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22.05.19 - SGS

SGS Expands with New E&E Center Near Lille, France

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification and certification company, this month opened its new test laboratory for electrical and electronics product testing at Oignies, near Lille,... mehr

17.05.19 - SGS

SGS Publishes New White Paper Ahead of Enforcement of the EU’s Updated RoHS2 Regulation

Manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) will face fresh challenges to maintain the CE Mark for their products as new regulations within the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardo... mehr

15.05.19 - SGS

EU Updates EN 71-3 and Strengthens Migration Limit for Chromium (VI) in Certain Toy Materials

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published the latest version of EN 71-3 Safety of Toys - Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements. EN 71-3 covers the migration of 19 elements: 1. ... mehr

13.05.19 - SGS

Myanmar Begins Minimum Labeling Requirements for Priority Consumer Products

On April 26, 2019, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar put into effect minimum labeling requirements for a wide variety of priority consumer products. Published by the Department of Consumer Affair... mehr

10.05.19 - SGS

US FDA Final Rule Categorizes the Safety and Effectiveness of 28 Consumer Hand Sanitizer Active Ingredients

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a final rule on the safety and effectiveness of 28 active ingredients used in consumer hand sanitizers. These 28 active ingredients are consid... mehr

09.05.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Manufacturers Understand Brazilian Regulations for Medical Devices

Brazil is currently one of the fastest growing markets for medical devices in the world. To access it, manufacturers and suppliers must test their products for quality, safety and efficacy, to ensure ... mehr

07.05.19 - SGS

Manufacturers Warned About Large Number of EU RAPEX Notifications for Electrical Products

Stakeholders should be aware that since later 2018 there have been multiple notifications relating to non-conformity in electrical and electronic (EE) products offered onto the market in the European ... mehr

06.05.19 - SGS

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

In March 2019, Hong Kong announced an updated list of six safety standards for toys and five categories of children’s product. These fall under Kong Kong’s Toys and Children’s Safety Ordinance, ... mehr

06.05.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Electric Wheelchair Manufacturers Understand EU Requirements and Standard EN 12184

Electric wheelchair manufacturers are reminded that their products must be safe, robust and conform to the requirements in Annex I of the European Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC before they can be... mehr

02.05.19 - SGS

DLC approves SGS for Testing and Certification of Horticultural Lighting


SGS is pleased to announce that it has been authorized by the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) as an approved Safety Certification body for the testing and certification of LED-based horticultural ligh... mehr

29.04.19 - SGS

Proposal Released to Make PFOS a Priority Chemical for Reporting in Children’s Products in US State of Maine

The US state of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a proposal to designate perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as a Priority Chemical that requires reporting if it i... mehr

26.04.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Manufacturers Understand the Risks Associated with Baby Products

Interest in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first baby is increasing as the due-date approaches. The choice of name, the blanket it is swaddled in, and the clothes it wears, will all make frontpage... mehr

25.04.19 - SGS

SGS offers State-of-the-Art Testing for Electrical and Electronic Products at Taunusstein in Germany

With over 2,500 m² of state-of-the-art laboratories at the Taunusstein site, SGS offers exemplary testing services for the electrical and electronic (EE) industry in Germany and surrounding regions. ... mehr

23.04.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Manufacturers Access China’s Growing Market for Pet Apparel

China has a growing market for pet apparel. Manufacturers are advised to follow the voluntary pet apparel standard - FZ/T 81013-2016 – to help them successful access this lucrative opportunity. FZ... mehr

12.04.19 - SGS

New Guidance Documents Issued for Toy Pools and Musical Instruments by EU


The European Commission (EC) has issued revised versions of its toy guidance documents for pools and musical instruments. Both documents, inter alia, provide clarification on what constitutes a toy ve... mehr

11.04.19 - SGS

Sedex Introduces Changes to Organization of SMETA Audits

On November 1, 2018, Sedex introduced two changes to the way it organizes SMETA audits. Firstly, they introduced a unique reference code for each SMETA audit and, secondly, all audit companies conduct... mehr

09.04.19 - SGS

South Korea Prohibits BPA, BBP and DBP in Food Contact Products for Young Children

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published Notification 2019-2 in January 2019, thereby prohibiting the use of certain phthalates in food contact materials and articles (FCMs) f... mehr

