Insight Bulletins: Soft Home Furnishings

U.S. – CPSC Issued Final Rule for Magnet Safety Standard – 16 CFR 1262
Vol. 1324 | 26 September 2022

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

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

U.S. California Passes AB 2247 for PFAS Disclosure
Vol. 1323 | 23 September 2022

U.S. California Passes AB 2247 for PFAS Disclosure

On Aug 29, 2022, the AB2247 passed both the houses of California legislature and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. This bill will require reporting for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) when intentionally added to a consumer product. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which More…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Prohibits Use of Certain Single-Use Plastics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. – April 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1302 | 12 May 2022

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

In April 2022, there were a total of 185 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (44 %) and Phthalates (36%). The remaining 20% were notices for the presence of other chemicals. More…

US: SB 273-Maryland bans PFAS in several consumer products
Vol. 1301 | 10 May 2022

US: SB 273-Maryland bans PFAS in several consumer products

On April 21, 2022, the SB 273- ‘Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements’ bill to regulate Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in several categories of consumer products was approved by Governor Larry Hogan. Following the demise of Maryland firefighter George “Walter” Taylor in 2020, there have been several initiatives to limit PFAS use in Maryland. More…

U.S. – March 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1299 | 29 April 2022

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

In March 2022, there were a total of 243 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Phthalates (41 %) and lead (39%). The remaining 20% were for the presence of other chemicals. More…

US – California: OEHHA Proposes Second Modification to Proposed Rule for Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Short-Form Warnings
Vol. 1298 | 25 April 2022

US – California: OEHHA Proposes Second Modification to Proposed Rule for Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Short-Form Warnings

On April 5, 2022, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice proposing additional modifications to its proposal to modify Prop 65 Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings - Short Form. The latest proposal removes the limitation on... More…

U.S. – February 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1297 | 21 April 2022

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

In February 2022, there were a total of 226 60-day Notices of Violation under Prop 65, a 20% increase from January 2022. 42% of notices were for lead, and 38% for phthalates. Of the reported notices, products under the categories of food accounted for... More…

French AGEC Law Requires Sorting Information and Triman Logo on Textile Articles
Vol. 1293 | 10 March 2022

French AGEC Law Requires Sorting Information and Triman Logo on Textile Articles

The sorting information signage required by the Triman will become mandatory on all textile products, household linens and shoes placed on the French market from February 1, 2023. This new signage is part of the deployment of law n° 2020-105 of February 10, 2020, relating to... More…

U.S. – January 2022 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1292 | 02 March 2022

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

In January 2022, there were a total of 188 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of notices were for lead, accounting for 43 % while phthalates had a total of 54 notices, about 29% of the total number of notices. The remaining 28% were... More…

U.S. – December 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1290 | 22 February 2022

U.S. – December 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In December 2021, there were a total of 221 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, down from the 257 notices served in November 2021. Most of the notices were for Phthalates, accounting for 37%. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1288 | 03 February 2022

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. This brings the total number of SVHCs to 223. More…

Canada- Bill 103-Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Law Repealed in Quebec
Vol. 1286 | 24 January 2022

Canada- Bill 103-Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Law Repealed in Quebec

On December 9, 2021, the National Assembly of Quebec assented to Bill 103, Chapter 35, which repealed Chapter M-5; the Act respecting stuffing and upholstered and stuffed articles. On January 21, 2022, Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation has also published... More…

Japan – Revise the Designated Term Under the Household Goods Quality labeling Act
Vol. 1283 | 11 January 2022

Japan – Revise the Designated Term Under the Household Goods Quality labeling Act

Dec 20, 2021, the Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan amended the Household Goods Quality Labeling Act. This amendment relates to the generic names for polyacrylonitrile synthetic fibers which are used in textile product labeling. More…

U.S./California – OEHHA Adds PFNA and Its Salts to Proposition 65 List
Vol. 1282 | 03 January 2022

U.S./California – OEHHA Adds PFNA and Its Salts to Proposition 65 List

December 31, 2021, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and its salts to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause male reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). More…

