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.

 

U.S. – April 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1302 | 12 May 2022

U.S. – April 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In April 2022, there were a total of 185 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (44 %) and Phthalates (36%). The remaining 20% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

US: SB 273-Maryland bans PFAS in several consumer products
Vol. 1301 | 10 May 2022

US: SB 273-Maryland bans PFAS in several consumer products

On April 21, 2022, the SB 273- ‘Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements’ bill to regulate Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in several categories of consumer products was approved by Governor Larry Hogan. Following the demise of Maryland firefighter George “Walter” Taylor in 2020, there have been several initiatives to limit PFAS use in Maryland. More…

U.S. – CPSC Issues a Direct Final Rule for Baby Changing Products
Vol. 1300 | 09 May 2022

U.S. – CPSC Issues a Direct Final Rule for Baby Changing Products

On April 26th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule (DFR) that will amend 16 CFR 1235 – Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products, making ASTM F2388-21, Standard Consumer Specification for Baby Changing Products for Domestic Use, mandatory safety standard. More…

U.S. – March 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1299 | 29 April 2022

U.S. – March 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In March 2022, there were a total of 243 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Phthalates (41 %) and lead (39%). The remaining 20% were for the presence of other chemicals. More…

US – California: OEHHA Proposes Second Modification to Proposed Rule for Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Short-Form Warnings
Vol. 1298 | 25 April 2022

US – California: OEHHA Proposes Second Modification to Proposed Rule for Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Short-Form Warnings

On April 5, 2022, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice proposing additional modifications to its proposal to modify Prop 65 Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings - Short Form. The latest proposal removes the limitation on... More…

U.S. – February 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1297 | 21 April 2022

U.S. – February 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In February 2022, there were a total of 226 60-day Notices of Violation under Prop 65, a 20% increase from January 2022. 42% of notices were for lead, and 38% for phthalates. Of the reported notices, products under the categories of food accounted for... More…

U.S. – CPSC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Clothing Storage Units
Vol. 1296 | 21 March 2022

U.S. – CPSC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Clothing Storage Units

On February 3, 2022, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for clothing storage units (CSUs) to address the risks of death and injury, particularly for children, associated with clothing storage units tipping over. More…

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule Establishing Safety Standard for Crib Mattresses 16 CFR Part 1241
Vol. 1295 | 17 March 2022

U.S. – CPSC Issues Final Rule Establishing Safety Standard for Crib Mattresses 16 CFR Part 1241

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule establishing a safety standard for crib mattresses. The final rule was developed based on product use, market study, review of incident data from hazards patterns associated with crib mattress use, product recalls, and consumer feedback More…

China: New substances for Use in Food Contact Materials
Vol. 1294 | 14 March 2022

China: New substances for Use in Food Contact Materials

On March 1, 2022, The National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) published Notice No.1 of 2022 to approve 19 kinds of substances for food contact materials and articles. This notice has already come into force. More…

French AGEC Law Requires Sorting Information and Triman Logo on Textile Articles
Vol. 1293 | 10 March 2022

French AGEC Law Requires Sorting Information and Triman Logo on Textile Articles

The sorting information signage required by the Triman will become mandatory on all textile products, household linens and shoes placed on the French market from February 1, 2023. This new signage is part of the deployment of law n° 2020-105 of February 10, 2020, relating to... More…

U.S. – January 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1292 | 02 March 2022

U.S. – January 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In January 2022, there were a total of 188 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of notices were for lead, accounting for 43 % while phthalates had a total of 54 notices, about 29% of the total number of notices. The remaining 28% were... More…

New Zealand Issued Unsafe Goods (Inclined Infant Sleep Products) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2022
Vol. 1291 | 24 February 2022

New Zealand Issued Unsafe Goods (Inclined Infant Sleep Products) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2022

The New Zealand Government has published the Unsafe Goods (Inclined Infant Sleep Products) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2022, repealing the previous Unsafe Goods (Inclined Infant Sleep Products) Notice 2020. Pursuant to section 31 of the Fair Trade Act 1986, the prohibition notice declares inclined infant sleep products... More…

U.S. – December 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1290 | 22 February 2022

U.S. – December 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In December 2021, there were a total of 221 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, down from the 257 notices served in November 2021. Most of the notices were for Phthalates, accounting for 37%. More…

U.S. – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Window Covering Cords Issued by CPSC
Vol. 1289 | 22 February 2022

U.S. – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Window Covering Cords Issued by CPSC

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on January 7, 2022. One Proposed rule would amend 16 CFR 1120, the substantial product hazard list, to designate stock window coverings a substantial product hazard (SPH) that fail to meet certain readily observable requirements More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1288 | 03 February 2022

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. This brings the total number of SVHCs to 223. More…

U.S. – Direct Final Rule Published by the CPSC for Infant Swings
Vol. 1287 | 28 January 2022

U.S. – Direct Final Rule Published by the CPSC for Infant Swings

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule on October 28, 2021, in the Federal Register that amends 16 CFR Part 1223, Safety Standard for Infant Swings. Currently, 16 CFR Part 1223, makes ASTM F2088-20, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant and Cradle Swings, a mandatory... More…

Canada- Bill 103-Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Law Repealed in Quebec
Vol. 1286 | 24 January 2022

Canada- Bill 103-Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Law Repealed in Quebec

On December 9, 2021, the National Assembly of Quebec assented to Bill 103, Chapter 35, which repealed Chapter M-5; the Act respecting stuffing and upholstered and stuffed articles. On January 21, 2022, Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation has also published... More…

U.S. –  CPSC Proposed Rule for Magnet Safety Standard – 16 CFR 1262
Vol. 1285 | 21 January 2022

U.S. – CPSC Proposed Rule for Magnet Safety Standard – 16 CFR 1262

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for magnet safety standard – 16 CFR 1262, due to the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with children and teens ingesting high-powered magnets. More…

U.S. – CPSC Publishes Direct Final Rule for Carriages and Strollers Safety Standard
Vol. 1284 | 18 January 2022

U.S. – CPSC Publishes Direct Final Rule for Carriages and Strollers Safety Standard

The CPSC has published a direct final rule in the Federal Register that makes changes to the Federal safety requirements for carriages and strollers. The rule updates the mandatory standard for carriages and strollers to incorporate by reference ASTM F833-21... More…

Japan – Revise the Designated Term Under the Household Goods Quality labeling Act
Vol. 1283 | 11 January 2022

Japan – Revise the Designated Term Under the Household Goods Quality labeling Act

Dec 20, 2021, the Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan amended the Household Goods Quality Labeling Act. This amendment relates to the generic names for polyacrylonitrile synthetic fibers which are used in textile product labeling. More…

U.S./California – OEHHA Adds PFNA and Its Salts to Proposition 65 List
Vol. 1282 | 03 January 2022

U.S./California – OEHHA Adds PFNA and Its Salts to Proposition 65 List

December 31, 2021, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and its salts to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause male reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). More…