On June 1, 2020, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enacted a final rule in the Federal Register determining that certain unfinished manufactured fibers do not contain phthalates and ASTM F963 heavy metals in excess of the specified concentrations under CPSIA. This determination allows that any accessible component parts, which are made with these unfinished manufactured fibers, in children's toys and childcare articles would not be required to have third-party testing done for compliance and certification purposes.
The effective date of this rule is July 1, 2020.
These new requirements are codified in the Commission’s regulations at 16 CFR Part 1253 for “Children's Toys and Child Care Articles: Determinations Regarding the ASTM F963 Elements and Phthalates for Unfinished Manufactured Fibers.”
Based on the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Task 17 evaluation, the below unfinished manufactured fibers will not contain the ASTM F963 elements and phthalates in concentrations greater than the specified limits, and therefore third-party testing is not required.
|Type of Unfinished Manufactured Fibers||Exemption from Third Party Testing|
|ASTM F963 Elements||Phthalates|
|Natural Rubber Latex||✔||✔|
|Polyester (polyethylene terephthalate, PET)||X||✔|
Under the new rule, unfinished fiber is defined as having no chemical additives (e.g. colorants, flame retardants, etc.) beyond those required to manufacture the fiber.
Even though the third-party testing is exempted, a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) is still needed.
On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule to approve ASTM F2050-19 and incorporate 16 CFR 1225, which is the Safety Standard for Hand-Held Infant Carriers into the federal regulation. The effective date will be August 3, 2020.View Story Read More
ASTM F2050-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Hand-Held Infant Carriers, is intended to minimize the risk of incidents to an occupant resulting from normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuses or abuse of a hand-held infant carrier. The standard was codified in the Commission’s regulations at 16 CFR Part 1225. This rule will make ASTM F2050-19 the mandatory standard.
ASTM F2050-19 includes several editorial non-substantive changes and two substantive changes.
There are two substantive changes in ASTM F2050-19 that impact the safety of hand-held infant carriers, as described below:
A few minor and editorial changes were made throughout ASTM F2050-19 that do not affect the safety of hand-held infant carriers. These include:
All of the non-substantive changes made in ASTM F2050-19 are editorial in nature and are neutral regarding safety for hand-held infant carriers.
On May 8, 2020, the US State of Maryland enacted Senate Bill SB447 to amend the State’s Restriction of Flame Retardants Rule for Children's Products and Furniture. The new law will come into force on January 1, 2021, and the Maryland Department of Health will adopt the new requirements starting from June 1, 2021.View Story Read More
According to the bill, the list of restricted flame retardants will be expanded from TCEP and TDCPP to now include all general flame retardants, and children's products and furniture cannot be sold if the products contain more that 0.1% by mass of those flame retardant chemicals. (See Regulatory Update April 2020)
The following products are exempted from the new law.
In Canada, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Health Canada website, which is updated daily. The Canada recalls from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 are summarized below:View Story Read More
*Other Hazards include Burn Hazard, Crash Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Flammability Hazard, Ingestion Hazard, Impact Hazard, Laceration hazard, Mould Contamination, Overheating Hazard, Tip-over Hazard with a frequency of less than 8.
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||20|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||18|
^Other Categories include Accessories, Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories, Cosmetics / Bodycare, Food Contact Material, Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.), Household Items, Juvenile Products, Knitting, Lighting Equipment, Outdoor/Recreational Appliance, Sporting Goods / Equipment, Tools with a frequency of less than 8.
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In April 2020, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the third amendment to EN 71-7 (i.e. EN 71–7:2014+A3:2020). Any conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by October 2020. It is expected this standard will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) as a harmonised standard for the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) 2009/48/EC.View Story Read More
The EN 71-7 specifies requirements for the substances and materials, markings, labelling and container to be used in finger paints. There are several important changes included in Amendment 3 for finger paints. See below:
The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) implemented new chemical requirements in the Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products according to Notice No. 2019-201. The changes came into effect as of June 4, 2020.View Story Read More
The Common Safety Standards for Children’s Products applies to accessible parts of products for children under the age of 13. Several important changes in the standard according to the Notice No. 2019-201 are shown below:
The new standard will be implemented in 2 phases. The new phthalates restriction was effective on June 4, 2020 while the remaining new requirements will become effective on December 4, 2020.
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