Insight Bulletins: Apparel and Accessories

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…

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. – 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…

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…

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. – 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…

EU – Restricted Azo Dyes Test Methods Harmonised in Annex XVII of REACH
Vol. 1205 | 16 December 2020

EU – Restricted Azo Dyes Test Methods Harmonised in Annex XVII of REACH

The European Union issued an amendment to REACH in the official journal on 16th December 2020. Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2096 of 15 December 2020 amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the More…

U.S. – July 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1202 | 08 December 2020

U.S. – July 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 and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2020
Vol. 1201 | 04 December 2020

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2020

In November, the Shanghai AMR, Zhejiang AMR, Guangdong AMR and Hubei 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,” GB 18383-2007 More…

U.S. – August 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1200 | 04 December 2020

U.S. – August 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…

China – Textile Standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 Approved to Replace 2009 Version
Vol. 1199 | 12 November 2020

China – Textile Standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 Approved to Replace 2009 Version

The Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No.22 of 2020, which included an update that GB/T 4146-2020 “Textiles—Man-made fibers—Part 1: Generic names” has replaced the 2009 version. It will be effective on May 1, 2021. More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in October 2020
Vol. 1198 | 10 November 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in October 2020

In October, the Shanghai AMR, Zhejiang AMR, Jiangsu AMR, Liaoning AMR, Jilin AMR, Nanjing AMR and Qingdao AMR (Shandong) announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles and textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 2626-2006 “Respiratory protective equipment—Non-powered air-purifying particle respirator” More…

U.S. – June 2020 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1197 | 06 November 2020

U.S. – June 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…

U.S. – CPSC Staff Guidance on COVID-19 Related Products Published
Vol. 1195 | 05 November 2020

U.S. – CPSC Staff Guidance on COVID-19 Related Products Published

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff has published guidance for COVID-19 related products such as face coverings, gowns, gloves, and disinfectant & cleaning products. Manufacturers should note that this guidance only covers the More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in September 2020
Vol. 1193 | 15 October 2020

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear Spot Checks in September 2020

In September, the Guangdong AMR, Shaanxi AMR, Guangzhou AMR and Shenyang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles and textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 2626-2006 “Respiratory protective equipment—Non-powered air-purifying particle respirator,” More…

China – Shanghai Customs Publishes Announcement to Further Optimize the Inspection of Imported Clothing
Vol. 1192 | 14 October 2020

China – Shanghai Customs Publishes Announcement to Further Optimize the Inspection of Imported Clothing

Shanghai Customs of the People’s Republic of China recently published Announcement Order No 5 of Customs, 2020, in order to optimize the inspection process of imported clothing in the customs area. This announcement will implement the work arrangement of the General Administration of Customs to stabilize foreign trade and More…

U.S. – FTC Finalizes Amendment to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (16 CFR 303)
Vol. 1191 | 07 October 2020

U.S. – FTC Finalizes Amendment to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (16 CFR 303)

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the Rules & Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act to incorporate the latest ISO 2076 standard: ISO 2076:2013(E), “Textiles—Man-made fibres—Generic names.” This incorporation by reference will... More…

U.S. – Prop 65 Settlement for Chromium VI in Leather Gloves
Vol. 1190 | 22 September 2020

U.S. – Prop 65 Settlement for Chromium VI in Leather Gloves

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. In addition, any district attorney, city attorney (population greater than 750,000), or any individual acting in More…

Canada – Amendment to Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations Proposed
Vol. 1189 | 17 September 2020

Canada – Amendment to Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations Proposed

The Competition Bureau of Canada is proposing to revise the Textiles Labeling Act (TLA) and Textiles Labeling and Advertising Regulations (TLAR) to amend the scope of labeling requirements for upholstered and filled articles, along with streamlining those requirements for simplification. More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in August 2020
Vol. 1186 | 09 September 2020

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

In August, the Anhui AMR and Hainan 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 18383-2007 More…

U.S. – The EPA Finalizes Amendments to SNUR for Long-chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances
Vol. 1183 | 31 August 2020

U.S. – The EPA Finalizes Amendments to SNUR for Long-chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances

On July 27, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the significant new use rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances, and an amendment to make inapplicable the exemption for persons who import a subset of More…

U.S. – Hong Kong’s U.S. Exports to be Labeled “Made in China”
Vol. 1181 | 14 August 2020

U.S. – Hong Kong’s U.S. Exports to be Labeled “Made in China”

On July 14, 2020, U.S. President Trump issued Executive Order 13936 on Hong Kong Normalization, in accordance with the suspension of the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, requiring imported goods produced in Hong Kong to indicate “China” as their origin. More…

U.S. – Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Proposes Updated Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation
Vol. 1178 | 07 August 2020

U.S. – Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Proposes Updated Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation

The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) was established by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) in 1992 to assist with the adoption of the CONEG-developed Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation, which aims to reduce the presence of heavy metals and other harmful substances in More…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in July 2020
Vol. 1177 | 07 August 2020

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

In July, the Guangdong AMR, Shandong AMR, Tianjin AMR, Henan AMR, Hainan AMR and Ningbo AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for textiles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB 18383-2007 More…

U.S. – FTC Proposes 16 CFR 323 Made in USA Labeling
Vol. 1176 | 04 August 2020

U.S. – FTC Proposes 16 CFR 323 Made in USA Labeling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with protecting consumers from deceptive acts and practices under FTC Act. Section 5(a) of the FTC Act authorizes the FTC is to ensure that a ‘Made in USA’ claim, like any other claim, be truthful, non-deceptive and substantiated More…

U.S. – FTC Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Repeal Care Labeling Rule
Vol. 1174 | 28 July 2020

U.S. – FTC Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Repeal Care Labeling Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comment on a proposal to repeal the rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended (“Care Labeling Rule”). The deadline for public comments is September 21, 2020. More…

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Monograph 14 Guidance on Textile Face Coverings for Adults
Vol. 1172 | 27 July 2020

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Monograph 14 Guidance on Textile Face Coverings for Adults

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has published Monograph 14 on textile face coverings for adults. AATCC has made this document available for free due to the COVID-19 pandemic at: https://www.aatcc.org/testing/emerging/ 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…

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…

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…

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. – 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…