April 2018 Regulatory Update

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

US Federal Judge Vacates Final Rule Extending Compliance Deadline for Formaldehyde in Composite Wood

On February 16, 2018, a Federal Judge vacated the rule published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal Register to extend the compliance deadline for formaldehyde in composite wood (See Regulatory Recap: October, 2017). As a result, the compliance deadline will not be updated.

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The judgment summary, No. C 17-06293 JSW, states that the EPA’s most recent year-long delay in implementation of formaldehyde emission standards exceeds its statutory authority under the Formaldehyde Standards in Composite Wood Products Act (15 U.S.C. §2697). Therefore, it is concluded that the rule is beyond the scope of the EPA’s authority and is not in accordance with the Formaldehyde Act. As a result, the Judge stayed the order vacating the rule, 82 FR 44533, until March 9, 2018, so the parties can address the timely and effective implementation of the compliance guidelines.

Based on the vacated ruling, the compliance dates will not be updated and remain as below:

Provisions Compliance Date
Compliance to emission standards, recordkeeping and labeling December 12, 2017
Compliance to import certification December 12, 2018
Compliance to emission standards (laminated product producer) December 12, 2023
Transition period for CARB Third-Party Certifiers (TPCs) to be TSCA
approved TPCs
December 12, 2018

US State of Washington DOE Publishes Guidance for CHCC Reporting Rule

In February 2018, the Department of Ecology (DOE) published a Manufacturer Report Guidance for the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule. The guidance provides information to manufacturers for reporting chemicals of high concern to children (CHCC) under the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA).

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The following key information is provided:

  1. Details of reporting responsibility
  2. Reporting information and details
  3. Clarification on product categories and scope
  4. Clarification on product components
  5. Details of reporting ranges of chemicals
  6. Summary of practical quantitation limits and recommended test methods
  7. Clarification on reporting contaminants and due diligence that the DOE is following
  8. List of chemical functions
  9. Guideline on how to use the DOE’s CSPA Reporting Database

US State Bills Summary

In early 2018, there were a number of State issued bills related to chemical restriction requirements. They are summarized below:

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States
Bill Number
Bill Title Proposed Detail
New Jersey
Assembly Bill 2091
Prohibits sale, offer for sale, or distribution of infant products containing bisphenol A
  • Prohibits the sale and distribution of any infant product made with, or composed in whole or in part of, bisphenol A
  • Defines an infant product as a product including toys, teething rings or play equipment, that is designed or intended for the care of, or use by a child under 3 years of age
  • Effective January 1, 2018 upon approval
New Jersey
Assembly Bill 559
An Act Concerning Certain Children’s Products Containing Certain Metals
  • Prohibits the sale and distribution of a children’s product intended for use by a child under the age of 6 composed of lead, mercury or cadmium.
  • Defines a children’s product as a toy or play equipment that is designed or intended solely or primarily for the care of or use by a child. It also includes toy or play equipment that comes into contact with a child during use.
  • 7 months following enactment
New Hampshire
House Bill 1214
An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Certain Furniture with Flame Retardant Chemicals
  • Prohibits the sale and distribution of any upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering or in its cushioning materials more than 0.1% of flame retardants
  • Defines flame retardants as a chemical for which a functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire. It includes halogenated, phosphorus-based, nitrogen based and nanoscale flame retardant.
  • Effective January 1, 2019 upon approval
Maryland
House Bill 0084
Public Health - Child Care Products Containing Flame-Retardant Chemicals - Prohibition
  • Prohibits the sale and distribution of child care products (intended for use by a child under the age of 12 years) that contain more than 0.1%of DecaBDE, HBCD, Additive TBBPA, TCEP or TDCPP
  • Effective January 1, 2019 upon approval
West Virginia
House Bill 2121
West Virginia Residential Furniture and Children's Products Flame Retardants Act
  • Prohibits the sale, manufacture or distribution of children’s products or upholstered residential furniture containing 1000 ppm flame retardants (DecaBDE, HexaBDE, PentaBDE, TDCPP and TCEP)
  • Effective July 1, 2020 upon approval (For manufacturer or wholesaler)
  • Effective July 1, 2021 upon approval (For retailer)

EUROPE NEWS

EU Adopts Amendment of Food Contact Plastic Regulation to Lower the BPA Limit

On February 14, 2018, the European Union (EU) issued and approved Regulation (EU) 2018/213 to amend the Regulation (EU) 10/2011 Food Contact Plastic Materials to lower the specific migration limit of bisphenol A (BPA).

