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Washington State Regulates Perfluorinated Chemicals in Food Packaging
Apr 03, 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
Mar 26, 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
Mar 26, 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
Mar 19, 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
Mar 19, 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.
EU to Amend Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products
Mar 15, 2018 Food
On January 16, 2018, the European Union announced three Commission Regulations amending Annexes II, III and IV to Directive 2005/396/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to MRLs for pesticide in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.