Below is a summary of recently updated ASTM standards that may be of interest:View Story Read More
|CPSIA / CFR Reference||ASTM Standard No.||Detail|
|---||ASTM F3317-18a||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Floor Seats
Covers the performance requirements and test methods to ensure the satisfactory performance of infant floor seats.
|---||ASTM F659-2010 (2018)||Standard Specification for Ski and Snowboard Goggles
Covers the minimal requirements of ski and snowboard goggles (intended for non-motorized use) to provide a reasonable degree of protection against snow and moisture striking or lodging in the eye or surrounding soft tissue.
|16 CFR 1217||ASTM F1821-18||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toddler Beds
Establishes a consumer safety specification regarding the design and performance of toddler beds including the labeling and instructional material requirements.
|---||ASTM F1967-18||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Seats
Establishes performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to promote the safe use of infant bath seats. Products commonly referred to as bath rings also are included in the scope of this specification. Traditional infant bath tubs that are used to bathe an infant are not within the scope of this standard.
|---||ASTM F1816-18||Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children's Upper Outerwear
Covers the performance requirements intended to reduce strangulation and vehicular dragging hazards associated with drawstrings on children's (both boys' and girls') upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts, which are generally intended to be worn on the exterior of clothes. The sizes covered here are sizes 2T to 12 for neck/hood drawstrings and sizes 2T to 16 for waist/bottom drawstrings. Upper outerwear with fully retractable drawstrings is not addressed here.
In November 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added 2 new chemicals to the Proposition 65 List. The new chemicals are:
The added chemicals meet the requirements for listing under the Proposition 65 law as known to the State of California to cause cancer. The chemical details are provided below:
|Date of addition||Chemical||Chemical Abstracts Service Number (CAS No.)||Types of Toxicity|
|November 23, 2018||Gentian violet (Crystal violet)||548-62-9||Cancer|
|November 23, 2018||N-Nitrosohexamethyleneimine||932-83-2||Cancer|
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has received a request for a Safe Use Determination (SUD) for exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in certain eyewear products manufactured, distributed or sold by the Vision Council member companies.View Story Read More
Eyewear included in this SUD are prescription glasses, over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses, non-prescription sunglasses, and safety glasses. If confirmed, the specified eyewear would not require a Prop 65 warning statement for BPA as it will have been determined that exposure to BPA in the specified eyewear does not present significant risk of birth defects or reproduction harm. Exposure to other Prop 65 listed substances in eyewear may still require a Prop 65 warning.
The SUD is currently in a 30-day public comment period. If you manufacture, distribute or sell the specified eyewear, or are otherwise an interested party, written comments should be submitted to OEHHA by April 8, 2019.
The proposal refined the requirement for the disclosure and reporting of toxic substances that are intentionally added to children's products. Twenty new chemicals have been proposed to be added based on this new proposal. Manufacturers of children's products will be required to report the presence of chemicals once the proposed rule becomes effective.
The proposed amendment was under a comment period through February 8, 2019.
On January 15, 2019, the US State of Alaska proposed Bill AO No. 2019-15 to prohibit the manufacture and sale of certain consumer products containing flame retardants, including children’s products, toys and furniture. A labeling requirement was also introduced for manufacturers to declare that their covered products are free from the prohibited substances.View Story Read More
According to the proposed bill, the following flame retardants are subject to the prohibition in furniture and juvenile products after January 01, 2020 if they are at a concentration level above 1000 ppm:
All covered products are required to have a label affixed to declare the presence or absence of the flame retardants as per the following:
A public consultation was scheduled on February 12, 2019 to receive comments on the bill.
In the US, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recent Recalls on the CPSC website, which is updated daily. The US recalls from May 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||21|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||13|
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||12|
|Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.)||11|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||11|
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In order to address the flammability risks of tents available to consumers, Health Canada is considering replacing the current flammability and labelling requirements of tents with a new National Standard of Canada titled CAN/CGSB-182.1, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents. Play tents are currently excluded from the scope of CAN/CGSB-182.1, but new requirements for these products are proposed to be added into the Toys Regulations.
