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SGS Expands Furniture Services to Assist Vietnam’s Growing Furniture Export In …

SGS has responded to Vietnam’s recent 7.9% growth in gross domestic product and the opportunities for international trade this presents to the furniture industry, with an expansion in capabilities. Despite a long history of domestic furniture manufacturing, there has only been a single recognizable furniture industry for about 20 years. It has now grown into the second largest exporter of furniture in the Asia-Pacific region, and fifth in the world.

New York State Assembly Approves ‘Harper’s Law’ to Improve Safety in Cloth …

The New York State Assembly has passed ‘Harper’s Law’, a law requiring retailers to only sell clothing storage units that comply with industry recognized standard ASTM F2057. Passed on May 30. 2019, ‘Harper’s Law’ is named after Harper Fried, a three-year-old who died in 2016 as a result of a clothing storage unit tip-over incident. ASTM F2057 “Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units” is a voluntary US standard, originally

EU Updates Rules for Persistent Organic Compounds with Recast POPs Regulation

On June 25, 2019, the European Union (EU) published Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, recasting the EU’s Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation. The original POPs Regulation - Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 – has been amended several times, making recasting a necessity to preserve clarity as new amendments are introduced. POPs are organic compounds that threaten both the environment and human health. Exposures to these compounds can lead to bio-accumulation in the fatty

EU Adds Over 200 Prohibited Substances n Cosmetics Regulation Update

On May 22, 2019, the European Commission amended Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 by updating Annexes II, III and V. The new regulation, (EU) 2019/831, updated the annexes in regard to substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) – categories 1A, 1B or 2 under Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 as at December 1, 2018. The amendments include the inclusion of over 200 entries to Annex II for prohibited substances, and

RAPEX 2018 Annual Report Shows Stabilization in Annual Dangerous Product Reports

The 2018 RAPEX annual report has been released by the European Commission and it shows there has been a stabilization in the number of notifications and Member State follow-up actions. It also suggests online products need closer inspection. The report shows that in 2018: • 2,257 alerts were sent through the Rapid Alert System with 4,050 follow-up actions • Toys remain the most notified product category (31%), followed by: motor vehicles (19%), clothing & textiles

China Publishes Arrangements of Conformity Assessment System for China RoHS 2

The Chinese Authorities have published their implementation arrangements for the conformity assessment system relating to China RoHS 2. Published jointly by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), "The Implementation Arrangements for the Conformity Assessment System for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Appliances and Electronic Products" describes two routes for conformity assessment. These are: • “Voluntary Certification for the Restriction of Hazardous

State of Maine Extends Toxic Chemical Packaging Regulations for Food Packaging

The US state of Maine has enacted an amendment to Title 32 of the Maine Revised Statutes entitled, ‘An Act to Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging’. Signed by the governor on June 13, 2019, the bill – L.D. 1433 – revises Chapter 26-A ‘Reduction of Toxics in Packaging’ and adds a new section, Chapter 26-B ‘Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging’. Chapter 26-A revisions include: • Scope

CARB Consults Over VOC Emission Reductions in 21 Consumer Product Categories

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced a list of 47 consumer product categories to undergo consideration in Public Work Group Meetings on whether reductions in volatile organic compounds (VIC) are feasible. To date, 21 product categories have been reviewed. These include: • Hair finishing spray • No rinse shampoo/dry conditioner • Dye, permanent • Laundry detergent • Liquid fabric softener • Dish detergent/soap • Aerosol cooking spray • Air freshener o Single phase aerosol o Double phase aerosol o Dual purpose/disinfectant o Liquid/pump spray o Solid/semisolid • Bathroom & tile cleaner (aerosol) • General purpose cleaner

SGS Colombia first Certification Body (CB) to be accredited by ONAC for primary …

SGS, the leading provider of verification, inspection, testing and certification services, has become first company in Colombia to be accredited by ONAC, Colombia’s National Accreditation Body, to certify products in accordance with Resolution 0721-2018, the primary battery regulation. Following a review by Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development the country’s new primary battery regulation, Resolution 0721-2018, comes into force in July

