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.

 

France – New Face Mask Decree n° 2021-76 Published in Response to New COVID-19 Variants
Vol. 1227 | 23 February 2021

France – New Face Mask Decree n° 2021-76 Published in Response to New COVID-19 Variants

French authorities published a new decree in response to the challenges faced due to new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been identified as being in Europe. Decree n° 2021-76 was published on 27th, Jan. 2021 and also updated in the... More…

U.S. – ASTM International Publishes F3502 Safety Specifications for Barrier Face Coverings
Vol. 1226 | 19 February 2021

U.S. – ASTM International Publishes F3502 Safety Specifications for Barrier Face Coverings

ASTM International (ASTM) has approved new standard F3502 Safety Specifications for Barrier Face Coverings (BCF). The first of its kind, this standard is intended to cover general consumer face coverings and explicitly excludes face masks (medical masks) for use in healthcare settings regulated by... More…

Benelux – Statement Issued about Market Withdrawal of Bamboo-Melamine Food Contact Articles
Vol. 1225 | 18 February 2021

Benelux – Statement Issued about Market Withdrawal of Bamboo-Melamine Food Contact Articles

The authorities of Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg issued a joint communication on February 15, 2021, announcing that business operators will have to withdraw “Bamboo-Melamine” materials and articles from the market immediately, as the use of bamboo (or other natural constituents) in combination with... More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in January 2021
Vol. 1224 | 05 February 2021

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in January 2021

In January 2021, the Jiangsu AMR, Anhui AMR, Guangxi AMR, Shaanxi AMR, Hebei AMR, Liaoning AMR, Hainan AMR and Jinan AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles and textiles. This spot check was conducted according to... More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2088-20 for Infant Swings in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1223 | 05 February 2021

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2088-20 for Infant Swings 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 F2088-20 to be incorporated in the federal regulation 16 CFR 1223 – Safety Standard for Infant Swings More…

U.S. – December 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1222 | 27 January 2021

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

In December 2020, there were a total of 293 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, down from the 314 notices served in November 2020. Nearly half the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 41%. Of the rest, 32% were More…

EU/UK – All Four Documents Related to Security of Attachments for the Safety of Children’s Clothing Have Now Been Published
Vol. 1221 | 26 January 2021

EU/UK – All Four Documents Related to Security of Attachments for the Safety of Children’s Clothing Have Now Been Published

CEN (the European standardisation body) has now published the four new documents – three test methods and one specification – for the safety of children’s clothing that address the security of attached components (refer to Insight Vol. 1212 for previous announcement). More…

EU/UK – New Version of European Toy Standard EN 71-4 Published
Vol. 1220 | 25 January 2021

EU/UK – New Version of European Toy Standard EN 71-4 Published

A revised version of the European Toy Standard EN 71-4:2020 (Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities) has recently been published by CEN, and National Standards Bodies will publish or endorse this new standard by June 2021. More…

U.S. – November 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1219 | 25 January 2021

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

In November 2020, there were a total of 314 60-day notices for alleged violation of Prop 65, compared to 333 notices served in October 2020. Majority of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 51% of the total notices. More…

Taiwan – Revised CNS 15290 & CNS 15291 Effective Feb 1, 2021
Vol. 1218 | 22 January 2021

Taiwan – Revised CNS 15290 & CNS 15291 Effective Feb 1, 2021

In 2019, Taiwan revised CNS 15290 “Textile Safety Regulations (General Requirements)” and CNS 15291 “Safety of Children’s Clothing – Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing – Specifications,” with which textiles and related goods must be in compliance in order to be placed on the market More…

U.S. – October 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1217 | 21 January 2021

U.S. – October 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…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 2 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1216 | 21 January 2021

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 2 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced the addition of 2 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. The substances have identified uses in products, such as inks or toners, and in the production of plastics and tyres. More…

U.S. – OEHHA Proposed Amendments to Prop 65 Short-form Warnings
Vol. 1215 | 19 January 2021

U.S. – OEHHA Proposed Amendments to Prop 65 Short-form Warnings

On January 8, 2021, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed amending Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings. The safe harbor warning methods and content in Article 6 are deemed by OEHHA to be clear and reasonable for More…

India – Footwear (Quality Control) Orders 2020 Approved
Vol. 1214 | 18 January 2021

India – Footwear (Quality Control) Orders 2020 Approved

On 27th Oct 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India approved three orders regarding Quality Control Orders for various footwear products. The original enforcement date was set for 27 Oct 2020, it has been recently postponed to 1 July 2021 More…

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Community Face Covering – Specification
Vol. 1213 | 12 January 2021

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Community Face Covering – Specification

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a guidance document for community face coverings. The document is BSI Flex 5555 Community face coverings — Specification. It is provided free of charge and is available to download via the insight More…

EU/UK – New Documents Published Related to Security of Attachments for the Safety of Children’s Clothing
Vol. 1212 | 12 January 2021

EU/UK – New Documents Published Related to Security of Attachments for the Safety of Children’s Clothing

CEN (the European standardisation body) has recently approved four new documents – three test methods and one specification – for the safety of children’s clothing that address the security of attached components. One document regarding the security of attachment of buttons was published as More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2020
Vol. 1211 | 11 January 2021

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2020

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

U.S. – National Flammability Standard for Indoor Upholstered Furniture Established
Vol. 1210 | 08 January 2021

U.S. – National Flammability Standard for Indoor Upholstered Furniture Established

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the HR 133 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes DIVISION FF—OTHER MATTER Title XXI COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act. The Title XXI mandates nationwide compliance with California’s flammability standard for indoor upholstered furniture More…

Australia – Mandatory Requirements on Button Batteries and Products Containing Button Batteries Approved
Vol. 1209 | 07 January 2021

Australia – Mandatory Requirements on Button Batteries and Products Containing Button Batteries Approved

The Australia Government has approved the Consumer Goods (Button/Coin Batteries) Safety and Information Standard and the Consumer Goods (Products Containing Button/Coin Batteries) Safety and Information Standard. All affected products must comply with the Standards from 22 June 2022. More…

U.S. – September 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1208 | 07 January 2021

U.S. – September 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…