04.04.19 - SGS

European Union Requests Comments on Three Potential SVHCs

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) begun its first public consultation of the year on March 13, 2019. The consultation is looking at the proposal to classify three substances as Substances of Very Hi... mehr

02.04.19 - SGS

WTO Circulates Thai Proposal to Introduce Mandatory Standard for Certain Food Contact Plastics

Thailand has issued proposals to introduce a mandatory standard for food contact materials and articles made from thermoset plastics derived from formaldehyde. Circulated via the World Trade Organis... mehr

21.03.19 - SGS

Are you sitting comfortably? Join SGS’s webinar and discover EN 1022 – the seat stability standard

SGS will host a free webinar on March 28, 2019 to explore Europe’s seat stability test method – EN 1022:2018 – and its updates. What does the new edition mean for your products? Priscille Gal... mehr

19.03.19 - SGS

CEN Publishes New Standard for Antimicrobials in Food Contact Paper and Board

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) issued an updated version of its standard for determining the transfer of antimicrobial constituents from paper and board materials and articles intend... mehr

13.03.19 - SGS

EU ADCO Issues Clarification that Soft Filled Toys with Sequins Should Be Age Graded

The European Union (EU) Administrative Cooperation Group (ADCO) of toy experts has clarified the need for soft filled toys covered either fully or partially with sequins, to comply with the requiremen... mehr

12.03.19 - SGS

BIFMA Updates Standard for Office Storage Units – BIFMA X5.9

On February 7, 2019, the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) released a new version of its storage unit standard – BIFMA X5.9. The updated version replaces the previou... mehr

08.03.19 - SGS

Understanding Antimicrobial Treated Textile Product Registration in Canada and the US

Antimicrobial technologies are utilized for a variety of purposes, including extending a consumer product’s durability, shelf-life or claimed public health benefits. In the textile industry, these a... mehr

05.03.19 - SGS

US Jurisdictions Introduce Bills to Prohibit BPA in Certain Consumer Products

Since the start of 2019, several jurisdictions in the US have introduced bills to regulate bisphenol A (BPA), or BPA-analogues, in some consumer goods. The range of affected consumer products includes... mehr

01.03.19 - SGS

Canadian Province of Manitoba Repeals Regulation for Bedding, Upholstered and Stuffed Articles

On January 24, 2019, the provincial government of Manitoba in Canada announced it will repeal the Bedding and other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, 78/2004. The revocation will become effe... mehr

19.02.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Clothing Manufacturers Prove Sustainability to Consumers with the Higg Index FEM Module and FSLM Module

Manufacturers and suppliers of clothing can no longer ignore the demand from consumers for sustainable production methods. To help stakeholders, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released the th... mehr

14.02.19 - SGS

ISO Updates Standard for Phthalates in Toys and Children’s Products – ISO 8124-6

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 8124-6:2018 in November 2018. This second edition of the standard covering the use of phthalates in toys and children’s product... mehr

08.02.19 - SGS

Lead Acetate Banned as a Hair Coloring Additive in the United States

The United States has banned the use of lead acetate in cosmetic products intended for coloring hair. The change of rule follows current data that shows lead acetate is unsafe when used in this capaci... mehr

07.02.19 - SGS

EU Updates Regulations Covering Food Contact Plastics


The European Union (EU) has published a revision to Regulation (EU) 10/2011, its controls covering food contact plastics. The modification was published as Regulation (EU) 2019/37 on January 11, 2019.... mehr

29.01.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Manufacturers Understand Global Initiatives to Reduce Single-use Plastics

Goal 14 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is the requirement to find ways to conserve our seas and only find sustainable ways to exploit them. Recognition of the damage ‘single-... mehr

28.01.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Companies Access the Growing Global Market for Halal Cosmetics

Global demand for halal cosmetics is rising. Dominated by the Asia-Pacific, Middle-east and African markets, this type of cosmetic product appeals not only to the Muslim Community but also people who ... mehr

25.01.19 - SGS

SGS Reminds Gas Appliance Manufacturers of the Importance of Understanding Target Market Requirements

SGS is reminding manufacturers and suppliers of gas appliances of the importance of understanding and complying with the correct legal requirements for their target market. The profusion of differen... mehr

23.01.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Businesses Understand the Promotion of Gender Equality Via Social Audits