The proposed amendment is under a comment period through March 23, 2019.
Environment and Climate Change Canada published a guidance clarifying the definition of asbestos and the amount allowed in consumer products.View Story Read More
The Canada Regulation SOR/2018-196 was published in October 2018 to regulate the manufacture, import, sale and use of processed asbestos fibres and consumer products containing asbestos. (See Regulatory Recap: December 2018). According to the regulation, consumer products containing asbestos in greater than trace amounts are prohibited.
In the guidance document, asbestos is defined as:
The presence of asbestos in more than a trace amount can be demonstrated by test results identifying asbestos at 0.1% or more and having both of the following characteristics:
On January 24, 2019, the Government of Manitoba issued a notice to revoke the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, 78/2004. The province of Manitoba became the second province in Canada, after the province of Ontario, to revoke the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Labeling Regulation. (See Regulatory Recap: January 2019)View Story Read More
In order to reduce the regulatory burdens, manufacturers, renovators, and home hobby/craft operators of bedding and other upholstered or stuffed articles will no longer be required to register in Manitoba or meet the label standards starting January 1, 2020. The Consumer Protection Office will continue to administer the legislation until the revocation.
It is important to note that upholstered and stuffed articles destined for sale in Quebec are still required to fulfill the necessary labeling requirements in the province.
On December 10, 2018, the European Commission (EC) published a proposed amendment, through World Trade Organization (WTO) notification, to strengthen the migration limits of Aluminum under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.View Story Read More
According to the proposed amendment, migration limits of Aluminum were reduced as below:
|Material||Category I – in dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material||Category II - Liquid or sticky toy material||Category III - Scrapped-off toy material|
|Current Aluminum limit (mg/kg)||5,625||1,406||70,000|
|Proposed new Aluminum limit (mg/kg)||2,250||560||28,130|
On December 18, 2018, the European Commission (EC) published a proposed amendment, through World Trade Organization (WTO) notification, to introduce formaldehyde restrictions under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.View Story Read More
In the proposed amendment, 3 levels of restriction for formaldehyde were established for toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth:
|Material||Requirements||Proposed Formaldehyde limit|
|Polymeric toy material||Formaldehyde (Migration)||1.5 mg/L|
|Resin-bonded wood toy material||Formaldehyde (Emission)||0.1 ml/m3|
|Textile toy material||Formaldehyde (Content)||30 mg/kg|
|Leather toy material||30 mg/kg|
|Paper toy material||30 mg/kg|
|Water-based toy material||10 mg/kg|
On January 15, 2019, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) issued Annex XIV Recommendation to propose the inclusion of 6 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the List of Authorisation under Annex XIV of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).View Story Read More
The details for the 6 proposed SVHCs to be added to the List of Authorisation are listed below:
|Substance||CAS Number||EC Number||SVHC-Relevant Intrinsic Properties|
|2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane||6807-17-6||401-720-1||Toxic for reproduction|
|Benzo[k]fluoranthene||207-08-9||205-916-6||Carcinogenic Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)|
|Fluoranthene||206-44-0||205-912-4||Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)|
|Phenanthrene||85-01-8||201-581-5||Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)|
|Pyrene||129-00-0||204-927-3||Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)|
|1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one||15087-24-8||239-139-9||Endocrine disrupting properties|
On January 10, 2019, the European Commission (EC) published the Regulation (EU) 2019/37 to amend Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 regarding plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.View Story Read More
Under the amendment, 3 new substances are approved and may be used in the manufacturing of food contact materials.
In addition, other changes included:
|Updated Regulation (EU) 10/2011||Current Regulation (EU) 10/2011|
|Food simulant to be used for food type||Food simulant D1 for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products with a pH ≥ 4.5||Food simulant D1 for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products|
|Food simulant D1 and simulant B for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products with a pH < 4.5||Food simulant D1 and simulant B for aqueous, acidic and alcoholic food and milk products|
The amendment came into force on January 31, 2019.
