Consumer Products Insight Bulletins

As part of our commitment to support and add value to our customers, Intertek regularly publishes and distributes important information about the consumer products industry in the form of our Insight (formerly known as Sparkle) technical bulletins. Insight provides updates on quality and safety requirements of consumer products for each and every country across the globe. Each Insight includes a detailed synopsis on continually changing standards and how they affect your business, to supply you with the knowledge and potential solutions to stay competitive in today's global marketplace.

 

China – Textile Standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 Approved to Replace 2009 Version
Vol. 1199 | 12 November 2020

China – Textile Standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 Approved to Replace 2009 Version

The Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No.22 of 2020, which included an update that GB/T 4146-2020 “Textiles—Man-made fibers—Part 1: Generic names” has replaced the 2009 version. It will be effective on May 1, 2021. More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in October 2020
Vol. 1198 | 10 November 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in October 2020

In October, the Shanghai AMR, Zhejiang AMR, Jiangsu AMR, Liaoning AMR, Jilin AMR, Nanjing AMR and Qingdao AMR (Shandong) announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles and textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 2626-2006 “Respiratory protective equipment—Non-powered air-purifying particle respirator” More…

U.S. – June 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1197 | 06 November 2020

U.S. – June 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest More…

China – GB 38995-2020 for Feeding Bottles and Teats Approved
Vol. 1196 | 06 November 2020

China – GB 38995-2020 for Feeding Bottles and Teats Approved

The standard will apply to infant feeding bottles, teats and drinking accessories made of plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, silicone rubber, and rubber. However, it will not apply to feeding bottles and teats for medical use, and pacifiers. More…

U.S. – CPSC Staff Guidance on COVID-19 Related Products Published
Vol. 1195 | 05 November 2020

U.S. – CPSC Staff Guidance on COVID-19 Related Products Published

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff has published guidance for COVID-19 related products such as face coverings, gowns, gloves, and disinfectant & cleaning products. Manufacturers should note that this guidance only covers the More…

India –Toy (Quality Control) Order 2020 Approved
Vol. 1194 | 03 November 2020

India –Toy (Quality Control) Order 2020 Approved

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India approved the Toy (Quality Control) Order 2020. It shall enter into force on 1 January 2021. Following are the highlights of the order: More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in September 2020
Vol. 1193 | 15 October 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in September 2020

In September, the Guangdong AMR, Shaanxi AMR, Guangzhou AMR and Shenyang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles and textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 2626-2006 “Respiratory protective equipment—Non-powered air-purifying particle respirator,” More…

China – Shanghai Customs Publishes Announcement to Further Optimize the Inspection of Imported Clothing
Vol. 1192 | 14 October 2020

China – Shanghai Customs Publishes Announcement to Further Optimize the Inspection of Imported Clothing

Shanghai Customs of the People’s Republic of China recently published Announcement Order No 5 of Customs, 2020, in order to optimize the inspection process of imported clothing in the customs area. This announcement will implement the work arrangement of the General Administration of Customs to stabilize foreign trade and More…

U.S. – FTC Finalizes Amendment to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (16 CFR 303)
Vol. 1191 | 07 October 2020

U.S. – FTC Finalizes Amendment to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (16 CFR 303)

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the Rules & Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act to incorporate the latest ISO 2076 standard: ISO 2076:2013(E), “Textiles—Man-made fibres—Generic names.” This incorporation by reference will... More…

U.S. – Prop 65 Settlement for Chromium VI in Leather Gloves
Vol. 1190 | 22 September 2020

U.S. – Prop 65 Settlement for Chromium VI in Leather Gloves

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office. In addition, any district attorney, city attorney (population greater than 750,000), or any individual acting in More…

Canada – Amendment to Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations Proposed
Vol. 1189 | 17 September 2020

Canada – Amendment to Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations Proposed

The Competition Bureau of Canada is proposing to revise the Textiles Labeling Act (TLA) and Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations (TLAR) to amend the scope of labeling requirements for upholstered and filled articles, along with streamlining those requirements for simplification. More…

United Arab Emirates – Child Care Articles Control Scheme Published
Vol. 1188 | 16 September 2020

United Arab Emirates – Child Care Articles Control Scheme Published

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has published the Cabinet Decision No. 34 of 2019 on UAE Control Scheme for Child Care Articles. This Decision applies to the products listed in the table below. This Decision is already effective. More…

EU – Amendment to Plastic Food Contact Regulation (EU) 10/2011 Approved
Vol. 1187 | 09 September 2020

EU – Amendment to Plastic Food Contact Regulation (EU) 10/2011 Approved

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 to amend Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic food contact materials and articles. The amendment will enter into force on 23 September 2020. The most significant changes are More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in August 2020
Vol. 1186 | 09 September 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in August 2020

In August, the Anhui AMR and Hainan AMR 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 18383-2007 More…

U.S. – Vermont Amends the Children’s Products Reporting Rule
Vol. 1185 | 08 September 2020

U.S. – Vermont Amends the Children’s Products Reporting Rule

The Vermont Department of Health’s Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Reporting Rule requires manufacturers of children’s products to disclose the presence of any intentionally added chemicals of concern above the practical quantification limit (PQL) or above 100ppm, when present as a contaminant. More…

