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.

 

Brazil – Amendments on Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles Approved
Vol. 1171 | 09 July 2020

Brazil – Amendments on Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles Approved

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (IMMETRO) has published an ordinance to amend the Quality Regulation for Toys and School Articles. The following is a summary of the amendments: More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in June 2020
Vol. 1170 | 09 July 2020

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

In June, the Zhejiang AMR 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,”... More…

Denmark – EPA Issues Report on Chemicals found in Slime Toys
Vol. 1169 | 01 July 2020

Denmark – EPA Issues Report on Chemicals found in Slime Toys

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report on chemicals in slime toys, focusing on preservatives used in the toys. Several non-compliant products were identified, due to the presence of borate and a risk due to the content of isothiazolinones. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1168 | 01 July 2020

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 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. Producers and importers of articles containing a substance included in the Candidate List have six months from addition to the candidate list to More…

EU – CEN Publishes Workshop Agreement on Community Face Coverings
Vol. 1167 | 19 June 2020

EU – CEN Publishes Workshop Agreement on Community Face Coverings

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published a workshop agreement document on face coverings. The CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) document - CWA 17553 Community Face Coverings - Gude to Minimum Requirements, Methods of Testing and Use – has been made freely available to More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved
Vol. 1166 | 17 June 2020

Australia – Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved

The Australian Government has published Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020, which sets out the mandatory requirements for Projectile Toys. It is effective immediately. The previous Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010, Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Projectile Toys can still More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved
Vol. 1165 | 17 June 2020

Australia – Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 Approved

The Australian Government has published Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020, which sets out the mandatory requirements of Aquatic Toys. It is effective immediately. The previous Consumer Protection Notice No 2 of 2009, Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys can still More…

China – Revision of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Rules for Toys and Children’s Vehicles has been Approved
Vol. 1164 | 16 June 2020

China – Revision of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Rules for Toys and Children’s Vehicles has been Approved

The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of China has published Notice No. 14 of 2020 to approve the General Implementation Rules for China Compulsory Certification (CCC) of Children’s Vehicles (CNCA-C22-01:2020) and Toys (CNCA-C22-02:2020). The Rules shall be implemented from 1 July 2020. More…

U.S. – May 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1163 | 12 June 2020

U.S. – May 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…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in May 2020
Vol. 1162 | 11 June 2020

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

In May, the Zhejiang AMR, Jiangsu AMR and Henan 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,” More…

U.S. – Federal Drug Administration Updates Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators
Vol. 1161 | 08 June 2020

U.S. – Federal Drug Administration Updates Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has issued additional guidance to allow an expanded availability of face masks for the general public and respirators for health care personnel (HCP). This guidance has an indefinite timeframe based upon the length of the COVID-19 situation. More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1253 to Exempt Unfinished Manufactured Fibers from CPSIA Phthalates and ASTM F963 Heavy Elements Third-Party Testing Requirements
Vol. 1160 | 02 June 2020

U.S. – CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1253 to Exempt Unfinished Manufactured Fibers from CPSIA Phthalates and ASTM F963 Heavy Elements Third-Party Testing Requirements

On May 5, 2020, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to exempt certain unfinished manufactured fibers from the 16 CFR 1307 phthalate content requirement and the ASTM F963 soluble elements testing requirements, to provide manufacturers relief from third-party testing requirements. More…

China – The SAMR Publishes 2020 Spot-check Plan
Vol. 1159 | 28 May 2020

China – The SAMR Publishes 2020 Spot-check Plan

On May 8, 2020, the China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published its spot-check plan for 2020. The SAMR is China’s governmental authority that undertakes a broad range of market supervision responsibilities, including registration of companies doing business in the China market More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1158 | 27 May 2020

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2050-19 for Hand-Held Infant Carriers 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 F2050-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation More…

U.S. – April 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1157 | 21 May 2020

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

he 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. – Maryland Approves Bill to Restrict Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products
Vol. 1156 | 20 May 2020

U.S. – Maryland Approves Bill to Restrict Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products

On May 8, 2020, Senate bill SB447 was enacted as Maryland Governor Hogan did not veto the bill within 30 days after it was presented after passing both chambers. The bill prohibits a person from importing, selling, or offering for sale certain products containing flame retardants More…

Canada – CAN/CGSB-182.1 Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents Published
Vol. 1155 | 15 May 2020

Canada – CAN/CGSB-182.1 Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents Published

On April 22, 2020, Health Canada published CAN/CGSB-182.1-2020, flammability and labelling requirements for tents. However, the existing requirements in the tent regulations, SOR/2016-185, which refers to CPAI-84 for flammability testing, remain in effect for all tents manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada. More…

China – Updated List of Products Requiring China Compulsory Certification Issued
Vol. 1154 | 14 May 2020

China – Updated List of Products Requiring China Compulsory Certification Issued

The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of China has issued Notice No. 18 of 2020 and Notice No. 21 of 2020 to update the list of products requiring China Compulsory Certification (CCC), products’ HS code and the certification mode required More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in April 2020
Vol. 1153 | 13 May 2020

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

In April, the Jiangsu AMR and Anhui 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 18383-2007 “General technical requirement for products with filling materials,” More…

Japan – Positive Lists for Plastic Food Contact Materials Published
Vol. 1152 | 08 May 2020

Japan – Positive Lists for Plastic Food Contact Materials Published

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan has published the positive lists for plastic food contact articles and packaging, which will be implemented from 1 June 2020. Contrary to the existing heavy metal content and leachable substance restrictions in the More…

U.S. – New York Updates Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law
Vol. 1151 | 29 April 2020

U.S. – New York Updates Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product Law

On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo signed amendments to the Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Product law as part of the Senate Budget Bill S7505. A reporting rule intended to safeguard public health, the law requires manufacturers to report to the More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2907-19 for Sling Carriers in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1150 | 28 April 2020

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2907-19 for Sling Carriers 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 F2907-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers More…

U.S. – March 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1149 | 22 April 2020

U.S. – March 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…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in March 2020
Vol. 1148 | 13 April 2020

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

In March, the Jiangsu AMR, Shandong AMR, Shanxi AMR, Hangzhou AMR and Nanjing 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 18383-2007... More…

Canada –New National Standard Announced for Barbecue Grill Brushes: CSA Z630:19
Vol. 1147 | 10 April 2020

Canada –New National Standard Announced for Barbecue Grill Brushes: CSA Z630:19

To address the hazards like alimentary tract injuries caused to Canadians from ingesting food prepared on a barbecue grill previously cleaned by a barbecue grill brush, Health Canada and the Retail Council of Canada commissioned the CSA Group and Standards Council of Canada to More…

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1240 Safety Standard for Crib Bumpers
Vol. 1146 | 09 April 2020

U.S. – CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1240 Safety Standard for Crib Bumpers

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 published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for a new federal regulation... More…

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2613-19 for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1145 | 09 April 2020

U.S. – CPSC Adopts ASTM F2613-19 for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools 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 revised ASTM F2613-19 to be More…

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F2085-19 for Portable Bed Rails in Direct Final Rule
Vol. 1144 | 31 March 2020

U.S. – CPSC Approves ASTM F2085-19 for Portable Bed Rails 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 F2085-19 to be incorporated in the federal regulation: 16 CFR 1224 – Safety Standard for Portable Bed Rails. More…

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…