Insight Bulletins: Apparel and Accessories

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…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in November 2019
Vol. 1124 | 11 December 2019

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

In November, the SAMR, Shanghai AMR, Jiangsu AMR, Shenzhen AMR, Neimenggu AMR and Jinan 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 More…

China – Three Important Provisions Published by the State Administration for Market Regulation
Vol. 1123 | 10 December 2019

China – Three Important Provisions Published by the State Administration for Market Regulation

China’s State Administration for Market regulation released three important notices on November 26th and 30th, 2019, the key information is as follows: “The interim measures for the management of product quality supervision and spot checks” will come into effect on... More…

U.S. – October 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1117 | 20 November 2019

U.S. – October 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. – September 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1116 | 19 November 2019

U.S. – September 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Oct 2019
Vol. 1115 | 14 November 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in Oct 2019

In October, the Shanghai AMR and Henan AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for protective clothing. This spot check was conducted according to GB 8965.1-2009 “Protective clothing - Flame-retardant protection - Part 1: Flame-retardant protective clothing,” GB 12014-2009 “Static protective clothing.” More…

South Korea – Standard for Skin-contact Plastic Products Approved
Vol. 1114 | 14 November 2019

South Korea – Standard for Skin-contact Plastic Products Approved

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has issued the standard for plastic products (Annex 24) under the “Household Goods Subject to Safety Standards.” The standard shall be effective from 22 October 2020. More…

China – 2019 Updated Textile and Footwear Products Standard List (October)
Vol. 1111 | 31 October 2019

China – 2019 Updated Textile and Footwear Products Standard List (October)

The standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No.13 of 2019 to publish standards updates. The announcement included some updated textile and footwear product standards and method standards, including GB/T 24252—2019 “Silk quilts” and GB/T 22705—2019 “Safety specifications for cords and drawstrings on More…

U.S. – California Becomes First State in U.S. to Ban the Sale of New Fur Products
Vol. 1110 | 18 October 2019

U.S. – California Becomes First State in U.S. to Ban the Sale of New Fur Products

On October 12, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill (AB) 44 – Fur Products: Prohibition. The law prohibits the sale, offering for sale, displaying for sale, trade, or distributing for monetary or nonmonetary consideration a fur product in the state of California. More…

U.S. – Maine Reposts Draft Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products
Vol. 1108 | 08 October 2019

U.S. – Maine Reposts Draft Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has reposted the proposed rule to designate perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as a Priority Chemical under its Safer Chemicals in Children's Products rules. Since the initial posting in April and the subsequent public hearing, the Department of... More…

U.S. – California Adopts SB647 Amending the Jewelry Law
Vol. 1107 | 03 October 2019

U.S. – California Adopts SB647 Amending the Jewelry Law

On September 27, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved the Senate bill (SB) 647 Hazardous substances: metal containing jewelry. This bill amends the current California jewelry law to revise the definition of a child, lead and cadmium requirements for children’s jewelry, lead requirements for adult jewelry and More…

U.S. – August 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1104 | 24 September 2019

U.S. – August 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. – July 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1103 | 23 September 2019

U.S. – July 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…

Results of China Market Textile, Footwear and Bags Spot Checks in August 2019
Vol. 1100 | 11 September 2019

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

In August, the Henan AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 31701-2015 “The safety technical code for infants and children textile products,” GB/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” GB/T 22797-2009 “Sheet,” GB/T 22843-2009 More…

China – 2019 Updated Textile Products Standard List
Vol. 1099 | 06 September 2019

China – 2019 Updated Textile Products Standard List

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China recently released announcement No. 29 of 2019, and the standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No.10 of 2019, to publish standards updates. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2019
Vol. 1095 | 06 August 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in July 2019

In July, the Chongqing 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet,” and More…

EU – CEN/TR 17376: 2019 Guidance Document on the Use of EN 14682 Cords and Drawstrings Published
Vol. 1092 | 26 July 2019

EU – CEN/TR 17376: 2019 Guidance Document on the Use of EN 14682 Cords and Drawstrings Published

The Technical Report CEN/TR 17376: 2019 has been published. The standard is a guidance document which is intended to clarify the requirements and interpretations of EN 14682. It does not replace EN 14682: 2014 and a revision of this standard is now in progress. More…

U.S. – June 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1090 | 23 July 2019

U.S. – June 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…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1089 | 19 July 2019

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 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 the substance included in the Candidate List have six months from 16th July publication to notify ECHA if the following conditions apply: More…

EU Commission Publishes Recast on Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation
Vol. 1088 | 15 July 2019

EU Commission Publishes Recast on Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation

The European Commission has published a recast legislation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The Regulation replaces the previous legislation Regulation (EC) No 850/2004, which has been substantially amended. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2019
Vol. 1087 | 15 July 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in June 2019

In June, the Zhejiang 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet,” More…

U.S. – May 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1086 | 26 June 2019

U.S. – May 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2019
Vol. 1084 | 20 June 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in May 2019

In May, the Shanxi 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and GB/T 22844-2009 “Matched bedding.” More…

2019 Updated Textile Products Standard List – China
Vol. 1083 | 20 June 2019

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. 16 of 2019, and the standardization administration of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No.7 of 2019 to publish standards updates. There are some updated textile product standards and method standards, including More…

