On April 11, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a final rule on over-the-counter (OTC) hand sanitizers to ensure they are safe and effective for consumers.View Story Read More
According to the rule, 28 active ingredients are classified as Category II (not generally recognized as safe and effective or misbranded), which means that available data are insufficient to determine whether the mentioned active ingredients are safe and effective, and further testing is necessary. The ingredients in Category II include:
The three following ingredients are deferred from regulatory action to allow further study and submission of additional safety and effectiveness data when available:
Since the majority of OTC hand sanitizers use ethyl alcohol as the active ingredient, it is expected that less than 3% of products will be affected by this final rule.
The Final rule will become effective on April 13, 2020.
On May 8, 2019, the US State of Washington signed Senate Bill 5135 into law to impose restrictions or prohibitions on chemicals of concern in consumer products.View Story Read More
With the aim of reducing human exposure to hazardous chemicals from consumer products, the law requires the Department of Ecology (DOE) in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), to identify priority consumer products that are a significant source of or use priority chemicals, namely:
The new law enables the DOE to require companies to provide all ingredient information and their potential harm, restrict or prohibit unsafe substances when safer alternatives exist, and identify chemicals that are unsafe to specific demographics or sensitive individuals.
The legislation calls for the DOE to identify its first priority products by June 1, 2020. Regulatory action to address the priority products would need to be determined by June 1, 2022 with rules in place to implement the regulatory actions by 2023. This process is designed to repeat on a five-year cycle starting in 2024, with at least five priority chemicals and related consumer products being identified, reviewed and acted upon.
If the bill is accepted, the following changes will be made in the current legislation:
|Children’s jewelry (15 years and younger):|
|Surface coatings [New requirement]||Lead ≤ 90 ppm
Cadmium ≤ 75 ppm
|Accessible components||Lead ≤ 100 ppm [New requirement]
Cadmium ≤ 300 ppm
The Bill is currently in Committee and will require a majority vote to become a law.
On May 10, 2019, the US State of New Jersey passed the A4416 bill into law to prohibit the sale or distribution of asbestos-containing products.View Story Read More
According to the Title 34 Labor and Workmen’s Compensation, Chapter 5A-34 policy, asbestos is defined as asbestiform varieties of actinolite, amosite (cummuningtonitegrunerite), anthophyllite, chrysotile (serpentine), crocidolite (riebeckite) and tremolite.
Starting from September 1, 2019, any products that contain more than 1% asbestos by weight will be prohibited to be sold, offered for sale or distributed in the State of New Jersey.
On June 10, 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health (DOH) announced plans to update its Chemicals of High Concern list under the state's Toxic Free Kids Act.View Story Read More
Starting from 2009, the Act requires the DOH to create both the Chemicals of High Concern list and a Priority Chemicals list of hazardous chemicals that can be found in children's products.
The last update of the Chemicals of High Concern list was conducted in 2016 and a total of 1,769 chemical substances were listed including:
A new Chemicals of High Concern list will be published on July 1, 2019 and it will be available on the Department’s website.
On June 19, 2019, the Governor of State of Vermont signed Senate Bill 55 into law to introduce new reporting requirements for Chemicals of High Concern (CHCC) in children's products. The law will become effective on July 1, 2019.View Story Read More
Starting July 1, 2020, manufacturers of children's products containing chemicals on the List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC) are required to disclose and report the listed substances to the Department of Health (DOH) once a year instead of the previous biennial reporting requirement. The manufactures shall provide reports to the DOH including brand name, the product model, and the universal product code if available.
In addition, the law authorizes the Commissioner of Health to add new substances to the CHCC list on the basis of credible scientific evidence. The Commissioner may also adopt a rule to regulate the sale or distribution of a children’s product containing a chemical of high concern or require labeling of products which are determined to possibly pose adverse health impacts to children through exposure to CHCC chemicals in the products.
