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Interpretation on Updated Requirements in GB50016-2014 <Code for Fire Protection Design of Buildings>
05 Dec 2017 Labor Standards
GB50016-2014 < Code for fire protection design of buildings > came into force on May 1, 2015, with 12 sections and 3 appendices. As the law relates to the design of buildings, the impacts are now beginning to be felt in audits on new facilities designed since May 2015.
REACH - Enforcement Project to Improve Compliance with the Obligations of Substances in Articles
04 Dec 2017 Hardgoods, Electrical and Electronics
On November 2, 2017 ECHA presented a pilot project, which aims to determine the reasons and levels of non-compliance with the notification and communication obligations of substances in articles under REACH.
EU Introduces New Fire Safety Classifications for Electrical Cables Used in Construction
30 Nov 2017 Electrical and Electronics
European Regulation No. 305/2011, known as the Construction Product Regulation (CPR), became operational in 2016 with the aim of ensuring the provision of reliable performance information on construction products. This is achieved by providing a “common technical language" and offering uniform methods for assessing the performance of construction products.
Canada Implements MRLs for Spirotetramat in Crops
27 Nov 2017 Food
Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has notified the WTO that proposed Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for Spirotetramat in crops such as stone fruits, tree nuts, carrot roots, sugar beet roots and asparagus are to be implemented. Submitting comments from WTO members are due within 75 days of publication, November 2, 2017.
US CPSC Publishes NPR for Accredited Labs to Comply with CPSIA Phthalates
27 Nov 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products
The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to allow existing accredited laboratories two years to update their scope of accreditation to the latest method for CPSIA phthalates. If approved, the final rule could become effective sometime in 2018.
California Lists two PFO Analogues under PROP 65
22 Nov 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food
California has recently listed PFOA and PFOS onto the Proposition 65 list of chemicals. Businesses have until November 10, 2018 to comply with ‘clear and reasonable’ warning requirements.
What’s new for CFSP?
21 Nov 2017 Labor Standards
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which is a multi-industry initiative with over 360 member companies, will become the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). In parallel with the CFSI rebrand to RMI, the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) name has also changed to the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).