Consumer Products Insight Bulletins

As part of our commitment to support and add value to our customers, Intertek regularly publishes and distributes important information about the consumer products industry in the form of our Insight (formerly known as Sparkle) technical bulletins. Insight provides updates on quality and safety requirements of consumer products for each and every country across the globe. Each Insight includes a detailed synopsis on continually changing standards and how they affect your business, to supply you with the knowledge and potential solutions to stay competitive in today's global marketplace.

 

U.S. – Update to ANSI-BIFMA X5.1 - 2017 Office Chairs
Vol. 951 | 21 February 2017

U.S. – Update to ANSI-BIFMA X5.1 - 2017 Office Chairs

On February, 14, 2017, BIFMA released the 2017 version of X5.1 standard for the General Purpose Office Chairs. Outlined below are some major and minor changes to the standard, which may affect the ability of certain products to meet the BIFMA X5.1 standard. More…

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2017-227 Restricting Decabrompdiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in Products
Vol. 950 | 14 February 2017

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2017-227 Restricting Decabrompdiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in Products

The European Commission has published Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/227 amending Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. The Regulation introduces a restriction on the use of the substance decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) under entry no. 67 of Annex XVII of REACH. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves Revised ASTM F963-16 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard
Vol. 949 | 10 February 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves Revised ASTM F963-16 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously on January 25, 2017, to accept revisions and approve the revised ASTM standard, F963-16, as the mandatory toy safety standard. Subsequently, on February 2, 2017, the U.S. CPSC published the final rule that approves ASTM F963-16... More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers
Vol. 948 | 07 February 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-2 to approve the final rule 16 CFR 1228, Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 947 | 19 January 2017

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 4 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The substances are detailed below for reference... More…

US – California Proposition 65 Revisions to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings and Enforcement Actions by Private Parties
Vol. 946 | 18 January 2017

US – California Proposition 65 Revisions to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings and Enforcement Actions by Private Parties

On August 31, 2016, following nearly two years of deliberation, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted regulatory amendments to the clear and reasonable warnings section of the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulations. These regulations repeal the current Article 6 addressing... More…

China – 2017 Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List
Vol. 945 | 16 January 2017

China – 2017 Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently published announcement No.27 of 2016 to update state standards. The update includes some important standards for down and feather, leather and fur, such as... More…

China – Standard QB-T 2880-2016 Children’s leather shoes Issued
Vol. 944 | 13 January 2017

China – Standard QB-T 2880-2016 Children’s leather shoes Issued

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China issued a standard QB/T 2880-2016 , which came into effect on Jan 1st, 2017. This standard is applicable to shoes worn by children under/equal to 14 years old. More…

China – 2016 Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List
Vol. 943 | 10 January 2017

China – 2016 Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently published announcement No.23 of 2016, which provides updates to state standards. The updates include some important textile product standards such as... More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Dec 2016
Vol. 942 | 06 January 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Dec 2016

The Heilongjiang and Guangxi Province Municipal Administrations for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for infant wear in December 2016. More…

Australia Issues Proposed Ban Notice for Decorative Alcohol Fueled Burners
Vol. 941 | 04 January 2017

Australia Issues Proposed Ban Notice for Decorative Alcohol Fueled Burners

On 21 December 2016, the Commonwealth of Australian proposed a draft notice for the a national ban on decorative alcohol fueled burners following the interim bans imposed in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory. More…