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In the adopted regulation, the specific migration limit of BPA is updated from 0.6 mg/kg to 0.05 mg/kg (See Regulatory Recap: October 2017). Apart from the specific migration limit, the restriction and specification has been updated:

  1. BPA is not allowed to be used for the manufacture of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles
  2. No migration of BPA is permitted from the plastic materials and articles specifically intended to be brought into contact with food for infants and young children

The new limit will be effective on September 6, 2018.


EU CEN Amends EN 71-8 Related to Activity Toys for Domestic Use

On January 10, 2018, the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) published a new version of EN 71-8:2018 Safety of toys - Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use. The standard provides requirements and testing methods for activity toys for domestic use often attached to or incorporating a crossbeam, and similar toys intended for children under 14 years to play on or in and often intended to bear the mass of one or more children.

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In the standard, it specifies the requirement for:

  • Separately sold accessories for, and components of activity toys
  • Separately sold swing elements that are ready for use on or in combination with an activity toy
  • Construction package for activity toys including components used to build activity toys according to a scheduled building instruction

Upon harmonisation to Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, the standard will become mandatory.


AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND NEWS

New Zealand Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Issues Guidance Related to Button Battery Safety

On February 2, 2018, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs issued a Product Safety Policy Statement for Button Batteries, Safer Products and Packaging. The policy provides guidance for manufacturers and suppliers of button batteries to help reduce the risk associated with button batteries and improve household product safety.

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In the policy statement, it is addressed that products containing or supplied with button batteries shall meet the following requirements:

  1. Secure battery compartment: There should be two mechanisms for release and both of them must be activated to open the compartment.
  2. Use and abuse test: Product should ensure that with expected everyday use, battery compartments cannot be accidentally opened, become insecure or result in the release of batteries. The test includes:
    1. Torque and tension test
    2. Drop test
    3. Battery compartment lid pressure test
    4. Robustness test on the mechanical fastener or compartment latch

Following standards are recommended as references for the battery compartments evaluation:

  1. AS/NZS ISO 8124.1
  2. ISO 8124.1
  3. EN 71-1
  4. ASTM F963
  5. UL 4200A

ASIA NEWS

Singapore NEA Updates EPMA Related to Mercury Added Batteries

On January 3, 2018, the National Environment Agency (NEA) issued update, NEA/HS/6.6, on the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA).

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The changes are summarised below:

Current Requirements Enhanced Requirements
The following batteries are not allowed for local sale:
  • Mercury oxide batteries
  • Zinc carbon batteries containing more than 0.001% by weight of mercury per cell
  • Alkaline (excluding button cell) batteries containing more than 0.025% by weight of mercury per cell
All batteries including button cells containing more than 0.0005% by weight of mercury per cell are not allowed.

The effective date of the enhanced requirements is March 31, 2018.


China Market Surveillance Summary (August 2017 to February 2018)

In China, thousands of consumer products will be inspected and reported when hazards and non-compliance to applicable standards are identified among the products. The market surveillance will be performed on a Province basis, which is updated in a non-regular time frame. The China Market Surveillance from August 2017 to February 2018 is summarized below:

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Categories Frequency
Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 21
Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 19
Food Contact Material 12
Furniture 7
Tools 6
Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 5
Other Categories* 24

*Other Categories include Candles & Burning Items and Accessories, Children’s Product, Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories, Consumer Chemical, Cosmetics / Bodycare, Footwear, General Use Products, Homeware (Non-food Contact), Lighting Equipment, Packaging Material and Toys and Childcare Articles with a frequency of less than 5.