U.S. – November 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1281 | 28 December 2021

U.S. – November 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In November 2021, there were a total of 257 60-day violation notices served for Prop 65, similar to 254 notices served in October 2021. Many of the notices were for Phthalates, which accounts for 51.4 % of notices issued. Lead, registering at nearly 25%... More…

U.S. – California: OEHHA Proposes Further Modification to Proposition 65 (Prop65) Short Form Warnings
Vol. 1280 | 16 December 2021

U.S. – California: OEHHA Proposes Further Modification to Proposition 65 (Prop65) Short Form Warnings

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued proposed amendments to Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings - Short Form. After reviewing a total of 160 written comments and 21 oral comments, during the 60-day public comment period, from January 8 through March 29, 2021... More…

Canada – Minister of Environment Issues Survey on 188 BPA and its Alternative Substances
Vol. 1279 | 08 December 2021

Canada – Minister of Environment Issues Survey on 188 BPA and its Alternative Substances

On November 13, 2021, the Canada Minister of Environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (the Act) issued notice in the Canada Gazette Part I to collect information on 188 substances, including Bisphenol A (BPA), BPA structural analogues, and.... More…

Canada – Quebec Proposes to Repeal Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Labeling Regulation
Vol. 1277 | 21 October 2021

Canada – Quebec Proposes to Repeal Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Labeling Regulation

The Quebec government has proposed legislation to repeal the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Act, which requires labeling for various upholstered and stuffed products offered for sale in the province of Quebec. More…

U.S. – California Passes SB 343 Prohibiting Use of Deceptive Recycling Labels
Vol. 1275 | 19 October 2021

U.S. – California Passes SB 343 Prohibiting Use of Deceptive Recycling Labels

On October 5, 2021, California’s Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 343 Truth in Labeling for Recyclable Materials (the bill), prohibiting the use of misleading recycling claims on non-recyclable products and packaging. More…

U.S. – September 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1274 | 17 October 2021

U.S. – September 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In September 2021, there were a total of 249 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, down from the 335 notices served in August 2021. The majority of the notices were for lead, accounting for 46% while phthalates had a total of 93 notices... More…

U.S. – August 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1273 | 14 October 2021

U.S. – August 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In August 2021, there were a total of 335 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 45%, while lead had a total of 112 notices, about 21% of the total number of notices. More…

U.S. – July 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1272 | 13 October 2021

U.S. – July 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In July 2021, there were a total of 253 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, down from the 318 notices served in June 2021. The majority of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 39%. There were nearly as many notices related to... More…

U.S. – Utah Sterilization Permit Number to be Required on Quilted Clothing Labeling
Vol. 1270 | 15 September 2021

U.S. – Utah Sterilization Permit Number to be Required on Quilted Clothing Labeling

In the 2016 general legislative session, the state of Utah passed bill HB314 that introduced sterilization requirements for filling materials of animal origin, like wool, shoddy, down and feather. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) implemented the requirements in the Act by revising the... More…

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Method 212 for Evaluating Fiber Fragment Release During Home Laundering of Textile Products
Vol. 1268 | 02 September 2021

U.S. – AATCC Publishes Method 212 for Evaluating Fiber Fragment Release During Home Laundering of Textile Products

The American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) recently published TM 212 Test Method for Fiber Fragment Release During Home Laundering. This is the first global consensus standard published to assess fiber fragment release during home laundering. More…

EU REACH – New Restriction Published for C9-C14 PFCAs under Entry 68 of Annex XVII to REACH
Vol. 1267 | 17 August 2021

EU REACH – New Restriction Published for C9-C14 PFCAs under Entry 68 of Annex XVII to REACH

On 4 Aug 2021, the European Commission Published Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1297 to amend entry 68 of Annex XVII to REACH (EC) No 1907/2006 to newly restrict perfluorocarboxylic acids containing 9 to 14 carbon atoms in the chain (C9-C14 PFCAs), their salts and their related substances. More…

U.S. – June 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1265 | 09 August 2021

U.S. – June 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In June 2021, there were a total of 318 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, up from the 292 notices served in May 2021. The majority of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 43%, while lead had a total of 107 notices More…

