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.

 

Australia – Regulatory Assessment of Button Battery Safety Published
Vol. 1143 | 24 March 2020

Australia – Regulatory Assessment of Button Battery Safety Published

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published their assessment of regulatory options as it relates to button battery safety. The 92-page summary is available for public access and is open for comment through 30 April 2020. More…

U.S./Canada – “Guidance on the Application of Human Factors – A Unified Approach” Finalized
Vol. 1142 | 23 March 2020

U.S./Canada – “Guidance on the Application of Human Factors – A Unified Approach” Finalized

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada finalized and co-published the “Guidance on the Application of Human Factors Consumer Products” in February 2020. Over the last year, the draft version of the document was available for public comment. More…

EU – New Standard for the Safety of Electric Toys Published
Vol. 1141 | 19 March 2020

EU – New Standard for the Safety of Electric Toys Published

On 21 February 2020, a new standard – EN IEC 62115:2020+A11:2020 for the Safety of Electric Toys – was published by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). Please note that this standard has not been harmonized yet and it will be offered for citation in the EU Official Journal. More…

Mexico – Mandatory Standard for Cookware with Non-stick Coating Approved
Vol. 1140 | 19 March 2020

Mexico – Mandatory Standard for Cookware with Non-stick Coating Approved

The Secretary of Economy of Mexico has published a mandatory standard for cookware with non-stick coating (NOM-225-SCFI-2019). The standard shall come into force on 7 September 2020. Products that are legally manufactured, imported or in transit in accordance with the corresponding bill of lading before More…

Taiwan – New BSMI Certification Requirements for Soft Carriers
Vol. 1139 | 19 March 2020

Taiwan – New BSMI Certification Requirements for Soft Carriers

The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) of Taiwan has approved the new certification requirements for soft carriers. Soft carriers shall be tested according to CNS 16006-2:2017 Child use and care articles - Baby carriers - Part 2: Soft carriers. More…

U.S. – December 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1138 | 13 March 2020

U.S. – December 2019 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. – November 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1137 | 11 March 2020

U.S. – November 2019 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. – New York Approves Lead-containing Jewelry Law
Vol. 1136 | 28 February 2020

U.S. – New York Approves Lead-containing Jewelry Law

In December 2019, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law Senate bill 4046 restricting the lead content in children’s jewelry. Intended to safeguard public health, the law is meant to provide safe limits for amounts of lead found in children’s jewelry following random jewelry sampling by More…

U.S. – New York Approves Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law (Bill S501B)
Vol. 1135 | 27 February 2020

U.S. – New York Approves Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law (Bill S501B)

On February 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S501B) enacting the regulation of toxic chemicals in children's products. The law requires manufacturers to disclose the use of chemicals in children's products and requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to make this information public to consumers. More…

U.S. – FTC Proposes to Amend the Textile Fiber Product Identification Act (16 CFR 303)
Vol. 1134 | 27 February 2020

U.S. – FTC Proposes to Amend the Textile Fiber Product Identification Act (16 CFR 303)

Section 303.7 of the Textile Fiber Product Identification Act establishes the generic names for manufactured fibers that must be used in the required fiber content disclosures by: (1) Listing the generic names and definitions the FTC has established through its textile petition process, and More…

South Korea – Amendment to Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products Approved
Vol. 1133 | 26 February 2020

South Korea – Amendment to Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products Approved

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea has issued Notice No. 2019-201 to amend the Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products. The following amendments shall be phased in from 3 June 2020... More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in January 2020
Vol. 1132 | 25 February 2020

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

In January, the SAMR 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,” GB/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” GB/T 22797-2009 “Sheet,” More…

Taiwan – New BSMI Certification Requirements for Children's Cots
Vol. 1131 | 24 January 2020

Taiwan – New BSMI Certification Requirements for Children's Cots

The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) of Taiwan has approved the new certification requirements for children’s cots and folding cots. Children’s cots and folding cots for domestic use with an internal length between 900 mm and 1400 mm shall be subject to the BSMI certification. More…

2019 Updated Textile Products Standard List – China
Vol. 1130 | 23 January 2020

2019 Updated Textile Products Standard List – China

Recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 61 of 2019, and the standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No.17, 19 of 2019 to publish standards updates. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 New SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1129 | 20 January 2020

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 New 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. The SVHC substances do not have recognised direct uses in textile products, but some have identified use in polymer production. More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in December 2019
Vol. 1128 | 10 January 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in December 2019

In December, the Shanghai AMR, Nanjing AMR, Dalian 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/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” GB/T 22797-2009 More…

Turkey –Plastic Food Contact Regulations Revised
Vol. 1127 | 03 January 2020

Turkey –Plastic Food Contact Regulations Revised

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey has published two plastic food contact regulations under Official Journal No. 30989. Products shall comply with the provisions by 31 December 2020. More…

Turkey –Amendment to Toy Regulation Approved
Vol. 1126 | 03 January 2020

Turkey –Amendment to Toy Regulation Approved

The Ministry of Trade of Turkey has approved an amendment to the Toy Safety Regulation under Official Journal No. 30988. The amendment aligns the requirements of chromium (VI), lead, bisphenol A and phenol with the equivalent requirements in EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. More…