On August 2, 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule to revise the mandatory standard for Carriages and Strollers, codified under 16 CFR part 1227. The final rule incorporated, by reference, the most recent applicable standard, ASTM F833-19. The rule will be effective on November 5, 2019.View Story Read More
The revision of the standard includes the following:
On September 6, 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule to revise the mandatory standard for Infant Bouncer Seats, codified under 16 CFR part 1229. The final rule incorporated, by reference, the most recent applicable standard, ASTM F2167-19. The rule will be effective on December 14, 2019.View Story Read More
The revision of the standard includes the requirements for the content and visibility of on-product warning labels. Here is a brief summary:
On August 21, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule to revise the formaldehyde standards for the composite wood products regulation (40 CFR 770). The final rule addresses certain technical issues and further aligns with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program. The rule was effective as of August 21, 2019.View Story Read More
Here are some key points for the final rule:
On July 8, 2019, the governor of Rhode Island signed HB 5119 to amend the Bedding and Upholstered Furniture Regulation, Title 23 Chapter 23-26-3.1 which increases the maximum amount of non-polymeric organohalogen flame retardant (OFR) that can be contained in residential upholstered bedding and furniture from 100 ppm to 1000 ppm.View Story Read More
Other key changes are summarized below:
The prohibition will be effective on January 1, 2020.
Starting January 1, 2020, the new rule prohibits the use and distribution of thermal paper containing BPA in the State of Illinois. Thermal paper is used for business and banking records, receipts, credit or debit card transactions, etc. Thermal paper containing recycled materials or manufactured before January 1, 2020, is exempt from the new rule.
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 Jan 1, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019 are summarized below:View Story Read More
*Other Hazards include Carbon Monoxide Hazard, Crash Hazard, Death Reports, Drowning Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Explosion Hazard, Impact Hazard, Overheating Hazard, Poisoning Hazard and Shock Hazard with a frequency of less than 6.
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^Other Categories include Candles & Burning Items and Accessories, Cosmetics / Bodycare, Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile, Food Contact Material, Footwear, Homeware (Non-food Contact), Kitchenware and Lighting Equipment with a frequency of less than 10.
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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 February 1 ,2019 to September 30,2019 are summarized below:View Story Read More
*Other Hazards include Allergic Hazard, Asbestos Contamination Hazard, Chemical Hazard, Corrosion Hazard, Crash Hazard, Cutting Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Explosion Hazard, Laceration Hazard, Lead Leakage, Microbial Hazard, Mould Contamination, Strangulation Hazard and Suffocation Hazard with a frequency of less than 12.
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^Other Categories include Cosmetics / Bodycare, Food Contact Material, Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.), Lighting Equipment, Outdoor / Recreational Appliance, Tools and Hardware and Toys and Childcare Articles with a frequency of less than 10.
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On June 20, 2019, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products to strengthen the product compliance control in the European market.View Story Read More
The new regulation for market surveillance includes most EU laws, focusing on but not limited to the following harmonized regulations:
With the aim to reinforce the product compliance control in the European market, suppliers who are located outside of the EU (distance seller) are required to establish a representative (economic operator) in the EU to carry out the functions below in order to fulfill the obligations set under the new regulation.
It will be illegal to sell products covered by this regulation in the EU if the representative is absent. Obligations that directly affect economic operators and non-EU distance sellers will enter into force on July 16, 2021.
In addition, market surveillance authorities in Member States are granted increased power to ensure effective market surveillance of products subject to the EU harmonized legislations. Products deemed non-compliant in one Member State shall be presumed to be non-compliant in the other Member States.
On May 15, 2019, the German Product Safety Committee (Ausschuss für Produktsicherheit, AfPS) announced a new specification for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), namely AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK under the voluntary GS Mark.View Story Read More
The current version of the PAHs specification, AfPS GS 2014:01 PAK will become invalid and be replaced by the new version of the standard starting July 1, 2020. Any GS Mark certifications issued before that date will continue to be valid.
Here are some key changes in the new specification.
In July, the Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) issued a new version of a food packaging regulation to replace the previous regulation issued in 2011. The new rule came into force on July 29, 2019. All products on the Indonesian market must be compliant with the new regulations by July 29, 2020.View Story Read More
According to the regulation, manufacturers are required to ensure that packaging materials do not endanger human health. The scope of the regulation covers both new and recycled materials, including plastics, inks and dyes, paper and paperboard, resins and polymer coatings, metals, ceramics, and glass.
In the regulation, a set of annexes are provided with a list of chemicals defining how different types of food contact materials are to be regulated. Any substances used in food contact materials that are not listed under the approval list are required to get BPOM approval.
Saudi Standard, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced the latest additions of technical regulations (TR) to be implemented on SABER.View Story Read More
According to the SABER implementation schedule introduced in August (See Regulatory Update August 2019), the following technical regulations will be implemented on SABER in the near future.
Products falling under this scope will have to be registered through SABER for importing into Saudi Arabia after the following implementation dates.
October 31, 2019
1. Technical Regulation for Auto Spare Parts
2. Technical Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
November 30, 2019
1. Technical Regulation for Textile Products
2. Technical Regulations for Trailers and Semi-Trailers
3. Technical Regulation for Detergents
4. Technical Regulation for Photovoltaic Cells
There are currently 14 TRs currently being implemented on SABER. With the addition of the above technical regulations, there will be a total of 20 TRs on SABER as of December 1, 2019. Please refer to the December 2018 regulatory recap for details on the SABER system. (See Regulation Update December 2018)
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