Australia – Safety Standard for Toys Containing Magnets Approved
Vol. 1184 | 01 September 2020

Australia – Safety Standard for Toys Containing Magnets Approved

Australia has published the Consumer Goods (Toys Containing Magnets) Safety Standard 2020 to replace Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010 (CPN No. 5 of 2010). The new standard has already come into force. Suppliers may choose to comply with either CPN No. 5 of 2010 or More…

U.S. – The EPA Finalizes Amendments to SNUR for Long-chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances
Vol. 1183 | 31 August 2020

U.S. – The EPA Finalizes Amendments to SNUR for Long-chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances

On July 27, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the significant new use rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances, and an amendment to make inapplicable the exemption for persons who import a subset of More…

France – Replacement of Rubber Food Contact Regulation Approved
Vol. 1182 | 20 August 2020

France – Replacement of Rubber Food Contact Regulation Approved

The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery of France has published Order of 5 August 2020, on rubber food contact materials and articles and pacifiers for infants and young children, which shall replace and repeal Order of 9 November 1994, on 1 July 2021. More…

U.S. – Hong Kong’s U.S. Exports to be Labeled “Made in China”
Vol. 1181 | 14 August 2020

U.S. – Hong Kong’s U.S. Exports to be Labeled “Made in China”

On July 14, 2020, U.S. President Trump issued Executive Order 13936 on Hong Kong Normalization, in accordance with the suspension of the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, requiring imported goods produced in Hong Kong to indicate “China” as their origin. More…

Mercosur –Updates on Technical Regulations for Plastic Food Contact Articles Proposed
Vol. 1180 | 12 August 2020

Mercosur –Updates on Technical Regulations for Plastic Food Contact Articles Proposed

The Southern Common Market (Mercosur), comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, Venezuela and Bolivia, has published two draft resolutions to amend the Technical Regulations for plastic food contact articles. The key points of these two resolutions are summarized as follows... More…

U.S. – CPSC Delays adoption of ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1179 | 11 August 2020

U.S. – CPSC Delays adoption of ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers in Direct Final Rule

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved the new ASTM F2050-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation... More…

U.S. – Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Proposes Updated Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation
Vol. 1178 | 07 August 2020

U.S. – Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Proposes Updated Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation

The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) was established by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) in 1992 to assist with the adoption of the CONEG-developed Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation, which aims to reduce the presence of heavy metals and other harmful substances in More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in July 2020
Vol. 1177 | 07 August 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in July 2020

In July, the Guangdong AMR, Shandong AMR, Tianjin AMR, Henan AMR, Hainan AMR and Ningbo AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB 18383-2007 More…

U.S. – FTC Proposes 16 CFR 323 Made in USA Labeling
Vol. 1176 | 04 August 2020

U.S. – FTC Proposes 16 CFR 323 Made in USA Labeling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with protecting consumers from deceptive acts and practices under FTC Act. Section 5(a) of the FTC Act authorizes the FTC is to ensure that a ‘Made in USA’ claim, like any other claim, be truthful, non-deceptive and substantiated More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1239 Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures
Vol. 1175 | 03 August 2020

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1239 Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1239 Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures More…

U.S. – FTC Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Repeal Care Labeling Rule
Vol. 1174 | 28 July 2020

U.S. – FTC Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Repeal Care Labeling Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comment on a proposal to repeal the rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended (“Care Labeling Rule”). The deadline for public comments is September 21, 2020. More…

EU REACH – Explanatory Guide on REACH Annex XVII Entry 72 Published
Vol. 1173 | 28 July 2020

EU REACH – Explanatory Guide on REACH Annex XVII Entry 72 Published

The European Commission has published an explanatory guide to clarify the scope of articles intended to be covered and list the analytical methods for CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic) substances under entry 72 to Annex XVII of REACH. More…

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Monograph 14 Guidance on Textile Face Coverings for Adults
Vol. 1172 | 27 July 2020

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Monograph 14 Guidance on Textile Face Coverings for Adults

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has published Monograph 14 on textile face coverings for adults. AATCC has made this document available for free due to the COVID-19 pandemic at: https://www.aatcc.org/testing/emerging/ More…

Brazil – Amendments on Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles Approved
Vol. 1171 | 09 July 2020

Brazil – Amendments on Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles Approved

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) has published an ordinance to amend the Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles. The following is a summary of the amendments: More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in June 2020
Vol. 1170 | 09 July 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in June 2020

In June, the Zhejiang AMR and Jiangsu AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for textiles and bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,”... More…

Denmark – EPA Issues Report on Chemicals found in Slime Toys
Vol. 1169 | 01 July 2020

Denmark – EPA Issues Report on Chemicals found in Slime Toys

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report on chemicals in slime toys, focusing on preservatives used in the toys. Several non-compliant products were identified, due to the presence of borate and a risk due to the content of isothiazolinones. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1168 | 01 July 2020

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 4 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. Producers and importers of articles containing a substance included in the Candidate List have six months from addition to the candidate list to More…