New Customs Requirements for Samples Being Sent to Turkey for Testing

Turkish Customs has changed its requirements for samples being send to Turkey for testing by third parties. Applicable from May 15, 2019, all samples must now have a specified content name on the consignment note and invoice documents. This means that generalized terms, such as apparel, caps, leather articles and textiles, are no longer acceptable. Instead, the sender must more accurately identify the products using terms such as men’s shirts,

Six California Prop 65 60-Day Notices Issued for Hexavalent Chromium on Leather …

Six California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) 60-day notices have recently been issued in relation to the use of hexavalent chromium in leather goods. These serve as an intent to instigate legal proceedings. Chromium (hexavalent compounds, Cr (VI)) was included on the Prop 65 list in 1987, as a chemical that causes cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive problems. Since 1987 there had been no settlements relating to this substance and its

CARB Publishes Updated Guidance for Composite Wood Products Industry

In May 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) published two revised guides to help the composite wood products industry. These are: • Status of US EPA Formaldehyde Regulation and a Comparison with CARB Regulation • Comparison of Key Requirements of CARB and US EPA TSCA Title VI Regulations to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products These guides will help stakeholders comply with both Californian and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. CARB

Three U.S. States Announce Plans to Address Microfiber Pollution

Several U.S. states have issued proposals to tackle the problem of microfibers shedding from synthetic fabrics during home laundry processes. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic are believed to shed microfibers during washing. Filtration in domestic appliances is unable to capture these microfibers, which ultimately end up in inland waterways and the sea. It is believed this pollution will eventually affect human health as well. Concerns are now being raised

California Introduces Proposal to Strengthen its Metal-Containing Jewelry Law

California has introduced a bill to revise its Metal-Containing Jewelry law. Published in February 2019, SB 647 will make a number of important changes if accepted. These include: Adopting federal standards for lead content in children’s jewelry New definition of age limit for children’s jewelry to be similar (but not identical) to the Canadian Children’s Jewelry Regulations (SOR/2018-82) Establishing soluble cadmium

Washington State Introduces Comprehensive Toxic Substances and Pollution Law

The US State of Washington has signed into law a comprehensive toxic substances and pollution control law that will identify, restrict and ban certain hazardous substances from being used in consumer products and packaging. Once enacted, it will be one of the most restrictive hazardous substances laws in the US. Substitute Senate Bill 5135 also amends current pollution and children’s safe product legislation and is an addition to the Public Health

SGS Summarizes Several California Proposition 65 Settlements Involving Consumer …

In California, several settlements have been reached relating to the use of listed substances in consumer products. While these consent agreements only bind the named parties, all businesses operating in California are advised to stay aware of them to help avoid potential future problems. California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), or the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, was passed in November 1986. It requires the state to maintain

Health Canada Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist

Health Canada is seeking comments on its plans to revise the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. Stakeholders have until July 1, 2019, to submit responses. The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist contains substances that, if used in cosmetics, may violate the general prohibition found in section 16 of the Food and Drugs Act and/or requirements in the Cosmetic Regulations. It therefore acts as a way to prohibit certain substances from being in cosmetics. It was

SGS Releases Summaries of California Proposition 65 Settlements for Lead and Pht …

Several California Proposition 65 settlements and judgements have been reached relating to the inclusion of lead and certain phthalates in consumer products. While consent agreements only affect the named parties, all businesses operating in California are advised to stay cognisant of them to help avoid potential future litigation. California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), or the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, is a ballot initiative that passed overwhelmingly

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, France. Approved under the Management Quality System of Aix en Provence, the new 25 m² facility enables safety and performance tests to be undertaken on product categories ranging from household appliances and power tools to office equipment, lighting products and laboratory equipment. Located adjacent to

