Insight Bulletins: Apparel and Accessories

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2017
Vol. 993 | 11 October 2017

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

In September, the Guangxi QTS, Shandong QTS and Shanghai QTS launched the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB/T 2910-2009 "Textiles - Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Part 1: General Principles of Testing, More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2017
Vol. 987 | 12 September 2017

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

In August, the Shanghai QTS, Hunan QTS and Chongqing Fiber Association launched a special product quality supervision for fiber products, cotton material and bedding articles. The Shanghai QTS checked 40 batches product and found 4 batches that failed, resulting in a failure rate of 10% More…

U.S. – CPSC Exempts Seven Plastics from CPSIA Section 108 Phthalate Content Testing Requirements
Vol. 984 | 31 August 2017

U.S. – CPSC Exempts Seven Plastics from CPSIA Section 108 Phthalate Content Testing Requirements

On August 30, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the final rule, 16 CFR 1308 – Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain Plastics. This rule exempts seven plastics with specified additives from More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2017
Vol. 982 | 11 August 2017

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

In July, the Shanghai Administration of Quality Supervision, Ningxia Administration of Quality Supervision and Qinghai Administration of Quality Supervision launched a special product quality supervision for bedding articles. The spot checks were conducted according to GB 18401 "National general safety technical code for textile products," GB/T 5296.4-2012 More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List
Vol. 980 | 10 July 2017

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List

On 10th July 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of a new a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The addition is perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS). These substances may be used as a surfactant and wetting agent. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2017
Vol. 979 | 07 July 2017

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

In June, the Shanxi Administration of Quality Supervision launched the special product quality supervision for towels, bath towels, pillowcases and sheets. As a result of the inspection for towels the failure rate was 36.4%; for bath towels the failure rate was 45.8%; for pillowcases the failure rate was 33.8% and More…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 – 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Nov. 2016
Vol. 940 | 14 December 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Nov. 2016

The Guangdong, Guangxi Province Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products.” More…

Health Canada Proposes to Expand the Scope of Consumer Products Covered for Total Lead Restrictions
Vol. 939 | 12 December 2016

Health Canada Proposes to Expand the Scope of Consumer Products Covered for Total Lead Restrictions

On December 3, 2016, Health Canada published proposal for the Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I to expand the scope of the product covered for total lead restrictions under the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations. More…

Health Canada Proposes to Revise Children’s Jewellery Regulations
Vol. 938 | 12 December 2016

Health Canada Proposes to Revise Children’s Jewellery Regulations

On December 3, 2016, Health Canada published proposal in Canada Gazette, Part I to amend the Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2016-168. The proposed requirements are intended to improve the safety of children’s jewellery and to align the children’s jewellery total lead content limit More…

China – 2016 Updated Textile Product Standard List
Vol. 937 | 22 November 2016

China – 2016 Updated Textile Product Standard List

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released an announcement No. 56 of 2016 with updated standard information. For the textile product standard, please refer to the following information: More…

EU REACH – Proposal to add PFOA to Annex XVII
Vol. 936 | 17 November 2016

EU REACH – Proposal to add PFOA to Annex XVII

The European Commission issued a draft regulation to add the restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). More…

Vietnam – Issuance of Circular to Withdraw the Inspection of Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines in Textile Products
Vol. 935 | 09 November 2016

Vietnam – Issuance of Circular to Withdraw the Inspection of Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines in Textile Products

The Vietnam Ministry of Trade and Industry recently issued Circular 23/2016/TT-BCT to replace Circular 37/2015/TT-BCT on permitted limits of content of formaldehyde and aromatic amines released from Azo dyes in textile products. The abolishment of this circular will come into force on 26 Nov 2016. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Oct. 2016
Vol. 934 | 07 November 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Oct. 2016

On the published spot check report of October, the Beijing, Liaoning, Zhejiang and Shandong Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 More…

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-16
Vol. 933 | 21 October 2016

U.S. – ASTM Publishes Revised Toy Safety Standard – F963-16

On October 20, 2016, ASTM International published revised toy safety standard F963-16 as part of its ongoing effort to monitor and proactively address concerns pertaining to the toy safety. The update was five years in the making and includes significant revisions to strengthen the safety of toys More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Sept. 2016
Vol. 930 | 13 October 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks – Sept. 2016

On the published spot check report of September, Guangdong, Sichuan , Henan and Hebei Municipal Administrations for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s and infant wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 31701-2015 “Safety Technical Code for Infants and Children Textile Products.” More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Aug 2016
Vol. 929 | 08 September 2016