Province Pass Amount Fail Amount
Beijing 93 11
Jiangsu 132 11
Jilin 50 9
Shanghai 841 87
Beijing 397 16
Hebei 80 0
Jilin 16 0
Liaoning 235 10
Ningxia 58 54
Shanghai 942 106
Shanghai 56 4
Shanxi 163 16
Xinjiang 169 21
Zhejiang 228 85

Market Surveillance Summary – China (Last Update Date: February28, 2018)
Province Product Product Categories Total Inspected Amount Failed Item Failure Percentage Pass Amount Fail Amount
Liaoning School Uniform Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 45 Fiber content 7% 42 3
Liaoning Tissue Paper Cosmetics / Bodycare 30 Longitudinal wet tensile strength 3% 29 1
Liaoning Wooden Door Furniture 25 Dipping 4% 24 1
Liaoning Metal Door Furniture 10 N/A 0% 10 0
Liaoning Metal Furniture Furniture 20 N/A 0% 20 0
Liaoning Non-Woven Cloth Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 10 Breaking strength (vertical and horizontal) 10% 9 1
Liaoning Corrugated Carton Packaging Material 50 Compressive strength 6% 47 3
Liaoning Rubber Hose and Hose Assembly Tools 25 N/A 0% 25 0
Liaoning Rubber Seal Products Tools 30 Liquid-resistant items 3% 29 1
Jilin Textile Automotive Interior Products Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 4 N/A 0% 4 0
Jilin Leather Car Interior Products Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 3 N/A 0% 3 0
Jilin Plastic Automotive Interior Products General Use Product 13 N/A 0% 13 0
Jilin Carpet, Felt Automotive Interior Products Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 11 N/A 0% 11 0
Jilin Sponge Car Interior Products Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 1 N/A 0% 1 0
Jilin Degradable Polylactic Acid Products Food Contact Material 27 Polylactic acid content, lifting test, ash content and sealing strength 33% 18 9
Shanghai Skin and Hair Care Appliances Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 26 Signs and instructions, input power and current 8% 24 2
Shanghai USB Power Adapter Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories 20 Electrical strength, electrical clearance, creepage distance and insulation penetration distance after heat treatment, conduction disturbance of power terminals, radiation disturbance below 1GHz 40% 12 8
Shanghai Wood Furniture Furniture 150 Woodworking requirements, film physical and chemical properties 8% 138 12
Shanghai LED Control Device Lighting Equipment 10 N/A 0% 10 0
Shanghai Self-Ballasted LED Lamp for General Lighting Lighting Equipment 25 Signs, mechanical strength 12% 22 3
Shanghai Valve Tools 60 Body wall thickness measurement, stem diameter measurement 5% 57 3
Shanghai Ventilator Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 15 N/A 0% 15 0
Shanghai Casual Clothing Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 84 Fiber content, pH, colorfastness to water, colorfastness to acid and alkali perspiration, decomposable carcinogenic aromatic amine dyes 15% 71 13
Shanghai Swimsuit Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 31 Fiber content, color fastness to light 19% 25 6
Shanghai Wallpaper Homeware (Non-food Contact) 30 Washability 3% 29 1
Shanghai Bed Linings Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 40 Fibrous raw material requirements, fiber content, water fastness, perspiration fastness, light fastness 10% 36 4
Shanghai Impregnated Paper Laminated Wood Flooring Furniture 40 Static bending strength, surface bonding strength, surface abrasion resistance, formaldehyde emission 10% 36 4
Shanghai Door Control Device Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 20 N/A 0% 20 0
Shanghai Electric Toothbrush Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 15 Signs and instructions 33% 10 5
Shanghai Switches for Household and Similar Fixed Electrical Installations Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 40 Signs 3% 39 1
Shanghai Shirt Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 60 Fiber content 3% 58 2
Shanghai Knitted T-shirts Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 60 Fiber content 5% 57 3
Shanghai Shoes Footwear 32 Fold resistance 22% 25 7
Shanghai Travel Shoes Footwear 50 Outsole wear resistance and peeling strength of bottom wall and upper side 8% 46 4
Shanghai Civil Valve Tools 35 Pipe thread accuracy 6% 33 2
Shanghai Sanitary Ware Hose Tools 21 Threaded connection 5% 20 1
Shanghai Plastic Shopping Bag Packaging Material 30 Thickness and Dart Impact 27% 22 8
