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. – September 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1330 | 01 November 2022

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

In September 2022, there were a total of 326 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. Majority of the notices were for Lead (50 %) and Phthalates (31 %). The remaining 19% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Amend the 16 CFR 1610 Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles
Vol. 1329 | 31 October 2022

U.S. – CPSC Proposes to Amend the 16 CFR 1610 Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

In 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) surveyed information about 16 CFR 1610-Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles on the appropriate testing equipment , Standard procedures, and ways to update those provisions to reduce testing burdens, provide clarity, and reflect current industry practices. More…

China Declares Administrative Measures of the China Customs for Import and Export Commodities Inspection and Acceptance
Vol. 1328 | 19 October 2022

China Declares Administrative Measures of the China Customs for Import and Export Commodities Inspection and Acceptance

On Sep 20, 2022, administrative measures for trade commodities were declared by Order No. 259 of the General Administration of Customs. The People's Republic of China has implemented administrative measures with provisions from the “Import and Export Commodity Inspection Law of the People's Republic of China” to More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1230 Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers
Vol. 1327 | 29 September 2022

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1230 Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers

On Sept 1, 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register amending 16 CFR Part 1230, Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers. The direct final rule replaces in 16 CFR 1230, reference to the ASTM F2549-14a, previous version of the standard More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats
Vol. 1326 | 29 September 2022

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats

On Sept 6, 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register amending 16 CFR Part 1229, Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats. The direct final rule replaces in 16 CFR 1229, reference to the ASTM F2167-19, previous version of the standard More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers
Vol. 1325 | 29 September 2022

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers

On Aug 19, 2022, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register amending 16 CFR Part 1228, Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. The direct final rule replaces in 16 CFR 1228, reference to the ASTM F2907-19, previous version of the standard More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1223 Safety Standard for Infant Swings
Vol. 1324 | 29 September 2022

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1223 Safety Standard for Infant Swings

On Sept 20, 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register amending 16 CFR Part 1223, Safety Standard for Infant Swings. The direct final rule replaces in 16 CFR 1223, reference to the ASTM F2088-21, previous version of the standard More…

U.S. – CPSC Issued Final Rule for Magnet Safety Standard – 16 CFR 1262
Vol. 1323 | 26 September 2022

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

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

US: California- AB-1817 Product Safety: Textile Articles: Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Vol. 1322 | 16 September 2022

US: California- AB-1817 Product Safety: Textile Articles: Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

California has previously taken initiatives to prohibit the distribution, sale, or offer of food packaging and juvenile products that contain regulated Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) beginning Jan 1, 2023, with additional requirements for manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when More…

U.S. – August 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1321 | 13 September 2022

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

In August 2022, there were a total of 298 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (48 %) and Phthalates (24 %). The remaining 28% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

U.S. California – Senate Bill 54 Legislation for Cutting Harmful Plastic Pollution
Vol. 1320 | 26 August 2022

U.S. California – Senate Bill 54 Legislation for Cutting Harmful Plastic Pollution

In an effort to reduce pollution and tackle climate change, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54) on Jun 30, 2022, requiring all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032. More…

U.S. – July 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1319 | 16 August 2022

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

In July 2022, there were a total of 302 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (57%) and Phthalates (23%). The remaining 20% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

U.S. – Congress Passes Reese’s Law to Prevent Children from Button Cell Battery Danger
Vol. 1318 | 10 August 2022

U.S. – Congress Passes Reese’s Law to Prevent Children from Button Cell Battery Danger

On Aug 2, the Senate passed bill HR5313, also known as Reese’s Law. This bill was passed earlier by House and so it now awaits the President’s signature. The bipartisan bill is named in honor of Reese Hamsmith, an 18-month-old toddler who died after ingesting a button cell battery from a remote control. More…

U.S. CPSC – 16 CFR 1310 Proposed Rule for Ban of Inclined Sleepers for Infants
Vol. 1317 | 03 August 2022

U.S. CPSC – 16 CFR 1310 Proposed Rule for Ban of Inclined Sleepers for Infants

On May 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 (SSBA), requiring inclined sleepers for infants regardless of the date of manufacture to be considered a banned hazardous product under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). More…

U.S. CPSC – 16 CFR 1309 Proposed Rule for Ban of Crib Bumpers
Vol. 1316 | 03 August 2022

U.S. CPSC – 16 CFR 1309 Proposed Rule for Ban of Crib Bumpers

On May 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 (SSBA), requiring crib bumpers regardless of the date of manufacture to be considered a banned hazardous product under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). More…

U.S. – June 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1315 | 28 July 2022

