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.

 

Canada – Amendments to the Surface Coatings Regulations and Others Proposed
Vol. 1244 | 12 May 2021

Canada – Amendments to the Surface Coatings Regulations and Others Proposed

On April 24, 2021, Health Canada published a notice proposing Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials) to better define the requirements and scope of the Surface Coatings Materials Regulations, SOR/2016-193. Besides the Surface Coatings Materials Regulations, the notice More…

Canada – New Carriages and Strollers Regulations Proposed
Vol. 1243 | 12 May 2021

Canada – New Carriages and Strollers Regulations Proposed

Carriages and strollers are wheeled conveyance devices used primarily for the transportation of infants and children. The Canadian Carriages and Strollers Regulations first came into effect in 1985 under the Hazardous Products Act. In 2011, they came into force under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and More…

Japan – Restrictions on PFOA and its Salts Approved
Vol. 1242 | 10 May 2021

Japan – Restrictions on PFOA and its Salts Approved

On 21 April 2021, the Ministries of Japan published Cabinet Order no. 144 of 2021 to amend the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacturer, etc. to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts and certain PFOA-containing products. More…

EU REACH – Commission Updates 12472:2020 as Harmonised Method
Vol. 1241 | 29 April 2021

EU REACH – Commission Updates 12472:2020 as Harmonised Method

The European Union issued an update to REACH for demonstrating the conformity of articles under entry 27 of Annex XVII. This update changes the harmonised methods which should be used for the assessment of products to comply with the nickel release requirement of... More…

U.S. – March 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1240 | 23 April 2021

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

In March 2021, there were a total of 300 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, up from the 296 notices served in February 2021. Majority of the notices were for lead and phthalates, accounting for 34% and 40% of the total notices, respectively More…

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Version 2.1, April 2021 Community Face Covering – Specification
Vol. 1239 | 23 April 2021

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Version 2.1, April 2021 Community Face Covering – Specification

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a third guidance document for community face coverings: BSI Flex 5555 Version 2.1, April 2021 Community Face Coverings — Specification. It is provided free of charge and is available to download via... More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bag Spot Checks in March 2021
Vol. 1238 | 21 April 2021

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bag Spot Checks in March 2021

In March, the Shandong AMR, Jiangxi AMR, Hangzhou AMR and Nanjing 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. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F404-20 for High Chairs in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1237 | 21 April 2021

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F404-20 for High Chairs 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, by Direct Final Rule, the new ASTM F404-20 to be incorporated in... More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves Direct Final Rule to Adopt California Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) for Indoor Upholstered Furniture
Vol. 1236 | 12 April 2021

U.S. – CPSC Approves Direct Final Rule to Adopt California Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) for Indoor Upholstered Furniture

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a direct final rule to codify the requirements for the flammability of upholstered furniture for indoor use under the COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work From Home Safety Act (the Act) into the Code of Federal Regulations More…

U.S. – February 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1235 | 02 April 2021

U.S. – February 2021 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…

U.S. – Oregon Publishes Phase 3 Final Rules of Toxic Free Kids Act
Vol. 1234 | 29 March 2021

U.S. – Oregon Publishes Phase 3 Final Rules of Toxic Free Kids Act

On March 1, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has published the final rule implementing Phase 3 requirements of Oregon’s 2015 Toxic Free Kids Act (TKFA). The Toxic-Free Kids Act requires manufactures of children’s products sold in Oregon to report and ultimately, for certain More…

U.S. – New York Approves PFAS Ban in Food Packaging
Vol. 1233 | 29 March 2021

U.S. – New York Approves PFAS Ban in Food Packaging

In December 2020, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law bill S8817/A4739 prohibiting sale of food packaging products containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Perfluoroalkyl substances have a unique property of grease resistance, stain resistance, and oil and water repellency, properties that More…

Belgium – Royal Decree on Metal and Alloy Food Contact Materials Approved
Vol. 1232 | 19 March 2021

Belgium – Royal Decree on Metal and Alloy Food Contact Materials Approved

The Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium has approved a Royal Decree on food contact materials made of metals and alloys. This Decree is already effective. More…

U.S. – January 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1231 | 17 March 2021

U.S. – January 2021 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…

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Version 2, March 2021 Community Face Covering – Specification
Vol. 1230 | 12 March 2021

UK – BSI Publishes Guidance Document BSI Flex 5555 Version 2, March 2021 Community Face Covering – Specification

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a second guidance document for community face coverings: BSI Flex 5555 v2.0:2021-03 Community face coverings — Specification. It is provided free of charge and is available to download via the BSI website... More…

U.S. – The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Approves Changes to Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation
Vol. 1229 | 05 March 2021

U.S. – The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Approves Changes to Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation

In February 2021, the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) approved significant revisions to the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation including; restriction of sale of packaging and packaging materials containing phthalates greater than 100 parts per million or 0.01% by weight... More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in February 2021
Vol. 1228 | 04 March 2021

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

In February, the SAMR, Jiangsu AMR, Shanxi AMR, Hainan AMR, Guangzhou AMR and Chengdu 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…

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…