Shanghai Tissues Cosmetics / Bodycare 29 N/A 0% 30 0
Shanghai Household Gas Stove Candles & Burning Items and Accessories 45 Energy efficiency 3% 28 1
Shanghai Fabric Steam Engine Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 50 Signs and instructions, input power and current, leakage current and electrical strength at operating temperature, abnormal operation, power connections and external cords, grounding measures 18% 37 8
Shanghai Leather Sandals Footwear 143 Peel strength, folding resistance, pull-out strength of the upper belt, colorfastness of the lining and inner cushion, shoe steel hook 16% 42 8
Jiangsu Toys Toys and Childcare Articles 30 Identification and usage instructions, mechanical and physical properties 8% 132 11
Beijing Single Door Cabinet, Three Pumping Activity Cabinet Furniture 30 Mechanical properties (cabinet stability) 7% 28 2
Beijing Student's Wear (women's long-sleeved T-shirt, knitted trousers) Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 41 The measured value of the fiber content is inconsistent with the apparent value, the fiber composition and content, and the marked item does not meet the standard requirement 10% 37 4
Beijing Commercial Desktop Plain Cooker Food Contact Material 298 Signs and instructions 3% 290 8
Beijing Air Purifier Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 74 Mechanical strength, abnormal operation, leakage current and electrical strength 5% 70 4
Hebei Plastic tool (for food) Food Contact Material 39 N/A 0% 39 0
Hebei Non-Composite Film Bags (for food) Food Contact Material 29 N/A 0% 29 0
Hebei Plastic Sheet (for food) Food Contact Material 2 N/A 0% 2 0
Hebei Metal Cans (for food) Food Contact Material 4 N/A 0% 4 0
Hebei Daily Use Ceramics (for food) Food Contact Material 6 N/A 0% 6 0
Shanxi Cleaning Products Consumer Chemical 61 Total active content item 3% 59 2
Shanxi Vintage Glasses Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 26 Ball lens vertex deviation, optical center horizontal distance tolerance, optical center unilateral horizontal tolerance, optical center vertical mutual difference, logo item 15% 22 4
Shanxi Light fixture Lighting Equipment 35 Structure (trunks), external wiring (cross-sectional area) and internal wiring (cross-sectional area), insulation resistance, and electrical strength items 20% 28 7
Shanxi LED Control Device Lighting Equipment 31 Power factor and lamp interchangeability items 6% 29 2
Shanxi Beauty salon equipment Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 26 Input power deviation, power connection and external cord items 4% 25 1
Jilin Electric Blanket Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 16 N/A 0% 16 0
Shanghai Down Feather Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 41 pH value, fleece content 7% 38 3
Shanghai Knitted (warmth) Underwear Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 60 Fiber content; Insulation rate 7% 56 4
Shanghai Electric Water Heater (fast heating type) Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 5 N/A 0% 5 0
Shanghai Electric Water Heater (water storage type) Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 20 Rated capacity, 24h inherent energy consumption coefficient, hot water output rate, energy efficiency rating 10% 18 2
Shanghai Domestic Gas Fast Hot Water Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 19 Hot water yield 5% 18 1
Beijing Household Appliances Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 74 N/A 12% 65 9
Shanghai Travel Bags General Use Product 30 Oscillating impact performance, walking performance and tie rod fatigue resistance 40% 18 12
Shanghai Portable Microcomputer Tools 14 N/A 0% 14 0
Shanghai Household Sweeping Machine Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 15 N/A 0% 15 0
Shanghai School Bag Children Product 30 Vibration impact performance, stitch strength and rubbing fastness 37% 19 11
Shanghai Spectacle Lenses Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 40 Lens size, UV resistance (expressed indicators) and impact resistance (expressed indicators) 10% 36 4
Shanghai Air Purifier Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 27 Protection against contact with live parts, stability and mechanical hazards, formaldehyde purification energy efficiency, noise (sound power level) 7% 25 2