U.S. – Maine Passes House Bill 1503 Prohibiting Sale of Products Containing PFAS
Vol. 1263 | 03 August 2021

U.S. – Maine Passes House Bill 1503 Prohibiting Sale of Products Containing PFAS

Maine recently passed House Bill 1503, which phases in the requirements for notification and prohibition on the sale of products containing intentionally added PFAS substances. More…

U.S. – EPA Proposes TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
Vol. 1262 | 27 July 2021

U.S. – EPA Proposes TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

On June 28, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking for reporting and recordkeeping requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a)(7). The proposed rule will require... More…

U.S. – FTC Votes Against Repeal of the Care Labeling Rule
Vol. 1261 | 23 July 2021

U.S. – FTC Votes Against Repeal of the Care Labeling Rule

On July 21, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously (5-0) to not repeal, as previously proposed, its trade regulation rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended (“Care Labeling Rule”). The FTC also informed that it will continue to consider ways to improve the... More…

Canada – Final Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations Published
Vol. 1260 | 20 July 2021

Canada – Final Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations Published

On July 7, 2021, Health Canada, in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, published the final Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations: SOR/2021-148 (Regulations) in Canada Gazette Part II. The regulations place limits on the formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products and More…

U.S. – FTC Publishes 16 CFR 323 ‘Made in USA’ Labeling
Vol. 1259 | 16 July 2021

U.S. – FTC Publishes 16 CFR 323 ‘Made in USA’ Labeling

On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the final rule for ‘Made in USA’ Labeling, 16 CFR 323. The FTC adopted the rule proposed last year with limited modifications. The final rule is effective August 13, 2021. More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 8 SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1258 | 15 July 2021

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of 8 SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 8 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. The substances are detailed in the insight bulletin for reference. More…

U.S. – DTSC Adopts Carpets and Rugs with PFASs as Priority Products
Vol. 1256 | 08 July 2021

U.S. – DTSC Adopts Carpets and Rugs with PFASs as Priority Products

On July 1, 2021, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) adopted carpets and rugs containing per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) as a Priority Product, based on their finalized regulations. Domestic and foreign carpet and rug manufacturers whose products contain any member of the class of PFASs in their... More…

U.S. – CPSC Amends Final Rule for 16 CFR 1632 Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads
Vol. 1255 | 29 June 2021

U.S. – CPSC Amends Final Rule for 16 CFR 1632 Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule to amend its Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads (16 CFR part 1632). The final rule amends the mattress standard to require a revised Standard Reference Material Cigarette, SRM 1196a, which was developed by the More…

U.S. – May 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1253 | 18 June 2021

U.S. – May 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In May 2021, there were a total of 292 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, up from the 156 notices served in April 2021. The majority of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 43%, while lead had a total of 49 notices More…

U.S. – Nevada Approves Regulations Restricting PFAS and OFRs in Certain Consumer Products
Vol. 1252 | 16 June 2021

U.S. – Nevada Approves Regulations Restricting PFAS and OFRs in Certain Consumer Products

On May 27, 2021, Nevada Governor Sisolak signed amendments to Assembly Bill, AB97, restricting the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) in a variety of consumer products. The Nevada bill seeks to reduce the exposure to both these classes of chemicals by... More…

U.S. – Vermont Approves Bill S20 to Restrict Sale of PFAS Chemicals
Vol. 1250 | 15 June 2021

U.S. – Vermont Approves Bill S20 to Restrict Sale of PFAS Chemicals

On May 18, 2021, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed bill S. 20 into law, which impacts chemicals in a wide range of products and amends the list of chemicals of high concern to children (CHCCs). The bill (S 20) restricts the sale of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in More…

U.S. – April 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1245 | 19 May 2021

U.S. – April 2021 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In April 2021, there were a total of 156 60-day notices for alleged violation of Prop 65, down from the 300 notices served in March 2021. A total of 62 of the notices were for phthalates, accounting for 40% of all notices. Of the rest, 30% were More…