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

In June 2022, there were a total of 314 60-day notices for alleged violation of Prop 65. Almost half the notices were for Lead (47 %), about a quarter for Phthalates and the remaining 25% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

U.S. – May 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1314 | 25 July 2022

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

In May 2022, there were a total of 261 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (49%) and Phthalates (39%). The remaining 12% of notices were for the presence of other chemicals. More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bathtubs
Vol. 1313 | 01 July 2022

U.S. – CPSC Amends 16 CFR 1234 Safety Standard for Infant Bathtubs

On Jun 24th, 2022, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register amending 16 CFR Part 1234, Safety Standard for Infant Bathtubs. The direct final rule replaces 16 CRF 1234, in reference to the ASTM F2670-18, the previous version of the standard, with a reference to the ASTM F2670-22 More…

Canada Amends Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials)
Vol. 1312 | 28 June 2022

Canada Amends Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials)

On June 22, 2022, Health Canada published final regulations amending the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials)-SOR/2022-122 in the Canada Gazette Part II. The Regulations amend the Surface Coating Materials Regulations and four other regulations... More…

Canada Prohibits Use of Certain Single-Use Plastics
Vol. 1311 | 24 June 2022

Canada Prohibits Use of Certain Single-Use Plastics

On June 22, 2022, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Health, published final regulations to prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of 6 categories of single-use plastic products. The Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations (SUPPR) are part of the More…

U.S. – CPSC Notice: Beta Pilot for Electronic Filing of Certain Certificate of Compliance Data
Vol. 1310 | 15 June 2022

U.S. – CPSC Notice: Beta Pilot for Electronic Filing of Certain Certificate of Compliance Data

On June 10th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued notice announcing Beta pilot for electronic filing (e-filing) of certain data elements of the Certificate of compliance (CPC/GCC)for the regulated consumer products, along with requesting applications for participation in this pilot. More…

French AGEC Law: Decree n° 2022-748 of April 29, 2022, Issued for the Environmental Labeling of Waste-Generating Products for the French Market
Vol. 1309 | 15 June 2022

French AGEC Law: Decree n° 2022-748 of April 29, 2022, Issued for the Environmental Labeling of Waste-Generating Products for the French Market

Decree n° 2022-748 of April 29, 2022, relating to consumer information on the environmental qualities and characteristics of waste-generating products, was published in the French Official Journal on April 30, 2022. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 1 SVHC to Candidate List
Vol. 1308 | 14 June 2022

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 1 SVHC to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 1 new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. More…

Taiwan Issues the Mandatory QR Code of Commodity Inspection Mark for Children’s Raincoats
Vol. 1307 | 08 June 2022

Taiwan Issues the Mandatory QR Code of Commodity Inspection Mark for Children’s Raincoats

On Mar 15, 2022, the Bureau of Standard, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) issued notice to require Children’s Raincoats to include a QR code for a Commodity Inspection Mark as an additional labeling requirement, which will enable consumers to assess the compliance information of the product by More…

Thailand Issues Revised Compulsory Toy Safety Standard TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (BE)
Vol. 1306 | 27 May 2022

Thailand Issues Revised Compulsory Toy Safety Standard TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (BE)

Thailand has updated the compulsory industrial product requirement TIS 685 part 1-2562 (BE), concerning the safety of children’s toys for children under 14 years of age, including parts and accessories used in conjunction with the toys. The updated requirements aim to bring TIS 685 part 1-2562 in line with More…

Thailand Approved Mandatory TIS Standards on Certain Plastic Food Contact Articles
Vol. 1305 | 25 May 2022

Thailand Approved Mandatory TIS Standards on Certain Plastic Food Contact Articles

The Ministry of Industry of Thailand has published a Ministerial Regulation in the Official Gazette which mandates several Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TIS) standards for certain plastic food contact articles. This Ministerial Regulation goes into effect on Jan 3, 2023. More…

U.S. - HR 3182- Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 Signed into Law
Vol. 1304 | 25 May 2022

U.S. - HR 3182- Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 Signed into Law

On May 16, 2022, President Biden signed HR 3182 ‘Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021’ into law, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of crib bumpers, and inclined sleepers with sleep surface greater than 10 degrees, for infants in the United States. More…

ISO Has Published an Updated Version of ISO 4531 for Food Contact Vitreous and Porcelain Enamels
Vol. 1303 | 18 May 2022

ISO Has Published an Updated Version of ISO 4531 for Food Contact Vitreous and Porcelain Enamels

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 4531:2022 for food contact enameled articles. This updated version replaces the 2018 version and is effective immediately. ISO 4531 defines test methods and specifies limits for the release of metal-ions from enameled articles which are More…

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…