Shanghai Plastic Drinking Bottle (cup) Food Contact Material 90 N/A 0% 90 0
Shanghai Disposable Plastic Tableware Products Food Contact Material 125 N/A 0% 125 0
Shanghai Shavers, hair clippers Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 20 Heat and flame resistant 15% 17 3
Shanghai Children’s Chopstick Food Contact Material 100 N/A 0% 100 0
Shanghai Wool Knitwear Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 63 Fiber content 11% 56 7
Shanghai Sportswear Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 53 Fiber content, colorfastness to dry rubbing, surface moisture resistance (before washing), hydrostatic pressure (before washing) 6% 50 3
Shanghai Power Adapter (Information Technology Equipment) Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories 23 Clearance creepage distance and insulation penetration distance, power terminal conducted disturbance 13% 20 3
Shanghai Tablet Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 20 Electrical strength after wet heat treatment; electrical clearance, creepage distance and insulation penetration distance; resistance to abnormal heat 10% 18 2
Shanghai Student Supplies Ballpoint Pen Children's Product 28 Pen top cap security, migrating elements, initial write performance, writing performance, water resistance, intermittent writing 14% 24 4
Shanghai Anti-Static shoes Footwear 12 N/A 0% 12 0
Shanghai Dangerous Packaging, Container Products (plastic packaging) Food Contact Material 23 N/A 0% 23 0
Shanghai Match Glasses Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 80 Ball mirror vertex deviation, cylinder axis direction deviation, horizontal deviation of optical center horizontal, optical center horizontal deviation and sign 30% 56 24
Shanghai Electric Fan Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 50 Signs and instructions, stability and mechanical hazards, structure, power connection and external cord, output air volume, energy efficiency rating, where stability and mechanical hazards, structure, power connections, and external cords are severely unqualified 12% 44 6
Zhejiang Electric Hand Warmers Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.) 45 Signs and instructions, protection against touching live parts, input power and current, structure, power connection and external cords 29% 32 13
Zhejiang Children's Mosaic Mat Toys and Childcare Articles 12 Small parts released in the foreseeable and reasonable abuse of the product 100% 0 12
Zhejiang Down Jacket Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 50 Permissible deviation of finished product filling amount, fiber content, quality requirements of fillers, colorfastness to water resistance of fabrics, colorfastness to acid perspiration, alkali fastness to alkali perspiration, and colorfastness to dry rubbing 32% 34 16
Zhejiang Children's Clothing Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 49 Fiber content, pH value, tensile strength of accessories, string, sewing position of durable label, colorfastness to dry rubbing, colorfastness to wet rubbing, colorfastness to saliva, colorfastness to perspiration 59% 20 29
Zhejiang Electric Toys Toys and Childcare Articles 54 Foreseeable and reasonable abuse", "small parts", "precision", "plastic bags or plastic films used in packaging or toys", "packaging used when toys are sold," "product standard numbering 9% 49 5
Zhejiang Children's Clothing Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 33 N/A 21% 26 7
Zhejiang Children and Infant clothing Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 40 Colorfastness, fiber content, rope requirements for wet rubbing 8% 37 3
Zhejiang Bed Lining Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile 30 N/A 0% 30 0
Ningxia Glasses Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 60 Optical center horizontal distance deviation, one-sided horizontal deviation of optical center 90% 6 54
Ningxia Disposable Plastic Tableware Food Contact Material 52 N/A 0% 52 0
Xinjiang Glasses Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories 130 Cylindrical axis deviation and optical center horizontal distance deviation 1% 129 1
Xinjiang Furniture Furniture 60 Mechanical properties, formaldehyde emission, appearance of wooden parts (sealing treatment), product materials, processing (wooden parts) 33% 40 20