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

In the second quarter, the Liaoning Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for children’s wear. The spot check inspected 20 batches of samples covered most of Liaoning province. More…

China – 2016 Updated Footwear and Light Industrial Product Standard List
Vol. 927 | 06 September 2016

China – 2016 Updated Footwear and Light Industrial Product Standard List

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 37 of 2016, which published updates to a number of footwear standards. These standards include some product standards such as More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Four Polymeric Materials from CPSIA Phthalate Content Testing Requirements
Vol. 926 | 22 August 2016

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Four Polymeric Materials from CPSIA Phthalate Content Testing Requirements

On August 17, 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to exempt four polymeric materials – polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2016
Vol. 923 | 09 August 2016

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

The new mandatory standard GB 31701-2015 for infant and children’s textile products has been effective from June 1, 2016. Recently, China Consumer Association (CCA) launched a test for some infant products in the market according to this new mandatory standard. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2016
Vol. 920 | 13 July 2016

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

The Beijing Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a product quality supervision and inspection for Children's wear, . The spot check inspected 7 batches of samples according to GB 31701-2015 "Safety technical code for infants and children’s textile products." More…

U.S. – Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Passed
Vol. 919 | 05 July 2016

U.S. – Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Passed

On June 22, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act1 (Lautenberg Act) into law, the changes are effective immediately. The Act is the first major change to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since... More…

Turkey – Risk-based Import Control System (GTIB-IRIS) Consumer Product Audits
Vol. 917 | 24 June 2016

Turkey – Risk-based Import Control System (GTIB-IRIS) Consumer Product Audits

On April 30, 2016, Turkey’s Ministry of Customs and Trade announced that the Turkish Ministry of Economy published an announcement concerning the auditing of imported consumer products, with issue No 29699. The effective date of this announcement was May 2, 2016. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List
Vol. 916 | 21 June 2016

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHC to Candidate List

On 20th June, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of a new a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The substance is benzo[def]chrysene, which is detailed below for reference: More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Non-Textile Spot Checks in May 2016
Vol. 914 | 02 June 2016

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Non-Textile Spot Checks in May 2016

In order to enforce quality control on children’s products and guarantee the health and safety of children, authorities in several provinces of China launched quality inspections for children’s products before Children’s Day (June 1st, 2016). Intertek has summarized the results below for your reference. More…

EU Reach – Lead Restrictions Now in Force
Vol. 913 | 02 June 2016

EU Reach – Lead Restrictions Now in Force

As previously announced in Insight No. 826, from 1 June 2016, lead is restricted in consumer products supplied to the public in the EU under Entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH. The total content limit of lead of 0.05% is applied... More…

U.S. – Styrene added to the California OEHHA Proposition 65 List
Vol. 912 | 02 June 2016

U.S. – Styrene added to the California OEHHA Proposition 65 List

On April 22, 2016, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added styrene to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65. More…

China - Quality and Safety Inspection Results of Imported Consumer Goods Published
Vol. 911 | 26 May 2016

China - Quality and Safety Inspection Results of Imported Consumer Goods Published

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) recently published the inspection results of some sensitive and high-risk imported consumer goods, including imported car seats for children, apparel, food contact articles and disposable sanitary products. More…

China – 2016 Updated Textile Standard List
Vol. 910 | 24 May 2016

China – 2016 Updated Textile Standard List

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No. 7 of 2016, which published updates to a number of standards. The standards include two important product standards for apparel and home textiles: More…

U.S. – California Prop 65 Bisphenol A (BPA) Warning Label Requirement
Vol. 909 | 13 May 2016

U.S. – California Prop 65 Bisphenol A (BPA) Warning Label Requirement

On May 11, 2015, Bisphenol A (BPA) was identified by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity and was added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2016
Vol. 908 | 03 May 2016

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

The Shanxi Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a product quality supervision and inspection for T-shirts, denims, leather belts, jackets, dresses and hosiery: More…

China – 2016 Supervision and Inspection of Uncatalogued Imported and Exported Commodities Launched
Vol. 907 | 03 May 2016

China – 2016 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... More…

China – 2016 Updated Textile and Light Industrial Product Standard List
Vol. 905 | 26 April 2016

China – 2016 Updated Textile and Light Industrial Product Standard List

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 17 of 2016, which published updates to a number of apparel industry standards. The standards include some product standards for apparel and textile accessories such as... More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2016
Vol. 904 | 01 April 2016

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

The Jiangsu Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for brassieres at manufactures, in the market and e-commerce platforms. The spot check inspected 247 batches of samples; 177 batches were found unqualified. More…