As part of our commitment to support and add value to our customers, Intertek regularly publishes and distributes important information about the consumer products industry in the form of our Insight (formerly known as Sparkle) technical bulletins. Insight provides updates on quality and safety requirements of consumer products for every country across the globe. Each Insight includes a detailed synopsis of continually changing standards and how they affect your business, to supply you with the knowledge and potential solutions to stay competitive in today's global marketplace.

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Vol. 1405 | 20 May 2024

LD 1537: Maine Updated PFAS Consumer Products Law Related to Prevention of PFAS Chemicals

On April 16, 2024, Governor Janet Mills signed L.D. 1537, titled “An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to the Prevention of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Pollution.”

Vol. 1404 | 16 May 2024

Australia has issued the Consumer Goods (Toppling Furniture) Information Standard 2024

Australia Government has approved the Consumer Goods (Toppling Furniture) Information Standard 2024. It will be effective on 4 May 2025.

Vol. 1403 | 13 May 2024

U.S. – March 2024 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In March 2024, there were 443 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, of which 58% of the notices served were for the category of Lead, 18% of notices were served for the presence of Phthalates, 24% of the notices were for the presence of Other chemicals.

Vol. 1402 | 29 Mar 2024

Utah R70-101 Notice of Emergency (120-Day) Rule

On February 2, 2024, the State of Utah issued a Notice of Emergency, signaling its intent to amend the law label requirements outlined in R70-101, mainly eliminating the references to online sales from Sections R70-101-2, R70-101-3, and R70-101-18.

Vol. 1401 | 29 Mar 2024

India Approved the Cookware and Utensils (Quality Control) Order 2024

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India has approved the Cookware and Utensils (Quality Control) Order 2024. This Quality Order shall enter into force on 1 September 2024. The effective date for small enterprises and micro enterprises are 1 December 2024 and 1 March 2024 respectively.

Vol. 1400 | 26 Mar 2024

U.S. – February 2024 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In February 2024, there were 352 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, of which 51% of the notices served were for the category of Lead, 18% of notices were served for the presence of Phthalates, 31% of the notices were for the presence of Other chemicals.

Vol. 1399 | 25 Mar 2024

India – Approved Two New Quality Orders on Potable Water Bottle and Insulated Flask, Bottle and Container

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India has approved the Potable Water Bottles (Quality Control) Order 2024 and the Insulated Flask, Bottles and Containers for Domestic Use (Quality Control) Order 2024.

Vol. 1398 | 06 Mar 2024

EU restricts microplastics in products under REACH – Latest thinking by EU technical services

In September 2023, the EU published a new regulation aimed at restricting the use of intentionally added microplastics. The Regulation (EU) 2023/2055 specifically targets synthetic polymer microparticles, commonly known as microplastics.

Vol. 1397 | 14 Feb 2024

U.S. – January 2024 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In January 2024, there were 510 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65, of which 37% of the notices served were for the category of Lead, 13% of notices were served for the presence of Phthalates, 50% of the notices were for the presence of Other chemicals.

Vol. 1396 | 07 Feb 2024

ISO Published New Version of Care Labelling Standard

In December 2023, ISO published the latest version of the care labelling standard ISO 3758: 2023. The document establishes a system of graphic symbols that are intended for use on textile articles...

Vol. 1395 | 31 Jan 2024

Australia - Strengthen Regulations on Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) Chemicals

On 18 December 2023, Australia issued the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Amendment (2023 Measures No. 1) Instrument 2023 (the Amendment)

Vol. 1394 | 31 Jan 2024

EU REACH – ECHA Adds Five New Hazardous Chemicals to the Candidate List

ECHA added 5 new substances to the SVHC Candidate List and updated DBP's entry for environmental endocrine disruption, now totaling 240 substances commonly found in inks, toners, adhesives, sealants, and cleaning products.

Vol. 1393 | 24 Jan 2024

U.S. – December 2023 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In December 2023, there were 344 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (45%). 11% of notices were for the presence of Phthalates, 44% of the notices were for Other chemicals.

Vol. 1392 | 24 Jan 2024

U.S. – November 2023 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In November 2023, there were 396 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (52%).  19% of notices were for the presence of Phthalates, 29% of the notices were for Other chemicals.

Vol. 1391 | 24 Jan 2024

U.S. – October 2023 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

In October 2023, there were 409 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (43%). Nearly 25% of notices were for the presence of Phthalates, 32% of the notices were for Other chemicals. 

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