Insight Bulletins: Housewares and Furniture

U.S. – The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Approves Changes to Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation
Vol. 1229 | 05 March 2021

U.S. – The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Approves Changes to Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation

In February 2021, the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) approved significant revisions to the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation including; restriction of sale of packaging and packaging materials containing phthalates greater than 100 parts per million or 0.01% by weight... 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…

Benelux – Statement Issued about Market Withdrawal of Bamboo-Melamine Food Contact Articles
Vol. 1225 | 18 February 2021

Benelux – Statement Issued about Market Withdrawal of Bamboo-Melamine Food Contact Articles

The authorities of Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg issued a joint communication on February 15, 2021, announcing that business operators will have to withdraw “Bamboo-Melamine” materials and articles from the market immediately, as the use of bamboo (or other natural constituents) in combination with... 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…

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…

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…

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. – CPSC Proposes Amendment to the 16 CFR 1632 Safety Standard for Mattresses and Mattress Pads
Vol. 1203 | 16 December 2020

U.S. – CPSC Proposes Amendment to the 16 CFR 1632 Safety Standard for Mattresses and Mattress Pads

Under the U.S. Flammable Fabrics Act, 16 CFR 1632 is the federal standard for flammability of mattresses and mattress pads. 16 CFR 1632 evaluates the ignition resistance of a mattress or mattress pad when exposed to a lighted cigarette using pass/fail criteria 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…

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…

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. – 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…

EU – Amendment to Plastic Food Contact Regulation (EU) 10/2011 Approved
Vol. 1187 | 09 September 2020

EU – Amendment to Plastic Food Contact Regulation (EU) 10/2011 Approved

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 to amend Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic food contact materials and articles. The amendment will enter into force on 23 September 2020. The most significant changes are 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…

France – Replacement of Rubber Food Contact Regulation Approved
Vol. 1182 | 20 August 2020

France – Replacement of Rubber Food Contact Regulation Approved

The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery of France has published Order of 5 August 2020, on rubber food contact materials and articles and pacifiers for infants and young children, which shall replace and repeal Order of 9 November 1994, on 1 July 2021. 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…

Mercosur –Updates on Technical Regulations for Plastic Food Contact Articles Proposed
Vol. 1180 | 12 August 2020

Mercosur –Updates on Technical Regulations for Plastic Food Contact Articles Proposed

The Southern Common Market (Mercosur), comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, Venezuela and Bolivia, has published two draft resolutions to amend the Technical Regulations for plastic food contact articles. The key points of these two resolutions are summarized as follows... 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…

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…

EU REACH – Explanatory Guide on REACH Annex XVII Entry 72 Published
Vol. 1173 | 28 July 2020

EU REACH – Explanatory Guide on REACH Annex XVII Entry 72 Published

The European Commission has published an explanatory guide to clarify the scope of articles intended to be covered and list the analytical methods for CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic) substances under entry 72 to Annex XVII of REACH. 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…

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. – 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…

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. – 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Italy – Correction to the Amendment of Authorized Substance List for Stainless Steel Food Contact Materials
Vol. 1120 | 27 November 2019

Italy – Correction to the Amendment of Authorized Substance List for Stainless Steel Food Contact Materials

The Ministry of Health of Italy has issued a correction to the Decree 9 May 2019, No. 72, which amended the Authorized Substance List for Stainless Steel Food Contact Materials (for more detail, please refer to Insight Vol. 1096) More…

U.S. –California Bureau of Household Goods and Services Name to Appear on Furniture Flammability Labels Starting Jan. 1, 2020
Vol. 1118 | 20 November 2019

U.S. –California Bureau of Household Goods and Services Name to Appear on Furniture Flammability Labels Starting Jan. 1, 2020

On January 1, 2019, the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) officially became the California Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS). The name change was enacted when Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1483 in September 2018. 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…

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…

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…