Insight Bulletins: Housewares and Furniture

Argentina – Publishes Authorization Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles
Vol. 994 | 13 October 2017

Argentina – Publishes Authorization Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles

On 21 September 2017, the National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) of Argentina published Disposition 10088-E/2017 on the authorization requirements for food contact materials and articles. It entered into force on 9 October 2017. The highlights for the importers are as follows More…

U.S. – EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products
Vol. 990 | 03 October 2017

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

On September 25, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule extending the compliance dates for the formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule, issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI, and published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016 More…

U.S. – Maine Passes Act Prohibiting Use of Flame-retardant Chemicals in Residential Upholstered Furniture
Vol. 988 | 20 September 2017

U.S. – Maine Passes Act Prohibiting Use of Flame-retardant Chemicals in Residential Upholstered Furniture

On August 2, 2017, the Maine state legislature voted to override the Governor’s veto and pass House Bill LD182 prohibiting the sale and distribution of residential upholstered furniture containing flame retardants. By enacting this bill, Maine becomes first state to categorically ban the use of 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

EU – Regulation Amending and Correcting Regulation (EU) No 10-2011 on Plastic Food Contact Materials and Articles Approved
Vol. 928 | 07 September 2016

EU – Regulation Amending and Correcting Regulation (EU) No 10-2011 on Plastic Food Contact Materials and Articles Approved

On 25 August 2016, the Regulation (EU) 2016/1416 has beenwas published by the European Commission to amend and correct Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. It clarifies and corrects some definitions and testing conditions, 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…

Japan – New Requirement for Food Contact Articles made of Polyethylene Naphthalate under Food Sanitation Law
Vol. 921 | 03 August 2016

Japan – New Requirement for Food Contact Articles made of Polyethylene Naphthalate under Food Sanitation Law

On 8 June 2016, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published Notice No. 245 to approve adding new requirements for food utensils, containers and packaging made mainly of Polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) under the Food Sanitation Law. 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…

EU – HBCDD Prohibited under POPs Regulation
Vol. 918 | 30 June 2016

EU – HBCDD Prohibited under POPs Regulation

On March 2, 2016, The European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2016/293 to amend Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regarding hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). According to the new Regulation, the production, placing on the market and use of HBCDD 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…

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…

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…

Australia Proposes to Revise Mandatory Safety Standard for Bunk Beds
Vol. 900 | 18 March 2016

Australia Proposes to Revise Mandatory Safety Standard for Bunk Beds

On 29 February 2016, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) published the consultation document to review the current mandatory safety standard for bunk beds (Consumer Protection Notice No.1 of 2003 – Consumer Product Safety Standard: Bunk Beds) More…

Brazil Approves Quality Technical Regulation for Children’s Cots
Vol. 897 | 19 February 2016

Brazil Approves Quality Technical Regulation for Children’s Cots

On 1 February 2016, Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) published Ordinance No. 53/2016 to approve the Quality Technical Regulation for children's cots, including tailor-made, folding, convertible – when in cradle position – balance and swinging cots. More…

EU – CEN Publishes Specification for Slide Fasteners EN 16732: 2015
Vol. 896 | 10 February 2016

EU – CEN Publishes Specification for Slide Fasteners EN 16732: 2015

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a standard on requirements for zip fasteners. The new standard is EN 16732: 2015 Specification for Slide Fasteners and it is the first EU-wide standard for this component. More…

Japan Proposes Enforcement Order of the Act on Preventing Environmental Pollution of Mercury
Vol. 892 | 04 February 2016

Japan Proposes Enforcement Order of the Act on Preventing Environmental Pollution of Mercury

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of the Environment (MoE) have proposed an Enforcement Order relating to “Act on Preventing Environmental Pollution of Mercury,” which implements the Minamata Convention on Mercury to protect human health and More…

EU REACH – Amended Nickel Release Standard Published in List of Harmonised Standards – EN 1811:2011 + A1: 2015
Vol. 889 | 19 January 2016

EU REACH – Amended Nickel Release Standard Published in List of Harmonised Standards – EN 1811:2011 + A1: 2015

The amended nickel standard EN 1811:2011 + A1:2015 has been adopted in the list of harmonised standards published on 15 January 2015 in the EU official journal. This means that the amended standard is to be used to demonstrate compliance with the REACH requirement in Annex XVII... More…

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2016-26 Restricting Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in Textile Products
Vol. 888 | 18 January 2016

EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2016-26 Restricting Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in Textile Products

The EU Commission published a regulation on 13th January 2016, that will restrict the level of nonylphenol ethoxylates in textile products. Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/26 regarding nonylphenol ethoxylates amends Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament More…

Mexico Proposes Food Contact Standard for Glazed Ceramic, Glazed Pottery, Porcelain Articles and Glassware
Vol. 886 | 12 January 2016

Mexico Proposes Food Contact Standard for Glazed Ceramic, Glazed Pottery, Porcelain Articles and Glassware

