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.

 

Health Canada Revises the Policy for the Sleepwear Designed for Infants
Vol. 978 | 14 June 2017

Health Canada Revises the Policy for the Sleepwear Designed for Infants

The Canada Children’s Sleepwear Regulations, SOR/2011-15, defines a tight-fitting sleepwear as: “tight-fitting sleepwear” means any children’s sleepwear in sizes up to and including 14X other than loose-fitting sleepwear. The tight-fitting sleepwear is subjected to the CAN/CGSB 4.2 No. 27.5 standard, the 45-degree angle flammability test, which is less stringent compared to More…

EU – European Commission Publishes Regulation (EU) 2017-1000 Amending REACH Annex XVII to Introduce Restrictions on PFOA
Vol. 977 | 14 June 2017

EU – European Commission Publishes Regulation (EU) 2017-1000 Amending REACH Annex XVII to Introduce Restrictions on PFOA

The European Commission has introduced a regulation adding an extra entry in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 for restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), salts and PFOA-related substances. Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 as regards perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances amends Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of More…

China –Textile, Footwear and Hardgoods Standards Abolished
Vol. 976 | 13 June 2017

China –Textile, Footwear and Hardgoods Standards Abolished

According to The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, the review work for 28,726 recommended standards is now complete. The following listed recommended standards concerning consumer products will be abolished as of the day of the announcement: More…

Algeria – Decree on Food Contact Materials and Articles Published
Vol. 975 | 12 June 2017

Algeria – Decree on Food Contact Materials and Articles Published

On 6 December 2017, Algeria published Executive Decree No. 16-299 to regulate food contact materials and articles, repealing Executive Decree No. 04-91. The Decree entered into force on 7 June 2017. Here are the highlights: More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2017
Vol. 974 | 07 June 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2017

In May, the Guangdong Administration of Quality Supervision, Guizhou Administration of Quality Supervision, Fujiang Administration of Quality Supervision, Ningxia Administration of Quality Supervision, Shanghai Administration of Quality Supervision, Weifang Administration of Quality Supervision, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Zhengjiang AIC, Shanghai CIQ and Qingpu (Shanghai) Marketing Supervision Administration launched a More…

Australia Publishes Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains Safety Standard
Vol. 973 | 05 June 2017

Australia Publishes Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains Safety Standard

On 8 May 2017, the Commonwealth of Australia published the Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017, which shall be enforced immediately. This mandatory standard applies to dummies designed specifically for babies and dummy chains and similar products intended to attach a baby’s dummy to his/her clothing. More…

China – 2017 Updated Textile and Footwear Standards List
Vol. 972 | 26 May 2017

China – 2017 Updated Textile and Footwear Standards List

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No.11 of 2017 and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 14 of 2017 to publish standards updates. These updates include some important apparel product standards, such as GB/T 2660-2017 More…

Canada Proposes New Playpen Regulations
Vol. 971 | 25 May 2017

Canada Proposes New Playpen Regulations

Because playpens are intended to be used for unsupervised sleep for children, they need to provide a safe and secure environment. The Canadian Playpen Regulations first came into effect in September 1976, and underwent significant revision in 1991. Over the last 25 years, there has been significant progress in playpen design and function More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats
Vol. 970 | 24 May 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats

As part of the rulemaking process required by the Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new federal regulation 16 CFR 1237 Safety Standard for Booster Seats More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2017
Vol. 969 | 11 May 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2017

In April, the Xiamen Marketing Supervision Administration launched a special product quality supervision for bedding articles. As a result of the inspection of 30 batches during the spot check, 11 batches failed. Primary failed test item: fiber content More…

EU – New Amendment to the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC – Lead Migration
Vol. 968 | 09 May 2017

EU – New Amendment to the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC – Lead Migration

Recently the EU published Directive 2017/738 to amend the migration limits for lead in toys. Primary Changes: From 28 October 2018, the limits for the migration of lead from toys will be reduced to the following levels: More…

EU – New Amendments to Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC
Vol. 967 | 08 May 2017

EU – New Amendments to Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive 2009-48-EC

The EU recently published Directive 2017/774 that amends Appendix C of the EU Toys Safety Directive by including restrictions on phenol in specific toys. Appendix C of Annex II of 2009/48/EC lists specific limit values for chemicals used in toys intended for children under 36 months or.. More…

China – 2017 Supervision and Inspection of Uncatalogued Imported and Exported Commodities Launched
Vol. 966 | 28 April 2017

