Insight Bulletins: Apparel and Accessories

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2018
Vol. 1039 | 17 September 2018

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

In August, the Shanghai QTS, Shanghai AIC, Zhejiang QTS, Jiangsu QTS, Guangdong QTS, Shaanxi QTS and Shanxi QTS 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…

Health Canada Issues Notice Regarding Safety of Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age
Vol. 1038 | 16 August 2018

Health Canada Issues Notice Regarding Safety of Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued a notice informing manufacturers, importers and retailers that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age may represent strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2018
Vol. 1037 | 14 August 2018

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

In July, the Liaoning QTS and Qinghai QTS 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2018
Vol. 1036 | 18 July 2018

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

In June, the Jiangsu QTS, Liaoning QTS and Jilin AIC 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 – Addition of 10 SVHCs to Candidate List Announced by ECHA
Vol. 1031 | 28 June 2018

EU REACH – Addition of 10 SVHCs to Candidate List Announced by ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List, bringing the total number of substances on the list to 191. The 10 substances are detailed below for reference. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2018
Vol. 1027 | 14 June 2018

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

In May, the Zhejiang QTS, He’nan QTS, Sichuan AIC, Hubei AIC and Hebei AIC 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,” More…

Health Canada Amends Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2018-82
Vol. 1025 | 24 May 2018

Health Canada Amends Children’s Jewellery Regulations, SOR/2018-82

On May 2, 2018, Health Canada published the amended Children’s Jewellery Regulation SOR/2018-82 in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The amended Children’s Jewellery Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act [CCPSA] adds a 130 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) total cadmium limit for More…

China – 2018 Updated Textile, Footwear and Light Industrial Products Standard List
Vol. 1024 | 11 May 2018

China – 2018 Updated Textile, Footwear and Light Industrial Products Standard List

Recently the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 23 of 2018 published updates of standards. There are two important textile product standards that have been updated: FZ/T 43014-2018 “Silk scarf and shawl” and FZ/T 81010-2018 “Trench coats.” More…

China – Updated Standard GB/T 11951-2018 Issued
Vol. 1023 | 10 May 2018

China – Updated Standard GB/T 11951-2018 Issued

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Standardization Administration Committee of the People’s Republic of China issued an updated standard GB/T 11951-2018 , which will come into effect on Sep 1st, 2018. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2018
Vol. 1022 | 10 May 2018

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

In April, the State Administration for Market Regulation (AQSIQ and SAIC), Hunan AIC and Shanxi QTS 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 More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2018
Vol. 1021 | 18 April 2018

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

In March, the Beijing QTS, Zhejiang QTS, Jiangsu QTS, Shandong AIC, Fujian QTS and Jilin AIC 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 More…

U.S. – City of San Francisco Bans Sale of Fur and Fur Products
Vol. 1020 | 17 April 2018

U.S. – City of San Francisco Bans Sale of Fur and Fur Products

On April 13, 2018 the City and County of San Francisco (California) passed ordinance to ban the sale of “Fur” and “Fur Products.” The ordinance prohibits sale, offer for sale, display and manufacturing of fur from January 1, 2019. “Fur” and “Fur Products” are defined as: More…

U.S. – EPA Revises Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products
Vol. 1019 | 13 April 2018

U.S. – EPA Revises Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

On March 13, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order addressing the litigation over the December 12, 2018, compliance date for the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI. More…

Turkey Proposes to Amend Safety Requirements for Certain Consumer Products
Vol. 1018 | 06 April 2018

Turkey Proposes to Amend Safety Requirements for Certain Consumer Products

The Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey has proposed to amend the safety requirements for certain consumer products under the Communique published in Official Gazette No. 29701. The proposed requirements are highlighted as follows: More…

U.S. CPSC and Health Canada – DRAFT 'Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products'
Vol. 1017 | 29 March 2018

U.S. CPSC and Health Canada – DRAFT 'Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products'

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have both published the draft “Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products” for public comment. The draft guidance document was co-developed by CPSC and Health Canada staff to provide guidance to More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2018
Vol. 1015 | 09 March 2018

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

In February, the Shanghai QTS, Zhejiang QTS, Shandong AIC, He’nan AIC and Gansu QTS 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 More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2018
Vol. 1013 | 07 February 2018

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

In January, the Zhejiang AIC, Tianjin MSA and Ningxia QTS announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to... More…

EU REACH – EU Commission Publishes Draft Restriction on Substances in Clothing and other Textile Products
Vol. 1012 | 07 February 2018

EU REACH – EU Commission Publishes Draft Restriction on Substances in Clothing and other Textile Products

The EU Commission published a draft regulation that will amend Annex XVII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and introduce further chemical restrictions on the use of substances in apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products. More…

China – 2018 Updated Textile and Footwear Standards List
Vol. 1011 | 30 January 2018

China – 2018 Updated Textile and Footwear Standards List

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently published announcement No. 32 of 2017 with updates to textiles and footwear standards. The 2018 list includes some important updates to product standards and test methods for apparel, such as More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1009 | 17 January 2018

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 7 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. It has also amended the entry to the substance, bisphenol-A. The amendment to BPA and the 7 substances are detailed below for reference More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2017
Vol. 1007 | 10 January 2018

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

In December, the Beijing OTS and Inner Mongolia AIC announced the results of the special product quality supervision for children’s wear. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB 31701-2015 “Safety Technical Code for Infants and More…

China – Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List 2017
Vol. 1005 | 03 January 2018

China – Updated Textile and Footwear Standard List 2017

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No. 48 of 2017, which published the updates to various standards. The update includes some important product standards for apparel updated such as FZ/T 73012-2017 “Brassiere,” FZ/T 73028-2017 More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published
Vol. 1004 | 03 January 2018

Australia – Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 Published

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017. From 20 Dec 2019, flotation aids shall comply with the standard. A flotation aid is defined as an article: More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2017
Vol. 1001 | 04 December 2017

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

In November, the Zhejiang QTS, Anhui OTS and Shanxi AIC announced the results of 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. – California: PFOA and PFOS added to the Proposition 65 List
Vol. 999 | 17 November 2017

U.S. – California: PFOA and PFOS added to the Proposition 65 List

On November 10, 2017, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 More…

Australia Publishes Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017
Vol. 998 | 07 November 2017

Australia Publishes Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017. From 1 Jul 2019, sunglasses and fashion spectacles shall comply with Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017, which differs from the voluntary Australian/New Zealand standard More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in October 2017
Vol. 997 | 06 November 2017

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

In October, the Beijing QTS, Fujian OTS, Hubei QTS, Chongqing QTS, Shanxi QTS, Hu’nan QTS and Gansu QTS announced the results of 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 More…

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule to Modify and Expand the Ban on Phthalates in Toys and Child Care Articles
Vol. 996 | 23 October 2017

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule to Modify and Expand the Ban on Phthalates in Toys and Child Care Articles

On October 18, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve a Final Rule modifying and expanding the existing CPSC regulation limiting certain phthalates (plastic softeners) in toys and child care articles. The new Rule will go into effect in approximately six months’ time More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements
Vol. 995 | 19 October 2017

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Engineered Wood Products from CPSIA Chemical Testing Requirements

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to exempt certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (EWP) from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) section 101 total lead content, CPSIA section 108 phthalate More…

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…