possible application of the new ISO standard. Background With increasingly concern of climate change issues, the emission of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) all over the world and how to account, manage and reduce them are hot

New SGS Webinar: EU Timber Regulation Update

SGS invites you to attend the webinar "EU Timber Regulation Update" on October 18, 2012. The objective of this complimentary webinar is to provide participants with an understanding of the Articles within the Regulation to assess the impact of the Regulation against their activities. The webinar will also provide information about the services and solutions offered by SGS to facilitate compliance with the Regulation. Agenda: EUTR Update Requirements to Due Diligence Systems Gathering information Conducting Risk

New Webinar: Security in the Global Supply Chain

SGS invites you to attend the webinar "Supply Chain Management: Security in the Global Supply Chain" on September 20, 2012. The objective of this 45-minute webinar is to give an overview and understanding of ISO 28000:2007 Supply Chain Security Management System, the requirements and certification process including possible integration to other existing management system and security programs. AGENDA Definition of Supply Chain Security Management Introduction to ISO 28000 Integration to other Management System and Security

New Webinar: "Preparing for the New Changes in Notified Body Audits and Technica …

SGS invites you to attend the 45-minute complimentary webinar "Preparing for the New Changes in Notified Body Audits and Technical File Reviews" on 23 October 2012. The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to inform manufacturers of the likely changes they will start to experience in audits and technical documentation reviews from Notified Bodies. These changes are starting to occur now and will continue to be introduced during 2013. Agenda Why
07-03-2012 | Energy & Environment
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Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – Requirements & Benefits

SGS invites you to attend the webinar "Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – Requirements & Benefits" on 17 July 2012. Objective The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to give an initial overview and taster to the Biofuels production and supply chain (agricultural producers, traders, bioethanol/biodiesel producers, Oil and Gas companies), Food and Pharmaceutical sectors, about the requirements of the RSPO scheme (Round Table for Sustainable

SGS Provides Technical Assistance for Start-up of Compression Units in Brazil

SGS to Provide Technical Assistance at Three Sites in Brazil from May to September 2012 In April 2012, SGS was awarded a contract to provide technical assistance for the start-up of three gas compression stations in Brazil. During the contract, scheduled from May to September 2012, SGS provides technical support for the installation of eleven turbocharger compressors, located in Piúma, Aracruz and Prado, Brazil. The Added Value of SGS Services SGS project teams,

Event Update: UTZ Certified – A Sustainability Program for Coffee, Cocoa and T …

SGS invites you to attend the webinar "UTZ Certified – A Sustainability Program for Coffee, Cocoa and Tea” on 10 July 2012, Tuesday, by John Terry, SGS Global Product Manager – Food Supply Chain Assurance. Objective The objective of this complimentary webinar is to provide an overview of UTZ Certified for coffee, cocoa and tea. Agenda The 45-minute webinar aims to introduce you to UTZ Certified. Now, more than ever, we want to

SGS Successfully Conducts Expert Panel Discussion on AIM and Advanced NDT Techni …

On May 7, 2012, SGS successfully conducted an expert panel discussion on Asset Integrity Management (AIM) along with advanced NDT techniques’ demonstration session at the Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan. News description: On May 7, 2012, SGS successfully conducted an expert panel discussion on Asset Integrity Management (AIM) along with advanced NDT techniques’ demonstration session at the Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan. SGS Promotes Understanding of Theoretical and Practical Asset Integrity

SGS Thailand Certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

SGS has been approved according to the procedures and acceptance criteria as established by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an autonomous and independent foundation whose purpose is to secure and protect life, property, and the environment both on land and at sea, and is now among the certified and listed service suppliers. SGS Certified Non-Destructive Testing Methods SGS non-destructive testing services, including magnetic particle, penetrant, ultrasonic and radiographic testing methods have been verified

New Webinar: ISO 20121 Standard as it is Launched

SGS invites you to attend the webinar entitled "New ISO 20121 Standard as it is Launched". The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to provide an update on the ISO 20121 standard for sustainable event management as it is launched. The pre-cursor, BS 8901 has been in existence for a couple of years and has attracted great interest. The advent of ISO 20121 will provide a guide to support organizations to

IECQ HSPM QC 080000:2012 Released With Inputs by SGS

The highly anticipated IECQ HSPM QC 080000:2012 is released on June 1, 2012. The QC 080000 Specification has recently undergone an upgrade from 2005 version to 2012 version. The new Specification clarifies how organizations can use IECQ QC 080000 to manage their hazardous substances other than just emphasizing the removal and avoiding restricted substances in the products. Advantages of the new version include: 1. The QC 080000:2012 not

SGS Provides Free Webinar on Efficient Flange Face Inspection in June

In response to a growing interest in non-destructive testing methods, the SGS Competence Center for Non-Destructive Testing is to host a free 60-minute webinar entitled “Efficient Flange Face Inspection”, moderated by Ton Kooren, Global Expert Advanced NDT at SGS. Process piping is often connected with flanges, strengthening rims used for attaching objects to one another. There are many conditions under which corrosion appears on the flange faces posing serious danger, which

SGS Provides Quality Assurance and Safety Monitoring for Transmission Line in In …

SGS was awarded a contract to provide comprehensive quality assurance and safety monitoring services on the transmission line near Surat, in India by a major player in the power and energy sector in India on March 19, 2012. The contracted works, which started at the beginning of April, include the monitoring of all field activities and the pre-dispatch inspection of materials and equipment bought for the laying of the 440KV transmission

