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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.
EU Publishes Latest List of Standards for Presumption of Conformity with Toy Safety Directive
02 Jun 2021 Toys and Juvenile Products
The EU has made three changes to its list of the standards for presumption of conformity with the Toy Safety Directive. The latest list of toy safety standards became effective on May 31, 2021.
State of Vermont, USA, Regulates PFAS and Other Chemicals in Certain Goods
01 Jun 2021 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The US state of Vermont has approved measures to regulate PFAS and other chemicals in certain consumer products. The provisions in the Act will be implemented in phases, starting July 1, 2021.
EN 17353:2020 Released for Protective Clothing – Enhanced Visibility Equipment for Medium Risk Situations
01 Jun 2021 Personal and Protective Equipment
The standard specifies requirements for enhanced visibility equipment in the form of garments, or devices, which are capable of signalling the user’s presence. The enhanced visibility equipment is intended to provide more conspicuous visibility of the wearer in medium risk situations under any daylight conditions and/or under illumination by vehicles headlights or searchlights in the dark.
Brazil Consults Over Proposal on Metal Cookware Regulations & Requirements
31 May 2021 Hardgoods, Food
Brazil has launched a 60-day public consultation on a proposal to revise the nation’s technical regulation and conformity assessment requirements for metal cookware. Comments are accepted until June 10, 2021.