On December 2, 2020, Bill S8817 was signed into law by the Governor of New York State.View Story Read More
The new law amends the Environmental Conservation Law section 37. The changes are summarized below:
PFAS substances, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perflourooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), are a group of chemicals for making fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water.
Bill S8817 signed on December 2, 2020, will prohibit the use of PFAS substances in food packaging in New York State, and be effective as of December 31, 2022.
The CPSC issued a business guidance for four main categories of products which are commonly being used during the COVID-19 pandemic including face coverings, gowns, gloves and disinfectant and cleaning products.View Story Read More
In the guidance, the mandatory requirements and the jurisdiction for those product categories are highlighted. For example,
If the product is intended to be used by children ages 12 and under, compliance with the labelling, testing, and certification requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) shall also be required (e.g., tracking labels, total lead, Children’s Product Certificate, etc.).
On December 1, 2020, the European Union (EU) issued Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1808 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1698 for certain child care articles, children’s furniture, stationary training equipment, and the ignition propensity of cigarettes in regards to the list of standards that give a presumption of conformity to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) (Directive 2001/95/EC). The new decision became effective on December 1, 2020.View Story Read More
An implementing Decision is a legally binding act of the EC which is directly applicable to all member states of the EU.
Implementing decisions do not need to be transposed into national legislation. This ensures implementation is consistent in each individual member state.
Implementing decisions take precedent over national legislation in case there is any conflict between the two directives.
Changes in the new Implementing Decision are summarized below:
|Row Entry to Annex I||Decision (EU) 2020/1808 amending Decision (EU) 2019/1698||Decision (EU) 2019/1698|
|37||EN ISO 1286:2010 - Ignition propensity of cigarettes (ISO 12863:2010)
EN ISO 12863:2010/AC:2011
EN ISO 12863:2010/A1:2016
|EN ISO 1286:2010 - Ignition propensity of cigarettes (ISO 12863:2010)
EN ISO 12863:2010/AC:2011
|52a||EN 16890:2017 - Children’s furniture – Mattresses for cots and cribs||NA|
|52b||EN 17022:2018 - Childcare articles – Bathing aids||NA|
|52c||EN 17072:2018 – Childcare articles – Bathtubs, stands and non-standalone bathing aids||NA|
|57||EN ISO 20957-9:2016 – Stationary training equipment – Elliptical trainers (ISO 20957-9:2016)
EN ISO 20957-9:2016/A1:2019
|EN ISO 20957-9:2016 – Stationary training equipment – Elliptical trainers (ISO 20957-9:2016)|
In Europe, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Safety Gate, which is updated weekly. The European recalls for July 2020 through November 2020 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Health Risk Hazard||100|
|Electric shock Hazard||81|
*Other Hazards include Cut Hazard, Damage to Eyesight Hazard, Damage to Hearing Hazard, Microbial Hazard, Strangulation Hazard and Suffocation Hazard with a frequency of less than 38.
|Toys and Childcare Articles||195|
|Electrical Appliances and Equipment||76|
|Personal Protective Equipment||77|
|Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Items||50|
^Other Categories include Cosmetics, Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories , Decorative Articles, Eyewear, Food Contact Material, Footwear, Furniture, Gadgets, Jewelry, Watch or other Fashion Accessories, Pet Equipment, Lighting Equipment Sporting Goods/ Equipment, with a frequency of less than 19.
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The Hong Kong Government launched a public consultation on the proposed update to Schedule 1 and 2 to the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap.424). These Schedules implement up-to-date safety standards promulgated by the relevant standards institutions for toys and children’s products listed in Schedule 2 of the Ordinance (Schedule 2 products).View Story Read More
The Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance stipulates that a person must not manufacture, import or supply a toy or a Schedule 2 product unless it complies with all the applicable requirements contained in any one of the safety standards respectively specified in Schedules 1 and 2 to the Ordinance. The standards specified are international standards or standards adopted by major economies.
Proposed updates to Standards Specified for Toys and Schedule 2 Products 2021 are summarized below:
|Categories||Current Specified Standards||Updated Standards (Publication / Effective Date)|
|Schedule 1 Toy Standards|
|International Standard||ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 2:2018)||ISO 8124-3:2020 (March 2020)|
|European Standard||BS EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018||BS EN 71-7:2014+A3:2020 (April 2020)|
|Schedule 2 Product Standards|
|Bunk beds for domestic use||ASTM F1427-13||ASTM F1427-19 (December 2019)|
|Children’s high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use||BS EN 14988:2019||BS EN 14988+A1:2020 (April 2020)|
|Children’s paints||ISO 8124-3:2010 (incorporating Amendment 2:2018)||ISO 8124-3:2020 (March 2020)|
The Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No.22 of 2020, which included an update that GB/T 4146-2020 “Textiles—Man-made fibers—Part 1: Generic names” has replaced the 2009 version. It will be effective on May 1, 2021.View Story Read More
GB/T 4146.1 lists out names of the various chemical fibers based on the main polymers for industrial production, textile and other uses, and gives their main characteristics. The new version includes many updates to the old version, with the key technical differences as follows:
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