Insight Bulletins: Soft Home Furnishings

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 Restricting CMR Substances in Clothing
Vol. 1045 | 12 October 2018

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 Restricting CMR Substances in Clothing

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2018/1513, which introduces a restriction on certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products. The regulation amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the More…

U.S. – Oregon Amends Toxic-Free Kids Rule
Vol. 1042 | 02 October 2018

U.S. – Oregon Amends Toxic-Free Kids Rule

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) amended the Toxic-Free Kids Rule (TFKR), also known as the Children’s Products Reporting Rule requirements. Following are the amendments: High Priority Chemicals of Concern for Children’s Health (HPCCCH) list revision. Based on the revision to the Washington Children’s Products Reporting Rule More…

U.S. – California Passes AB-2998 Prohibiting Flame Retardants in Juvenile Products, Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses
Vol. 1041 | 01 October 2018

U.S. – California Passes AB-2998 Prohibiting Flame Retardants in Juvenile Products, Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses

On September 29, 2018, California Governor Brown signed bill AB-2998, which prohibits the sale of new juvenile products, mattresses and upholstered furniture that contains specified flame retardants. Effective January 1, 2020, the Act prohibits sale, offer for sale and distribution in the State of California of 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2015
Vol. 885 | 12 January 2016

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2015

The Guangzhou Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for women’s undergarments. The spot check inspected 80 batches of samples; 21 batches were found unqualified. 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…

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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2015
Vol. 875 | 07 December 2015

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2015

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for bedding, leather footwear, garments, travelling cases and trolley bags. 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in October 2015
Vol. 869 | 03 November 2015

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in October 2015

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for undergarments. The spot check inspected 40 batches of samples; 3 batches were found unqualified. 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…

EU – Publication of Updated List of Standards Harmonised under General Product Safety Directive
Vol. 860 | 16 October 2015

EU – Publication of Updated List of Standards Harmonised under General Product Safety Directive

The updated list of standards harmonised under the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) has been published in the EU’s Official Journal. The harmonised standards can give presumption of conformity with the essential or other requirements of the General Product Safety Directive. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2015
Vol. 858 | 13 October 2015

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2015

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for products with filling materials (pillows and quilts). The spot check inspected 40 batches of samples; No no batches were found unqualified. More…

EU REACH – European Court of Justice Rules on SVHCs in Articles
Vol. 854 | 15 September 2015

EU REACH – European Court of Justice Rules on SVHCs in Articles

The EU Court of Justice passed a ruling on the 10th September on the interpretation of the requirement to notify the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) about the presence of a substance of very high concern (SVHC) in an 'article'. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2015
Vol. 853 | 09 September 2015

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in August 2015

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision launched a special product quality supervision and inspection for schoolbags. The spot check inspected 30 batches of samples; 10 batches were found unqualified. More…

U.S. – Law Labeling Requirements Updates for Filled Bedding and Furniture Products
Vol. 852 | 26 August 2015

U.S. – Law Labeling Requirements Updates for Filled Bedding and Furniture Products

The International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO) recently updated its guidance document outlining the law labeling information requirements set forth by various States for filled bedding and furniture products sold in the U.S. More…

U.S. – Maine Adopts Rules Requiring Reporting for Formaldehyde and Phthalates in Certain Children’s Products
Vol. 844 | 05 August 2015

U.S. – Maine Adopts Rules Requiring Reporting for Formaldehyde and Phthalates in Certain Children’s Products

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection adopted two rules designating formaldehyde and four phthalates (di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), or diethyl phthalate (DEP)) as priority chemicals under its Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products rules. More…

U.S. – Oregon Toxic Free Kids Act Signed into Law
Vol. 842 | 29 July 2015

U.S. – Oregon Toxic Free Kids Act Signed into Law

On July 28, 2015, Oregon’s Toxic Free Kids Act (Senate bill 478) was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown; it will go into effect January 1, 2016. This bill is similar to the laws in the states of Vermont and Washington; and establishes a list of high priority chemicals... More…