On April 15, 2019, Health Canada approved the Corded Window Coverings (CWCs) Regulations SOR/2019-97, which will come into force on May 1, 2021.View Story Read More
The new regulations repeal the current Corded Window Covering Products Regulations (CWCPR) SOR/2016-172 and introduce the following significant changes:
In May 2019, Health Canada issued a notice seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, including several changes to the existing list and new substances to be added.View Story Read More
Significant proposed changes to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist are as follows:
The notice is now under public comment period until July 1, 2019.
On May 17, 2019 ,the European Commission published Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/794 related to the establishment of market surveillance activities for food contact materials in the European Union market.View Story Read More
According to the incident report and information available in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), the following surveillance strategy will be developed to evaluate compliance with food contact requirements as described in Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 for plastic materials and other applicable legal documents.
|Substances to be tested||Food contact material to be sampled|
|Primary aromatic amines (PAA)||Plastic tableware and kitchenware and printed food contact materials including paper and board.|
|Formaldehyde and Melamine||Plastic tableware and kitchenware including non-conventional plastic kitchenware and tableware, such as reusable coffee cups using additives in the plastic derived from natural sources such as bamboo.|
|Phenol||Plastic kitchenware and tableware, varnished or coated materials and, printed plastic and paper and board packaging materials.|
|Bisphenols including BPA and BPS||Polycarbonate plastic (BPA) and polyethersulfone plastic (BPS); coated metal packaging (e.g. cans, lids).|
|Phthalates and non-phthalate plasticisers||Plastic materials and articles, in particular those manufactured using polyvinylchloride (PVC) such as thermoformed sheets, flexible packaging and tubing; closures and lids.|
|Fluorinated compounds||Paper and board based materials and articles, including those used to wrap fast-food, take out and bakery products and microwave popcorn bags.|
|Metals||Ceramic, enamel, vitreous and metal kitchenware and tableware including artisanal and traditionally produced materials and articles.|
|Overall migration||Non-conventional plastic kitchenware and tableware, such as reusable coffee cups using additives in the plastic derived from natural sources such as bamboo.|
A minimum of 1,650 samples will be collected by the participating member states. The collection should take place from June 1 to December 31, 2019 with results expected to be reported to the Commission by February 29, 2020.
In Europe, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Rapid Alert System. An increasing number of product recalls related to excessive amount of nickel have been identified.View Story Read More
A number of products apart from jewelry, with direct skin contact are found in product recalls due to excessive amount of nickel content in the product. Examples of relevant European recalls recorded since 2018 are as follows:
|A12/1542/18||Toys||Key ring||Excessive amount of Nickel (measured value up to 3.55 µg/cm²/week) is identified from the product|
|A12/1493/18||Clothing, textiles and fashion items||Leather handbag||Excessive amount of Nickel (measured value up to 51 µg/cm²/week) released from the clasp of the bag is identified|
|A12/0907/18||Hobby/sports equipment||Whistle||Excessive amount of Nickel (measured value up to 1.47 mg/cm²/week) released by metal is identified|
|A12/0817/18||Toys||Paint brush||Excessive amount of nickel (measured value up to 4.8 mg/cm²/week) released by the metal part of the paint brush is identified|
|A12/0614/18||Clothing, textiles and fashion items||Mask||Excessive amount of nickel (measured value up to 5.27 µg/cm²/week) released from the rivets connecting the rubber band to the mask is identified|
|A12/0313/18||Toys||Keychain||Excessive amount of nickel (measured value: 6.15 µg/cm²/week) released by the metallic part of the key ring is identified|
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 January through April 2019 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Electric shock Hazard||81|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||254|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||54|
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||53|
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||46|
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On May 22, 2019, the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) announced a public consultation on a draft national standard for adhesives used in food contact materials (FCMs) in China.View Story Read More
Key information of the draft standard is summarized below:
The public comment period on the draft standard ends on July 20, 2019.
In Australia, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website, which is updated daily. The Australia recalls from January 2, 2019 to May 27, 2019 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Toys and Childcare Articles||29|
|Tools and Hardware||15|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||11|
|Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.)||8|
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