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China RoHS 2 Catalogue and Exemption List Published
08 Apr 2018 Electrical and Electronics
China’s MIIT has published The Standard Achieving Management Catalogue for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Appliances and Electronic Products (The First Batch) and its Exemption List for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances of the Standard Achieving Management Catalogue, under China RoHS 2.
Washington State Regulates Perfluorinated Chemicals in Food Packaging
03 Apr 2018 Hardgoods, Food
Washington has approved measures to regulate perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) in food contact materials and articles. The operative date of January 1, 2022 is subject to the availability of safer alternatives.
RAPEX 2017 Annual Report – More Than 2000 Alerts Last Year
26 Mar 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Food, Electrical Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The 2017 RAPEX Annual Report shows stabilization in the number of notifications and member state follow-up actions. The challenge now is to ensure that products sold online also meet European safety requirements.
EU Proposes New REACH Annex XVII Restriction on Textile and Footwear Products
26 Mar 2018 Softlines
In February 2018, the European Commission (EC) proposed to amend Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) through the World Trade Organization (WTO) notifications, to add a new restriction on hazardous substances (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMRs) category 1A or 1B) in clothing, other textiles and footwear.
China Releases New Standards for Men’s suits and Coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s Suits and Coats– GB/T 2665-2017
19 Mar 2018 Softlines
China has issued a revised version of its national standard for Men’s suits and coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s suits and coats– GB/T 2665-2017. The revised standard will become effective on July 1, 2018.
US Legislation Update: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
19 Mar 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
A number of states in the US have introduced bills to restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products. The scope of products and types of flame retardant are jurisdiction dependent.