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China Releases a New National Standard for Restricted Chemical Substances in Consumer Products – GB/T 39498-2020
22 Jun 2021 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical and Electronics, Softlines
China issued a new national standard GB/T 39498-2020 Guidelines for the use and control of key chemical substances in consumer products. The new standard became effective on June 1, 2021
US CPSC Approves New Safety Standard (16 CFR 1236) for Infant Sleep Products
17 Jun 2021 Toys and Juvenile Products
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal safety rule, 16 CFR 1236, for Infant Sleep Products intended for sleep and age graded for babies under five months of age.
FTC Guidance Enforcement Policy for “Made in USA” Marketing Claims
09 Jun 2021 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
Under the law, some products must disclose US content. For others, manufacturers and marketers who choose to make “Made in USA” claims need to know about the FTC’s Enforcement Policy Statement on US Origin Claims.
Japan Designates PFOA and its Salts as Class I Specified Chemical Substances
09 Jun 2021 Hardgoods, Softlines
Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, Etc. was approved by the Cabinet on 16 April 2021. The Cabinet Order designates o,p’-Dicofol and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or its salts as Class I Specified Chemical Substances under the Act. The enforcement date is 22 October 2021.
State of Nevada, USA, Regulates PFAS and Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Goods
07 Jun 2021 Softlines, Hardgoods
The US state of Nevada has recently approved measures to regulate PFAS and organohalogenated flame retardants (OFR) in a variety of consumer products. The restrictions will be implemented in phases, starting January 1, 2022.
Brazil Revises Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles
04 Jun 2021 Hardgoods, Food
Brazil has amended its Resolution approving the Technical Regulation on provisions for packaging, coatings, utensils, lids and metallic equipment in contact with food. The new law will become effective on November 27, 2021.
EU Amends CLP Regulation on Substances and Mixtures
04 Jun 2021 Hardgoods, Softlines, Electrical Medical Devices, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household, Electrical and Electronics
The EU has issued an adaptation to technical and scientific progress to revise the CLP Regulation. The new law will become effective on December 17, 2022.