U.S. – April 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1082 | 22 May 2019

U.S. – April 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…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2019
Vol. 1081 | 15 May 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2019

In April, the Xinjiang 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and More…

U.S. – March 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1077 | 30 April 2019

U.S. – March 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. – CPSC Request for Information about Possible Exemption of Spandex from the Testing Requirements of 16 CFR 1610 – the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles
Vol. 1076 | 24 April 2019

U.S. – CPSC Request for Information about Possible Exemption of Spandex from the Testing Requirements of 16 CFR 1610 – the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting information for possible exemption of spandex from the testing requirements of the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles – 16 CFR 1610. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2019
Vol. 1073 | 11 April 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2019

In March, the Zhejiang 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and More…

U.S. – Maine Proposes Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products
Vol. 1069 | 05 April 2019

U.S. – Maine Proposes Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has proposed to designate perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as priority chemicals under its Safer Chemicals in Children's Products rules. More…

U.S. – February 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1068 | 03 April 2019

U.S. – February 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... More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019
Vol. 1064 | 14 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019

In February, the Shanxi 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 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and GB/T 22844-2009 “Matched bedding.” More…

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE
Vol. 1063 | 11 March 2019

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE

UV Protective clothing is considered as Category 1 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under the scope of the EU Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment 2016/425. This requires that the manufacturer or EU distributor should prepare a technical file, which should contain More…

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides
Vol. 1062 | 07 March 2019

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides

As part of the systemic review of all the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comments on whether to repeal, amend or retain the Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products, 16 CFR 24 (Leather Guides). More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019
Vol. 1061 | 07 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019

In January, the Jiangsu 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 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” More…

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I
Vol. 1059 | 01 March 2019

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I

Clothing designed and marketed as offering solar ultraviolet (UV) protection could be tested according to a variety of existing UV transmission test methods. This type of clothing previously wasn’t mentioned under the PPE directive 89/686/EEC. The new European PPE Regulation 2016/425 was listed in More…

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing
Vol. 1057 | 19 February 2019

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering improvements to www.SaferProducts.gov, the organization’s publicly available consumer product safety information database, to make the portal easier to understand, navigate, and interact with, as well as more useful for submitting and obtaining desired information. More…

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation
Vol. 1054 | 29 January 2019

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation

On January 24, 2019, the Government of Manitoba announced the repeal of the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, 78/2004. The regulation will be revoked effective January 1, 2020. Due to the revocation of this regulation, starting January 1, 2020, upholstered and stuffed articles offered More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018
Vol. 1053 | 24 January 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018

In December, the Beijing AMR and Zhejiang 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 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1052 | 16 January 2019

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 6 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. Four of the substances in list are polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which may be used in polymer production. More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2018
Vol. 1051 | 21 December 2018

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in November 2018

In November, the Zhejiang QTS, Guizhou AMR and Gansu 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 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” More…

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/2005 Amending the Phthalates Restriction in Entry 51 of REACH Annex XVII
Vol. 1050 | 19 December 2018

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/2005 Amending the Phthalates Restriction in Entry 51 of REACH Annex XVII

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2018/2005 in the EU Official Journal. The regulation amends Entry 51 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) on More…

Canada – Ontario Revokes Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Labeling Regulation
Vol. 1049 | 12 December 2018

Canada – Ontario Revokes Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Labeling Regulation

The Government of Ontario announced revocation of the upholstered and stuffed articles regulation under Technical Standards and Safety Act of 2000. The regulation will be revoked effective July 1, 2019. Due to the revocation of this regulation, starting July 1, 2019, upholstered and stuffed articles offered for sale in More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in October 2018
Vol. 1048 | 14 November 2018

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in October 2018

In October, the Shanghai QTS, Zhejiang QTS, Jiangsu AIC, Shandong QTS and Shenzhen MSA 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 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2018
Vol. 1046 | 17 October 2018

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in September 2018

In September, the Beijing QTS and Shandong QTS 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,” More…

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 Restricting CMR Substances in Clothing
Vol. 1045 | 12 October 2018

EU REACH – European Union Publishes Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 Restricting CMR Substances in Clothing

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2018/1513, which introduces a restriction on certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products. The regulation amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the More…

U.S. – Oregon Amends Toxic-Free Kids Rule
Vol. 1042 | 02 October 2018

U.S. – Oregon Amends Toxic-Free Kids Rule

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) amended the Toxic-Free Kids Rule (TFKR), also known as the Children’s Products Reporting Rule requirements. Following are the amendments: High Priority Chemicals of Concern for Children’s Health (HPCCCH) list revision. Based on the revision to the Washington Children’s Products Reporting Rule More…

U.S. – California Passes AB-2998 Prohibiting Flame Retardants in Juvenile Products, Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses
Vol. 1041 | 01 October 2018

U.S. – California Passes AB-2998 Prohibiting Flame Retardants in Juvenile Products, Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses

On September 29, 2018, California Governor Brown signed bill AB-2998, which prohibits the sale of new juvenile products, mattresses and upholstered furniture that contains specified flame retardants. Effective January 1, 2020, the Act prohibits sale, offer for sale and distribution in the State of California of More…