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

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 Hazardous Substances Directive, or RoHS2, (2011/65/EU) come into force this summer. In its latest White Paper ‘European Union RoHS2 – Understanding Requirements and Compliance Strategies’, SGS reviews the aims and objectives of the Directive and explores the likely impact and consequences for EEE

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

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. Aluminium 2. Antimony 3. Arsenic 4. Barium 5. Boron 6. Cadmium 7. Chromium (III) 8. Chromium (VI) 9. Cobalt 10. Copper 11. Lead 12. Manganese 13. Mercury 14. Nickel 15. Selenium 16. Strontium 17. Tin 18. Organic tin 19. Zinc The 2019 iteration of the standard contains several technical changes to its predecessor, EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018. These include making the standard analogous to the changes brought in by Directive (EU) 2018/725, which amended Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called

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 Affairs as Directive No.1/2019, it states that the requirements are for the safety of consumers and must follow the list of consumer goods included in Notification No. 1/2018, published on October 26, 2018. The label must be in the Myanmar

US FDA Final Rule Categorizes the Safety and Effectiveness of 28 Consumer Hand S …

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 considered Category II – not generally recognized as safe and effective or misbranded. They include: 1. Benzethonium chloride 2. Chloroxylenol 3. Chlorhexidine gluconate 4. Cloflucarban 5. Fluorosalan 6. Hexachlorophene 7. Hexylresorcinol 8. Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate) 9. Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol) 10. Methylbenzethonium chloride 11. Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine 12. Phenol (equal to or less

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 they meet mandatory requirements set out by the National Health Surveillance Agency – ANVISA. Certification that the product conforms to these requirements must be carried out by a certification body accredited by CGCRE – General Coordination for Accreditation

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

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 Union (EU). Notifications issued through the EU’s Rapid Alert System for dangerous and non-food products, RAPEX, show that dozens of EE products have been found to contain substances that exceed restriction limits under the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).

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, which stipulates products must comply with applicable requirements from one of the safety standards specified in Schedules 1 and 2. The amended list contains standards which are either recognized international standards or standards that are adopted by major economies.

SGS Helps Electric Wheelchair Manufacturers Understand EU Requirements and Stand …

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 offered onto the market in the European Union (EU). This requires adequate testing against the correct standards. Under the European Medical Directive, wheelchairs are classified as Class I. This means the manufacturer is responsible for declaring the product complies

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 lighting. The DLC, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions, promotes high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products in collaboration with utilities and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and federal, state, and local entities. John Ciliege,

Proposal Released to Make PFOS a Priority Chemical for Reporting in Children’s …

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 is used in certain children’s products. If the proposal is accepted, stakeholders will be required to report the intentional addition of PFOS to certain categories of children’s products, if it exceeds the practical quantification limit (PQL). The categories are: • Child care articles • Children’s clothing,

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 news and this will, in turn, alter fashions and the choices made by other new parents. While companies may wish to take advantage of these opportunities, they must make sure their products are safe and comply

SGS offers State-of-the-Art Testing for Electrical and Electronic Products at Ta …

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. Established in 1848, the Taunusstein site has been testing products for over 171 years. Extensive investment at the site has allowed it to grow to a point where it now employs over 230 workers and operates eight laboratories, including two specializing in

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/T 81013-2016 is technically the standard for dog apparel, but it actually covers clothing made from textiles for all pets. It covers: 1. Instructions for use – must conform to GB/T 5296.4 and label chest girth and top length in cm 2. Specification –

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 version of the product. The revised version of the guidance document for toy musical instruments clarifies the grey area between a toy and an actual musical instrument. It also provides information on why and how to classify certain toys. The document also

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 conducting SMETA audits are now required to pay a fee to access SMETA or upload a non-SMETA audit onto the Sedex platform. Sedex is a global organization whose operations cover a wide range of industries, including retailers, manufacturers, financial institutions,

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

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) for young children. The notification amended ‘Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages’, making several changes, including: • Expanding the prohibition on the use of bisphenol A (BPA), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and di-butyl phthalate (DBP) from baby bottles to all