On March 31, 2015, the European Commission (EC) approved Directive 2015/863, which adds 4 phthalates to Directive 2011/65/EU Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS). The phthalates restrictions will be effective as of July 22, 2019 except where exemptions are permitted as stated.View Story Read More
RoHS is a directive regulating the manufacture, import and distribution of Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) within the EU. It bans the use of 6 chemical substances, including Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether.
In the new RoHS directive (RoHS 3), the requirements expand the scope of monitoring to 10 chemical substances with the addition of 4 phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP), which are primarily used as plasticisers to soften plastics. Details as below:
|Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)||117-81-7||0.1%|
|Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)||85-68-7|
|Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)||84-74-2|
|Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)||84-69-5|
The new restriction on all EEE will enter into force on July 22, 2019.
On November 7, 2018, the International Standard Organization (ISO) published a new version of method standard, ISO 8124-6:2018, regarding the determination of phthalates in toys and children’s products.View Story Read More
ISO 8124-6 is an international standard for the determination of certain phthalate substances present in toys and children’s products made of plastic, textile, coatings and liquid. Below is a summary of the key revisions in the updated version of the standard:
On December 5, 2018, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) issued a notice to move 4 items to Self-declaration Mode from compulsory certification and remove 12 items from the list of products under the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) system.View Story Read More
The CCC system is mandatory for all products specified in the catalogue, including certain types of toys. A CCC certificate is required to be granted and a CCC mark must be affixed to each product being imported, sold or used.The recent changes are summarized below:
|Product name||Related CCC implementation rule|
|Internal concrete vibrators||CNCA-C05-01:2014|
|Electric routers and edge trimmers||CNCA-C05-01:2014|
|Electric marble cutters||CNCA-C05-01:2014|
|Wire feeder for welders||CNCA-C06-01:2014|
|TIG welding blow lamps||CNCA-C06-01:2014|
|MIG/MAG welding machines||CNCA-C06-01:2014|
|Retro reflectors for motor vehicles||CNCA-C011-07:2014|
|Burglary resistant safe cabinets||CNCA-C019-02:2014|
|Burglary resistant safe boxes||CNCA-C019-02:2014|
|Product name||Adjusted mode|
|Radio receivers||Self-declaration Procedure A (Type testing by internal lab, non-CCC testing lab or designated lab + Self-declaration)|
|Rear view mirrors for motor vehicles, Rear-view Mirror for Motorcycle||Self-declaration Procedure B (Type testing by CCC designated testing lab + Self-declaration)|
|Vehicle travelling data recorder|
On January 9, 2019, the Thai Ministry of Industry published a new industrial standard, TIS 2879-2560, regarding safety requirements for portable power banks.View Story Read More
The standard provides safety requirements, testing specifications, markings and instructions for the use of portable power banks and any portable energy-storage device containing secondary batteries. In addition, external Thai Industrial Standards TIS 2217 and TIS 1561 are also applied to ensure compliance with the security requirements of portable power banks.
The new safety standard came into force on January, 09, 2019.
Saudi Standard, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has decided to change the implementation plan of the SABER system. The implementation will be done based on the release of the technical regulation (TR).View Story Read More
The first implemented TR is for Gas appliances and their accessories, which was implemented in January 2019. Specific TRs have not been implemented on SABER yet for other products that are regulated by any TR. Certificates of Conformity (CoC) shall be issued through the existing CoC program. For all other non-regulated products, self-declaration according to the approved forms by SASO is sufficient, and shall be applied through the SABER system.
On April 1, 2019, the following regulations will be enforced and implemented on SABER as well:
Products falling within the scope of the above TR will be required to be registered through the SABER system for acquiring a CoC. (See Regulatory Recap: December 2018)
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