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. – CPSC Requires Clothing Storage Units to Comply with ASTM F2057
Vol. 1065 | 15 March 2019

U.S. – CPSC Requires Clothing Storage Units to Comply with ASTM F2057

On February 27, 2019, Acting U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Buerkle spoke at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Annual Training & Symposium informing that effective immediately clothing storage units not meeting the requirements in ASTM F2057-17 will More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019
Vol. 1064 | 14 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019

In February, the Shanxi AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and GB/T 22844-2009 “Matched bedding.” More…

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE
Vol. 1063 | 11 March 2019

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE

UV Protective clothing is considered as Category 1 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under the scope of the EU Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment 2016/425. This requires that the manufacturer or EU distributor should prepare a technical file, which should contain More…

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides
Vol. 1062 | 07 March 2019

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides

As part of the systemic review of all the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comments on whether to repeal, amend or retain the Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products, 16 CFR 24 (Leather Guides). More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019
Vol. 1061 | 07 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019

In January, the Jiangsu AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” More…

U.S. – ANSI/ BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units Standard Updated
Vol. 1060 | 04 March 2019

U.S. – ANSI/ BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units Standard Updated

On February 1, 2019, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) released a new version of the industry standard for storage units, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9-2019. The following are the revisions to the amendment as compared to ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9-2012 version: More…

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I
Vol. 1059 | 01 March 2019

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I

Clothing designed and marketed as offering solar ultraviolet (UV) protection could be tested according to a variety of existing UV transmission test methods. This type of clothing previously wasn’t mentioned under the PPE directive 89/686/EEC. The new European PPE Regulation 2016/425 was listed in More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019 Approved
Vol. 1058 | 22 February 2019

Australia – Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019 Approved

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019. The amendment entered into force on 14 February 2019. This safety standard amends the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Prams and Strollers (Consumer Protection Notice No. 8 of 2007) More…

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing
Vol. 1057 | 19 February 2019

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering improvements to www.SaferProducts.gov, the organization’s publicly available consumer product safety information database, to make the portal easier to understand, navigate, and interact with, as well as more useful for submitting and obtaining desired information. More…

U.S. – Vermont Proposes Amendments to the Children’s Products Reporting Rule
Vol. 1056 | 06 February 2019

U.S. – Vermont Proposes Amendments to the Children’s Products Reporting Rule

The Vermont Department of Health has proposed various amendments to the Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule to better align this rule with the other state reporting rules such as those for Washington and Oregon. Under this rule, “child” or “children” means an individual or More…

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Tents Regulations and Consequently to the Toys Regulations
Vol. 1055 | 05 February 2019

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Tents Regulations and Consequently to the Toys Regulations

On January 22, 2019 Health Canada published a notice proposing amendments to the Tents Regulations, SOR/2016-185, to replace the flammability and labeling requirements. Consequently, the notice also proposes removing indoor play tents from the scope of the Tents Regulations and bringing them within the Toys Regulations, but More…

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation
Vol. 1054 | 29 January 2019

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation

On January 24, 2019, the Government of Manitoba announced the repeal of the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, 78/2004. The regulation will be revoked effective January 1, 2020. Due to the revocation of this regulation, starting January 1, 2020, upholstered and stuffed articles offered More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018
Vol. 1053 | 24 January 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018

In December, the Beijing AMR and Zhejiang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1052 | 16 January 2019

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 6 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. Four of the substances in list are polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which may be used in polymer production. More…