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 High Concern (SVHCs). The three substances under consultation are: 1. 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering all individual isomers and combinations) 2. 2-methoxyethyl acetate 3. Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP) The first

WTO Circulates Thai Proposal to Introduce Mandatory Standard for Certain Food Co …

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 Organisation (WTO), the draft standard, designated TIS 2921-25XX(20XX), will cover the follow resins if adopted: • Melamine-formaldehyde (MF) • Melamine-urea-formaldehyde (MUF) • Urea-formaldehyde (UF) Amongst other things, the draft standard covers: • Scope and definitions • Physical requirements • Requirements for: o Overall migration - ≤ 10 mg/dm² using EN 1186 Parts 3 and 9 o Formaldehyde (specific

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

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 Galceran, SGS’s International Furniture Technical and Business Manager, will host this event and open your eyes to the changes, in just 15 minutes. She will guide the audience through the applicability of EN 1022:2018, key modifications through

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 intended for food contact in November 2018. EN 1104:2018 ‘Paper and board intended to come into contact with foodstuffs – Determination of the transfer of antimicrobial constituents’, replaces EN 1104:2005. It contains several changes, including: • New definition for ‘Inhibition Zone’ – now defined

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

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 requirements for age grading. Directive 2009/48/EC, often referred to as the European Toy Safety Directive (TSD), considers soft filled toys with simple features intended for holding and cuddling, to be toys aimed at children under 3 years of age. The publishing

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 previous 2012 version and is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). BIFMA X5.9 provides a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability and structural performance of storage units used in offices. It defines specific tests, laboratory equipment, conditions of test, and

Understanding Antimicrobial Treated Textile Product Registration in Canada and t …

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 are used to create a biologically active surface that improves freshness, supports hygiene and increases odor control. Because these substances are often regulated, manufacturers and suppliers must ensure they understand the registration criteria employed in Canada and the United States of America. Health Canada’s Pest

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 childcare articles, food containers for young children, paper and toys. The jurisdictions, scope and effective dates are: • Hawaii - HB 139 (HD1) ‘Toxin-Free Keiki Act’ o Reusable food/drink containers for children under 3, January 1, 2021 • Illinois - HB 2076 o Paper for business

Canadian Province of Manitoba Repeals Regulation for Bedding, Upholstered and St …

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 effective on January 1, 2020. The change means, from January 1, 2020, manufacturers, renovators, home hobby/craft operators and other person subject to the regulation, will no longer need to register with the Consumer Protection Office or label their products per the Bedding

SGS Helps Clothing Manufacturers Prove Sustainability to Consumers with the Higg …

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 third iteration of its Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM) in 2017. The Higg Index FEM helps businesses assess their environmental sustainability. In 2018, the SAC also released the Facilities Social and Labour Module (FSLM) allowing businesses to assess their social performance. The dominance

ISO Updates Standard for Phthalates in Toys and Children’s Products – ISO 81 …

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 products, replaced ISO 8124-6:2014 upon publication. ISO expanded the ISO 8124 series of standards for toy safety in 2014 to include a methodology for the determination of six phthalates. These were: • Benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP) • Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) • Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) ISO 8124-6:2018

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 capacity. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follows a petition dated February 24, 2017. The new rule then became effective on December 3, 2018. The industry now has a period of 12

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. Among other requirements, the update includes: • Table 1 of Annex I – four substances replaced and three added to the list of authorized substances • Table 2 of Annex I – one completely new entry for a group restriction of three substances –

SGS Helps Manufacturers Understand Global Initiatives to Reduce Single-use Plast …

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-use’ plastics are doing to our oceans suggests achieving this goal is a long way off. SGS helps explain the problem and some of the global initiatives being enforced to protect our waters. It was estimated the global production of

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 see halal cosmetics as wholesome. Many people see ‘halal’ as a comparable term to ‘vegan’ or ‘organic’, because the terms offers assurances that a product is safe and has been manufactured to high and specific quality standards. It is

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