China – 2017 Supervision and Inspection of Uncatalogued Imported and Exported Commodities Launched

In order to strengthen the overall quality supervision of import and export commodities, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of consumers and the interests of the state, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) announced that it will organize More…

Eurasian Union – Amends Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys
Vol. 965 | 26 April 2017

Eurasian Union – Amends Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys

On 30 March 2017, the Eurasian Economic Commission has published the decision to amend the Technical Regulation on Safety of Toys (TR CU 008/2011). The amendment will be effective from 30 March 2018. Below are the highlights of the amendments, toys and swings More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products
Vol. 964 | 25 April 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products

As part of the rulemaking process required by the Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing the new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1236 Safety Standard for Infant Inclined Sleep Products. The rule proposes to adopt More…

Australia – Updated Standard AS-NZS 1249: 2014 for Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Garments Adopted
Vol. 963 | 25 April 2017

Australia – Updated Standard AS-NZS 1249: 2014 for Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Garments Adopted

The Minister for Small Business of Australia has approved the Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017, which shall be enforced immediately to revoke the current safety standard, More…

Malaysia Amends Food Regulations 1985
Vol. 962 | 24 April 2017

Malaysia Amends Food Regulations 1985

On 3 April 2017, the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia approved to amend Food Regulations 1985 requirements for ceramic ware intended to be used in preparation, packaging, storage, delivery or exposure of food for human consumption. The new requirements shall be effective from 15 April 2017. More…

Turkey – Amendments to Toy Safety Regulation Approved
Vol. 961 | 24 April 2017

Turkey – Amendments to Toy Safety Regulation Approved

On 1 April 2017, the Turkey Ministry of Customs and Trade published an amendment to toy safety regulation in official Gazette No. 30025. Following are the highlights of the amendment and effective dates: More…

Algeria –Technical Regulation on Childcare Articles Approved
Vol. 960 | 21 April 2017

Algeria –Technical Regulation on Childcare Articles Approved

Algeria published a Joint Ministerial Decree to approve the technical regulation on the safety requirements of childcare articles, which will enter into force on 27 May 2017. The technical regulation applies to childcare products that are intended to secure or facilitate the relaxation, hygiene, sleep, moving, transport and physical protection More…

Japan Reviews Food Utensils, Containers and Packaging Regulation
Vol. 959 | 20 April 2017

Japan Reviews Food Utensils, Containers and Packaging Regulation

On 17 March 2017, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) launched a consultation to review the regulations for food utensils, containers and packaging. Currently, food utensils, containers and packaging are regulated under the Food Sanitation Law. The business operators shall, on their own responsibility, More…

China – New GB Standards for Food Contact Material Entered into Force on April 19, 2017
Vol. 958 | 19 April 2017

China – New GB Standards for Food Contact Material Entered into Force on April 19, 2017

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHFPC) published 53 new GB standards (GB 4806 series and GB 31604 series, etc.) for food contact material on November 18, 2016. All these standards will be entering into force in 2017. Nine products standards have been issued, More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2017
Vol. 957 | 10 April 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2017

In March, the Shanxi Consumer Protection Committee launched the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 5296.4-2012 "Instruction for use of products of consumer interest," GB 18401 "National general safety technical code for textile products," More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs
Vol. 956 | 07 April 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously approved the new federal regulation 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs. More…

Switzerland – Amendment to Toy Safety Ordinance
Vol. 955 | 06 April 2017

Switzerland – Amendment to Toy Safety Ordinance

On 16 Dec 2016, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) of Switzerland published an amendment to Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance (SR 817.023.11). The amendment will become effective on 1 May 2017. Toys that do not comply with the amended Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance may remain on the Swiss market until 30 Apr 2018. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F1821-16 for Toddler Beds in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 954 | 27 March 2017

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F1821-16 for Toddler Beds in Direct Final Rule

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved the new ASTM F1821-16 to be incorporated in the federal regulation: 16 CFR 1217 – Safety Standard for Toddler Beds. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Feb. 2017
Vol. 953 | 09 March 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Feb. 2017

In February, the Shanghai Consumer Protection Committee, and the Shanghai, Henan and Guangdong Province Municipal Administrations for Industry and Commerce launched a province -wide special product quality supervision, inspection and comparative experiment for bedding articles. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Jan 2017
Vol. 952 | 24 February 2017

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Jan 2017

In January, the Guangxi, Qinghai Province Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a province-wide special product quality supervision and inspection for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18383-2007 "General technical requirements for products with filling materials" More…

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…