SASO NEWS

Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) Inspection Teams seizes 42,000 Counterfeit Cosmetics

On February 1, 2018, Saudi MCI, has closed three accounts marketing counterfeit and fake products through the social networking site "Instagram". Foreign men and women of Asian nationality used a residential building in the Al-Areeja neighborhood, west of Riyadh, to manufacture and pack fake cosmetics, using materials of unknown origin. The seized cosmetics were valued at more than 2 million Riyals.

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After a tip received by MCI, the necessary investigation was carried out and the suspects were arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution in preparation for their referral to the judicial authorities to complete the legal procedures against them. This was done in cooperation and coordination with the joint security campaigns represented by the Riyadh police.

The products stored inside the site included moisturizing and skin whitening cream, aromatic oil and body care items. The machines used for mixing and manufacturing such items were all seized and confiscated, since they pose a danger to the safety of users.

MCI warns against buying from unknown accounts in social networking sites, and calls for purchasing from the electronic stores, or from the accounts and pages that have a C. R. Additionally, consumers should purchase from accounts that are registered and have a service certificate from "Ma’aroof" site, or from the well-known international sites, so as to ensure and preserve the consumers’ rights.

MCI also warns against selling or marketing counterfeit or fake goods through websites and social networking. Since such activity is considered a violation of the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law and Trademark System, which may lead to penalties of up to three years' imprisonment, fines of one million riyals, and deporting the illegal laborers to their countries and writing off the commercial activity.

For more details, please visit: https://mci.gov.sa/en/MediaCenter/News/Pages/01-02-18-01.aspx


Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) Inspection Teams detect shut down sites selling fake Mobile Accessories and Counterfeit Tobacco Products

Less than 24 hours after the seizure of 2.75 million fake and counterfeit mobile phone accessories, on January 8, 2018, Saudi MCI, seized 25 tons of Raw Tobacco, JRAC and 500 kg Sawdust during regular inspection

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2.75 million fake and counterfeit mobile phone accessories were seized at an illegal site in Riyadh. Shortly after, MCI inspection teams detected two illegal warehouses in Jeddah involved in producing counterfeit tobacco.

The inspection teams raided the two warehouses at the Al-Khomrah neighborhood in Jeddah. 21.5 tons raw tobacco, more than 3 tons JRAC ready-for-sale, 500 kg sawdust, 734,860 stickers bearing false trademarks and 50,400 packets of ready mix tobacco were seized.

MCI inspectors detected as well two cases of commercial cover up. Meanwhile, the two sites were shut down and the owners were summoned by the Ministry for taking the necessary legal procedures.

For more details, please visit: https://mci.gov.sa/en/MediaCenter/News/Pages/08-01-18-03.aspx


Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) Inspection Teams Detect Warehouse containing 2.7 Million Fake and Counterfeit Telecom Items

On January 8th, 2018, after two months of investigation, Saudi MCI inspection teams, in cooperation with the joint security campaigns, raided a large warehouse used for storing counterfeit and fake telecom devices and supplies in Riyadh.

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MCI inspectors succeeded in detecting a warehouse and basement used to store counterfeit and fake telecom items at a traditional house in the Aziziyah district south of Riyadh.

The inspection tours, carried out by MCI inspectors in a number of markets in Riyadh two months ago, led to the disclosure of the warehouse that had been supplying counterfeit telecom items to the shops.

The seizures included 2.75 million fake and forged telecom items, such as batteries, chargers and telephone headsets, as well as forged packages and stickers of famous trademarks, including “Apple” and “Samsung”, ready for distribution and marketing.

MCI inspectors, with the support and cooperation of the security forces, monitored illegal laborers involved in fixing fake and poor-quality chargers, batteries, headphones and plugs on the phones, and then they would re-pack such items in cartons bearing international brands, thus misleading the consumers by claiming that they are original.

All fake products were seized and the owner was summoned by the Ministry for further investigation and for taking the necessary legal procedures, in preparation for referring the case to the Public Prosecution.

Such commercial fraud is subject to a fine of one million Riyals or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or both.

For more details, please visit: https://mci.gov.sa/en/MediaCenter/News/Pages/08-01-18-02.aspx


Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Energy Efficiency Workshop

SASO has organized an Energy Efficiency Workshop with traders and Certification bodies to expand the scope of SASO EER to other products.

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The workshop was held on the February 28, 2018 at SASO HQ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

New products expected to be added to the scope of SASO EER include small air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, water heaters and refrigerators.

QIMA attended this workshop and more details of the workshop will be released in our next newsletter.


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