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San Francisco Becomes First City in US to Restrict Flame Retardants
Nov 09, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Hardgoods, Electrical and Electronics
San Francisco has recently approved measures to restrict flame retardants in upholstered furniture, reupholstered furniture and juvenile products. The new restrictions will be implemented in two phases, starting January 1, 2019.
US EPA Revises Voluntary Consensus Standards for Formaldehyde Emission in Composite Wood
Nov 06, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Hardgoods
The US EPA has recently published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) to revise the voluntary consensus standards for formaldehyde emission in composite wood. Unless adverse comments are received, the DFR will become effective on December 11, 2017.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to Expand Phthalates Restriction under CPSIA
Oct 26, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Hardgoods, Food
The CPSC has recently voted to issue a final rule to restrict a total of eight phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles. This final rule will become effective 180 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Reminder – South Korea – Revision of Safety Standards for Infant and Children’s Textile Products
Oct 23, 2017 Softlines
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) in South Korea has published two Notices of Revision, No. 2017-16 and 2017-17, in January 2017 regarding their safety standards for infant’s textile products subject to Safety Confirmation Act and children’s textile products subject to Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act respectively. The new amendments will be effective from February 1, 2018.
EN 60335-2-9 LISTED IN THE OJ OF LVD (HARMONISED STANDARDS UNDER 2014/35/EU)
Oct 17, 2017 Electrical and Electronics
The European Union formulated commission decision (EU) 2017/1357 on July 19, 2017. The standard EN 60335-2-9:2003 shall be listed in the OJ of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU with a restriction.
EU Further Amends Proposal for BPA in Food Contact Materials and Articles
Oct 16, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Food
The EU proposes to further amend its draft legislation on BPA in ‘food contact plastics’ and ‘food contact varnishes or coatings’. If approved, the new provisions could become effective in late 2018.