In September 2018, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) published “Gender Equality in Social Auditing Guidance”. It identified the process of auditing as a primary conduit for promoting gender... mehr

22.01.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Textile Manufacturers Understand and Improve Their Use of Hazardous Chemicals

SGS offers assistance to textile manufacturers looking to reduce their reliance on hazardous chemicals. Through hazardous substances control workshops and other services, they provide companies with t... mehr

22.01.19 - SGS

SGS Explains the Reasons for the Delay in Adopting IEC 60601-1, 3.1 edition for Electrical Medical Equipment in China

Towards the end of 2018, official sources in China reported that there was finally movement towards the adoption of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard IEC 60601-1, 3.1 edition. G... mehr

18.01.19 - SGS

Fifteen Chinese Cities or Provinces Update Monthly Minimum Wages in 2018


Figures from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security show that fifteen provinces or cities updated their monthly minimum wage standard in 2018.... mehr

16.01.19 - SGS

SGS Informs Manufacturers of the EU’s Restriction on o-phenylphenol and its Salts in Cosmetics


On November 27, 2018, the European Commission issued new restrictions on the use of o-phenylphenol and its salts in cosmetic products. Regulation (EU) 2018/1847 enters into force twenty days after its... mehr

14.01.19 - SGS

SGS Installs State-of-the-Art Freezer at Explosive Atmosphere Testing Facility in Buxton

SGS has announced the installation of a state-of-the-art freezer chamber at its Ex testing laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire. The new freezer is capable of operating down to -70°C and is large enough ... mehr

10.01.19 - SGS

SGS Helps Manufacturers Understand North American Regulations on Flame Retardants

Indiana University recently identified new or traditional flame retardant (FR) chemicals in fifteen of the eighteen children’s car seats they tested. The fact these articles are used in poorly venti... mehr

09.01.19 - SGS

Ontario Improves Competitiveness in Upholstered and Stuffed Article Sector by Revoking Provincial Legislation


The provincial government of Ontario, Canada, has published an act entitled – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. The act contains over thirty proposed actions across eleven Ministries.... mehr

03.01.19 - SGS

Turkey Introduces Regulations on POP Chemicals

Turkey has introduced regulations covering the use of persistent organic pollutant (POP) chemicals (kalici organic kirleticiler (KOK) in Turkish). The new legislation seeks to: • Prohibit their man... mehr

31.12.18 - SGS

New Voluntary Standard for Food Contact Enamels Published by ISO

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a completely new voluntary standard for testing vitreous and porcelain enamels that come into contact with food. Published in S... mehr

20.12.18 - SGS

Hong Kong Consults on Changes to Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products


Stakeholders have until December 31, 2018, to comment on proposals by the Hong Kong authorities to update safety standards for certain toys and children’s products. The consultation was launched on... mehr

19.12.18 - SGS

China Updates its Standard for Wool Trousers and Skirts – GB/T 2666-2017

The National Technical Committee of Garments of the Standardization Administration of China has released a new version of its product standard for trousers and skirts – GB/T 2666-2017. The standar... mehr

14.12.18 - SGS

Sign Up to the latest ‘Toy Updates’ e-newsletter from SGS

The December issue of ‘Toy Updates’ from SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is out now. Aimed at toy manufacturers, retailers and importers, t... mehr

12.12.18 - SGS

Europe Issues Revised Seat Stability Test Method Standard EN 1022


The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a revised version of EN 1022, its furniture seating standard to determine stability. The new version, EN 1022:2018, was published on Nove... mehr

10.12.18 - SGS

ISO Creates New Migration Limits for Finger Paints with Amendment 2 to ISO 8124-3:2010

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published amendment 2 to ISO 8124-3:2010 - Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements. The updated standard considered specia... mehr

10.12.18 - SGS

Saudi Arabia Introduces New Technical Regulations for Textile Products


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s new ‘Technical Regulations for Textile Products’ will be implemented on February 23, 2019. The new regulations – 13.02.1439H – (24.8.2018) – were published on... mehr

05.12.18 - SGS

SGS in Hong Kong secures long-term capability to Certify Composite Wood Products for the US Market

SGS in Hong Kong is proud to announce that it has become the first Third-Party Certifier (TPC) to be accredited by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) – an award which secures its long-term c... mehr

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