On July 2, 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved Final Rule 16 CFR 1237 in Federal Register 83 FR 30837 to adopt ASTM F2460-18, the safety standard for booster seats. The adopted standard will become mandatory for Booster Seats based upon the effective date. (See Regulatory Recap: June 2017).View Story Read More
In the approved final rule, the newly published ASTM F2640-18 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Booster Seats was adopted in order to reduce the chance of injury associated with booster seats which are defined as:
With the intention of addressing the safety of booster seats used at home and restaurants, the new rule includes requirements to make sure the booster seats are properly operated and able to keep children safe while using them.
The final rule will become effective January 2, 2020.
On June 26, 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved rule 16 CFR 1235 in Federal Register, 83 FR 29672, regarding safety standard adoption for baby changing products.View Story Read More
In the rule, the ASTM F2388-18 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Tables for Domestic Use was adopted to improve the safety of baby changing products, which include:
The standard addresses the hazard patterns associated with the use of baby changing products and includes requirements for structural integrity, restraint-system integrity and warnings on labels and in instructional literature.
The rule will enter into force on June 26, 2019.
On June 22, 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved Final Rule 16 CFR 1252 in Federal Register 83 FR 30837 to exclude certain engineered wood products (EWP) from third party testing for compliance with the lead, heavy metals and phthalates requirements. (See Regulatory Recap: October 2017)View Story Read More
Under the new rule, demonstration of compliance with lead, ASTM F963 elements, or specified phthalates through third-party testing is no longer required for specific EWP, which are untreated, unfinished, made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste. Particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium-density fiberboard are the examples in the exemption. Untreated EWP, unfinished EWP, virgin wood and pre-consumer wood waste are defined below:
Please note that compliance with the requirements still remains as the manufacturer’s liability although corresponding testing activities are not requested. The final rule came into force on July 23, 2018.
In April, 2018, the Department of Ecology (DoE) and Department of Health (DoH) in the State of Washington published an interim Chemical Action Plan (CAP) for Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS).View Story Read More
In the action plan, possible adverse effects on human health and environment caused by persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic PFAS are addressed in this chemical action plan. With a view to reducing and eliminating the drawbacks of usage of these harmful chemical substances, four actions are recommended:
The final CAP for PFAS is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
On March 20, 2018, City and County of San Francisco approved a new ordinance (File no. 171317) to prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur apparel and accessories within the city.View Story Read More
Except for leather products, sheep or lamb skin products, non-apparel products and second-hand items, the prohibition applies to any fur products (defined as below) purchased from both retail stores and online retail stores.
The ordinance of new prohibition will enter into force on January 1, 2019. Existing inventory of fur products purchased before the date of announcement can be sold until January 1, 2020, the effective date of banning.
On July 11, 2018, Regulations Amending the Toys Regulations (Magnetic Toys), SOR/2018-138, were approved and published in the Canada Gazette. The amendments aim to coordinate the safety requirements for magnetic toys with the requirements in the United States (US) and European Union (EU).View Story Read More
The requirements of magnetic toys aim to reduce the ingestion hazards, which have resulted in a number of serious incidents related to damage of children’s intestinal tissues. Therefore, an amendment has been made accordingly in Toys Regulations, SOR/2011-17. The key amendments are summarized below:
The updated Toys Regulations will enter into force on January 11, 2019.
On June 19, 2018, the European Union (EU) published a non-legal binding resolution under the Official Journal of the European Union, 2018/C 215/11, urging the European Commission (EC) to take initiative in the effective implementation of food contact materials regulations across EU Member States.View Story Read More
Key proposals of the resolution are summarized below:
In Europe, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Rapid Alert System, which is updated weekly. The European recalls for the months of January through June 2018 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Chemical Hazard Choking Hazard||275|
|Electric shock Hazard||127|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||331|
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||62|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||46|
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In June 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published an amendment to EN 71-1. In the latest version (EN 71¬1:2014+A1:2018), new toy requirements on the mechanical hazard of cords and projectiles are introduced.View Story Read More
Key changes are summarized below:
Upon harmonisation to Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, the standard will become mandatory.
In June 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published an amendment to EN 71-3. In the latest version (EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018), it incorporates the changes in migration limits of lead adopted in Directive (EU) 2017/738. (See Regulatory Recap: May 2017)View Story Read More
In the standard, the following changes have been made to the migration limit of lead:
|Limit of Lead (mg/kg)|
|Category 1||Category 2||Category 3|
|Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material||Liquid or sticky toy material||Scraped-off material|
|Current lead migration limit (EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017)||13.5 mg/kg||3.4 mg/kg||160 mg/kg|
|New lead migration limit (EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018)||2.0 mg/kg||0.5 mg/kg||23 mg/kg|
Apart from changes in the lead migration limit, the amendment also updates the test methods. Upon harmonisation to Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, the standard will become mandatory.
On April 18, 2018, Indonesia issued a draft decree, through World Trade Organization (WTO) notification, to propose a mandatory national standard for paper and paperboard materials that are intended to come into contact with foods.View Story Read More
The proposed national standard requires food contact paper and paperboard products manufactured within Indonesia or imported, distributed and marketed in the country, to conform to SNI 8218:2015 and certify in accordance to the SNI Mark issued by the accredited certification body (LSPro).
Paper and paperboard materials and articles with the following HS codes and ICS numbers are affected by this proposed regulation.
On July 5, 2018, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and the Customs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, issued an announcement related to the start of the Second Stage of Obligation of Recognition Certificate of IECEE Certificate on a list of several electronic products.View Story Read More
The list of several electronic products for the second stage of obligation of SASO Recognition Certificate is updated and became effective on August 1, 2018. The products are as follows:
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