EU – CEN Publishes Workshop Agreement on Community Face Coverings
Vol. 1167 | 19 June 2020

EU – CEN Publishes Workshop Agreement on Community Face Coverings

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published a workshop agreement document on face coverings. The CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) document - CWA 17553 Community Face Coverings - Gude to Minimum Requirements, Methods of Testing and Use – has been made freely available to More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved
Vol. 1166 | 17 June 2020

Australia – Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved

The Australian Government has published Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020, which sets out the mandatory requirements for Projectile Toys. It is effective immediately. The previous Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010, Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Projectile Toys can still More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved
Vol. 1165 | 17 June 2020

Australia – Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved

The Australian Government has published Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020, which sets out the mandatory requirements of Aquatic Toys. It is effective immediately. The previous Consumer Protection Notice No 2 of 2009, Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys can still More…

China – Revision of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Rules for Toys and Children’s Vehicles has been Approved
Vol. 1164 | 16 June 2020

China – Revision of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Rules for Toys and Children’s Vehicles has been Approved

The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of China has published Notice No. 14 of 2020 to approve the General Implementation Rules for China Compulsory Certification (CCC) of Children’s Vehicles (CNCA-C22-01:2020) and Toys (CNCA-C22-02:2020). The Rules shall be implemented from 1 July 2020. More…

U.S. – May 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1163 | 12 June 2020

U.S. – May 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest. More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in May 2020
Vol. 1162 | 11 June 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in May 2020

In May, the Zhejiang AMR, Jiangsu AMR and Henan AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for textiles and bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” More…

U.S. – Federal Drug Administration Updates Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators
Vol. 1161 | 08 June 2020

U.S. – Federal Drug Administration Updates Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has issued additional guidance to allow an expanded availability of face masks for the general public and respirators for health care personnel (HCP). This guidance has an indefinite timeframe based upon the length of the COVID-19 situation. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1253 to Exempt Unfinished Manufactured Fibers from CPSIA Phthalates and ASTM F963 Heavy Elements Third-Party Testing Requirements
Vol. 1160 | 02 June 2020

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1253 to Exempt Unfinished Manufactured Fibers from CPSIA Phthalates and ASTM F963 Heavy Elements Third-Party Testing Requirements

On May 5, 2020, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to exempt certain unfinished manufactured fibers from the 16 CFR 1307 phthalate content requirement and the ASTM F963 soluble elements testing requirements, to provide manufacturers relief from third-party testing requirements. More…

China – The SAMR Publishes 2020 Spot-check Plan
Vol. 1159 | 28 May 2020

China – The SAMR Publishes 2020 Spot-check Plan

On May 8, 2020, the China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published its spot-check plan for 2020. The SAMR is China’s governmental authority that undertakes a broad range of market supervision responsibilities, including registration of companies doing business in the China market More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1158 | 27 May 2020

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers in Direct Final Rule

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved the new ASTM F2050-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation More…

U.S. – April 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1157 | 21 May 2020

U.S. – April 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

he Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest More…

U.S. – Maryland Approves Bill to Restrict Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products
Vol. 1156 | 20 May 2020

U.S. – Maryland Approves Bill to Restrict Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products

On May 8, 2020, Senate bill SB447 was enacted as Maryland Governor Hogan did not veto the bill within 30 days after it was presented after passing both chambers. The bill prohibits a person from importing, selling, or offering for sale certain products containing flame retardants More…

Canada – CAN/CGSB-182.1 Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents Published
Vol. 1155 | 15 May 2020

Canada – CAN/CGSB-182.1 Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents Published

On April 22, 2020, Health Canada published CAN/CGSB-182.1-2020, flammability and labelling requirements for tents. However, the existing requirements in the tent regulations, SOR/2016-185, which refers to CPAI-84 for flammability testing, remain in effect for all tents manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada. More…

China – Updated List of Products Requiring China Compulsory Certification Issued
Vol. 1154 | 14 May 2020

China – Updated List of Products Requiring China Compulsory Certification Issued

The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of China has issued Notice No. 18 of 2020 and Notice No. 21 of 2020 to update the list of products requiring China Compulsory Certification (CCC), products’ HS code and the certification mode required More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in April 2020
Vol. 1153 | 13 May 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in April 2020

In April, the Jiangsu AMR and Anhui AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for textiles and bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB 18383-2007 “General technical requirement for products with filling materials,” More…

Japan – Positive Lists for Plastic Food Contact Materials Published
Vol. 1152 | 08 May 2020

Japan – Positive Lists for Plastic Food Contact Materials Published

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan has published the positive lists for plastic food contact articles and packaging, which will be implemented from 1 June 2020. Contrary to the existing heavy metal content and leachable substance restrictions in the More…

U.S. – New York Updates Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law
Vol. 1151 | 29 April 2020

U.S. – New York Updates Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law

On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo signed amendments to the Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product law as part of the Senate Budget Bill S7505. A reporting rule intended to safeguard public health, the law requires manufacturers to report to the More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2907-19 for Sling Carriers in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1150 | 28 April 2020

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2907-19 for Sling Carriers in Direct Final Rule

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved the new ASTM F2907-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers More…