The Mexican Ministry of Health has proposed the draft Mexican Official Standard NOM-231-SSA1-2015 "Glazed ceramic, glazed pottery, porcelain articles and glassware – Maximum permissible limits of soluble lead and cadmium – Test method" to replace NOM-231-SSA1-2002. More…

France – Methodological Document Published for Food Contact Metals and Alloys
Vol. 884 | 12 January 2016

France – Methodological Document Published for Food Contact Metals and Alloys

The French General Directorate of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) has published a methodological document (DM/4B/COM/001) for metals and alloys intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. The DM/4B/COM/001 will be applicable from 1 January 2016 More…

EU REACH – Revised Guidance Document Published by ECHA following European Court of Justice Ruling on SVHCs in Articles
Vol. 880 | 22 December 2015

EU REACH – Revised Guidance Document Published by ECHA following European Court of Justice Ruling on SVHCs in Articles

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated the guidance document on requirements for substances in articles. The document has been edited following the judgement of the Court of Justice of 10 September 2015. More…

EU REACH - ECHA Announces Addition of 5 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 879 | 21 December 2015

EU REACH - ECHA Announces Addition of 5 SVHCs to Candidate List

On 17th December, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 5 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The substances are detailed below for reference More…

Vietnam Approves Technical Regulation on Glass, Ceramic and Enameled Food Contact Articles and Packaging
Vol. 878 | 18 December 2015

Vietnam Approves Technical Regulation on Glass, Ceramic and Enameled Food Contact Articles and Packaging

The Ministry of Health of Vietnam has published Circular No. 35/2015/TT-BYT mandating Technical Regulation QCVN 12-4:2015/BYT for domestic and imported food contact articles and packaging made of glass, ceramic (including porcelain), glass-ceramic and enamel. The circular will be effective from 1 May 2016. More…

U.S. – Vermont Approves Reporting Rule for Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products
Vol. 877 | 13 December 2015

U.S. – Vermont Approves Reporting Rule for Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. state of Vermont Legislative Council approved the Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rulei, under Act No. 188ii relating to the regulation of toxic substances. This rule went into effect December 10, 2015 More…

China Publishes New Recall Regulations for Defective Consumer Products
Vol. 876 | 10 December 2015

China Publishes New Recall Regulations for Defective Consumer Products

The China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) recently published “Regulations of Administration of Recall of Defective Consumer Products,” which will become effective January 1, 2016. There are currently recall regulations in place for... More…

EU – Commission Regulation (EU) 2015-2030 Amends Regulation (EC) No 850-2004 Regarding Persistent Organic Pollutants
Vol. 873 | 18 November 2015

EU – Commission Regulation (EU) 2015-2030 Amends Regulation (EC) No 850-2004 Regarding Persistent Organic Pollutants

The EU recently published Regulation 2015/2030, which amends Annex I of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), regarding the prohibition of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs, C10-C13 chloroalkanes). More…

Brazil Proposes Quality Technical Regulation for Gas Lighters
Vol. 872 | 13 November 2015

Brazil Proposes Quality Technical Regulation for Gas Lighters

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) of Brazil has recently published Ordinance No.525/2015, a draft of the Quality Technical Regulation for gas lighters, for public consultation. It is applicable to gas lighters (rechargeable or disposable), with bodies manufactured of polymer (plastic resins). More…

China Proposes GB Standard for Sunglasses and Sunglare Filters
Vol. 870 | 05 November 2015

China Proposes GB Standard for Sunglasses and Sunglare Filters

The draft GB standard on general requirements for sunglasses and sunglare filters was recently released for public consultation. It is applicable to all plano power sunglasses, sun glare filters, and clip-ons for general use, including road use and driving, intended for protection against solar radiation. More…

Indonesia Revises Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for Melamine Food and Drink Utensils
Vol. 868 | 03 November 2015

Indonesia Revises Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for Melamine Food and Drink Utensils

The Ministry of Industry of Indonesia has published Regulation No.77/M-IND/PER/9/2015 to revise the application of Indonesia National Standard (SNI) for melamine food and drink utensils. This Regulation enters into force immediately and revokes Regulation No.20/M-IND/PER/2/2012. More…

U.S. – CPSC Publishes Direct Final Rule Clarifying Applicability of Component Part Testing and Lead Content Exemption for Textile Prints
Vol. 865 | 23 October 2015

U.S. – CPSC Publishes Direct Final Rule Clarifying Applicability of Component Part Testing and Lead Content Exemption for Textile Prints

On October 14, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a direct final rule amending the Component Part Testing Rule, 16 CFR 1109, clarifying when it may be used, and Lead Content Material Exemptions Rule, 16 CFR 1500.91, clarifying which printed textiles have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits. More…

China Proposes New GB Standards for Certain Food Contact Materials and Articles
Vol. 864 | 21 October 2015

China Proposes New GB Standards for Certain Food Contact Materials and Articles

Recently, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHFPC) released six new draft GB standards for food contact materials and articles of plastic, rubber, metal and paper, as well as food contact coatings, for public consultation. More…