SGS Offers Complimentary Webinar on Industrial Digital Radiography

In response to an increasing interest in non-destructive testing methods, the SGS Competence Center for Non-Destructive Testing is to host a free 60-minute webinar entitled “Industrial Digital Radiography, When to Use What?”, moderated by Alexander Metselaar, Strategic Business Leader NDT. Digital evolution in the field of radiography has produced a variety of new techniques within just the last few years resulting in uncertainty as to which techniques are best suited for

SGS Receives Third Party Services Contracts for Tarragona Cracker Octene Plant f …

In January 2012, SGS was assigned two contracts for comprehensive third party services by Dow Chemical for their Tarragona Cracker Octene Plant in Spain. The contracts have been awarded in anticipation of the maintenance shutdown that has been scheduled at the plant for May 2012. Dow Chemical is an American multinational chemical corporation with headquarters in Midland, in the industrial state of Michigan, United States. In order to assure optimum

SGS Provides Pre and Post Weld Heat Treatment Services for CB&I in Colombia

SGS was awarded a contract to provide pre- and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) services for the expansion project at the Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (REFICAR) refinery in Cartagena, Colombia by CB&I on March 20, 2012. During the contract, scheduled for fourteen months to begin on April 1 this year and proceed until June 2013, SGS will provide PWHT services in compliance with manufacturing codes ASME VIII, ASME B31.3 and B31.1

SGS Acquires Vitrology Limited, Glasgow, UK and Enhances Offering for Biologic T …

SGS announced on May 18th the acquisition of Vitrology Limited based in Glasgow, UK. Vitrology is a biopharmaceutical Contract Testing Organization and a dynamic force in the biosafety testing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Founded in 2007 and privately owned, Vitrology has 38 employees with sales agents in North America and Asia. In 2011, it generated revenue in excess of £3 million. At its state-of-the-art GLP/cGMP laboratory facility, Vitrology provides a

SGS Provides Inspection and Expediting Services for Saipem

SGS Supports Saipem in Various Projects SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification was awarded a contract to provide comprehensive inspection and expediting services for various on- and off-shore projects by Saipem. The contract, signed in February 2012, will last until end of December 2014. Headquartered in Milan, Saipem, which has been operating in the oilfield service industry as a gas and oil contractor offering engineering and construction of on-

SGS to Conduct Ancillary Services Performance Testing in Turkish Gas Power Plant …

Enerjisa Chooses SGS for Performance Testing Enerjisa (Joint Venture of Sabanci Holding and Verbund) has appointed SGS to conduct performance testing of ancillary services provided by four natural gas combined-cycle power plants located in Adana, Mersin, Canakkale and Bandirma in Turkey. SGS expert testing will determine regulatory compliance of these services. Diverse supplemental technical services support the transmission of power from the producer to the consumer within local control areas to
05-18-2012 | Energy & Environment
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ew Webinar: ISO 20121 - Sustainability & Event Management

The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to provide an initial overview of the soon to be released ISO 20121 standard for sustainable event management. The pre-cursor, BS 8901 has been in existence for a couple of years and has attracted great interest. Agenda 1. Background and Review of the proposed ISO 20121 Standard 2. An Overview of What Organizations can do to achieve ISO 20121 3. An Outline of SGS Can
05-10-2012 | Energy & Environment
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SGS Participates in RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2012 in London, UK

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will participate in the 11th RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2012 Conference and Exhibition held in London, UK on June 13-14, 2012. At stand 545, SGS’s team of experts will demonstrate the wide portfolio of services it offers to the renewable energy industry at stand 545. RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2012, held at the international exhibition and convention center ExCeL London, is

SGS Provides NDT Services for Escravos Gas Project in Nigeria

On February 11, 2012, SGS was awarded a non-destructive testing services contract by West African Ventures (WAV) for the Escravos Gas Project (EGP-3) in Nigeria. For the duration of the contract, SGS will provide non-destructive testing of welds using x-ray pipeline crawlers, ultrasonic testing (UT) and magnetic particle testing services. EGP-3, which is located within the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, is one of the largest projects ever to
05-03-2012 | Energy & Environment
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New Webinar: European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)

SGS invites you to attend the webinar "European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)". This 45-minute complimentary webinar will inform you of key points and recent development of the Regulation and help you to understand the likely impact on your day-to-day activities. The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to inform you of key points and recent development of the Regulation and help you to understand the likely impact on your day-to-day activities. Participants

SGS Provides Inspection Services for Gas Power Plant in Iraq

SGS was chosen by LANCO Group, one of India’s most outstanding companies offering engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, to provide independent inspection of equipment and material at vendor locations in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East as well as to manage on-site quality control for the construction of its new gas power plant in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq. The AKAZ power plant boasts a capacity of 2x125 MW

New Webinar: Sustainability Communications - Trends and Developments

The objective of this 45-minute complimentary webinar is to provide an overview of the latest trends and developments in sustainability communications and reporting. As we move towards Rio20+ a number of consortiums are calling for a greater level of sustainability reporting to ensure that global sustainability goals can be met. AGENDA Background of Sustainability Reporting and Communication An Assessment of Progress, Trends and Developments in Sustainability Communications An Analysis of Where Reporting and Communications

SGS Successfully Conducts Asset Integrity Management (AIM) Awareness Session in …

SGS is pleased to announce the success of its ‘Asset Integrity Management (AIM) Awareness’ seminar, which was held at the Carlton Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan on March 7, 2012, from 9am to 1:30pm. The seminar, conducted by Muhammed Aqeel, Operations Manager at SGS Pakistan, highlighted asset integrity management (AIM) services offered by SGS to increase awareness of risk based inspections, inspection data management systems and mechanical integrity management systems in

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