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EU Commission Approves Two RoHS Exemptions


EU Commission Approves Two RoHS Exemptions

Two amendments to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive were published recently by the EU Commission in order to approve new exemptions to Article 4; substance restrictions.  The decision came from consultants at the […]

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Peru Publishes Draft Technical Regulations on Energy Efficiency Labeling

The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines has published nine draft technical regulations on energy efficiency labeling of energy using products. These drafts detail the mandatory energy efficiency information that must be included on the product […]

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US National Academy of Sciences reports on formaldehyde

The National Academy of Sciences has issued its Review of the Formaldehyde Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) first listed formaldehyde in 1981, in the 2nd Report on […]

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House Democrats urge CPSC & FDA to take ‘swift action’ on phthalates

In response to the recent report from the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) on Phthalates, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has issued letters to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Food and […]

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Australia considers restrictions on aromatic amines in textiles & leather

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened a consultation to restrict aromatic amines in clothing, textiles and leather articles. Recently, ACCC conducted a survey, and commissioned testing of certain clothing, textiles and leather […]

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Maine shelves proposed rule on formaldehyde…for now

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has updated its website to indicate that its proposed rule, chapter 885, to designate formaldehyde as a Priority Chemical and regulate it in children’s products will not be […]

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Health Canada prohibits TCEP in products for children under 3

Health Canada has amended the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) to establish a new prohibition on products that are made, in whole or in part, of polyurethane foam that contains tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) […]

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FTC amends its Textile Rules

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a Final Rule to amend the rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act. The Rule, which will amend 16 CFR 303 to: […]

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Norway’s Environment Directorate considers delay on PFOA restrictions in textiles

Following its announcement in March that it was recommending a delay to its recently-enacted restrictions on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in textiles, the Norwegian Environment Directorate is inviting stakeholders to take part in a consultation on […]

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Australia’s ACCC takes action against azodyes in apparel

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) market surveillance activities have prompted recalls of four pairs of jeans and one pillowcase for having unacceptable concentrations of certain azodyes containing unacceptable concentration of aromatic amines. “The […]

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US Senate considers expanded phthalate restrictions

The United States (US) Senate is considering a bill, S.2120, To expand the prohibition on the manufacture, distribution, and importation of children’s products that contain phthalates, and for other purposes. The bill, introduced by Senator […]

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FTC amends textile labeling rules

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amended its Textile Labeling Rules, addressing fiber content and country-of-origin disclosures. After weighing comments from stakeholders on the proposed amendments, FTC approved amendments that would: incorporate the […]

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FTC seeks comments on ‘fair packaging & labeling’

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on rules under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides. […]

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California DTSC to announce draft Priority Products

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will announce its first draft Priority Products under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations on 13 March 2014 at 10 AM PDT. The draft Priority Products are consumer goods […]

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California considers revisions to Prop 65 warnings

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a notice of a public workshop to discuss a possible regulatory action to change the existing regulation governing Proposition 65 warnings. It is OEHHA’s intent […]

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US House considers TSCA reform ‘Discussion Draft’

The United States (US) House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee is considering a “Discussion Draft” of a bill, not yet numbered, entitled, “To provide for the safe and efficient flow of chemicals in interstate […]

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Israel considers amendments to its toy safety standard

Israel’s Ministry of Economy has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of proposed amendments to its mandatory standard, SI 562 Part 1, dealing with the mechanical and physical aspects of safety of toys. The proposed […]

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New Malaysian labeling law for goods made from pig & dog

Malaysia’s Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a new labeling law, the Trade Descriptions (Goods Made From Any Part Of Pig Or Dog) Order 2013. The Order […]

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Illinois considers prohibiting crib bumper bads

Illinois’ House is considering a bill, HB 5348, An act concerning safety, which would amend the Children’s Product Safety Act to prohibit a commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer from selling, offering to […]

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Idaho Resolution on chemicals of concern

Idaho’s Legislature issued a Concurrent Resolution encouraging companies to avoid substances likely to be harmful and substitute safer alternatives whenever feasible in household products, especially those likely to be used by pregnant women and children. […]

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Connecticut considers adoption of ASTM standard on cadmium in children’s jewelry

Connecticut’s General Assembly is considering a bill, Raised Bill No. 84, An Act Concerning Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry. The Bill would restrict the manufacture, sale, offer for sale or distribution of any children’s jewelry that […]

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EU establishes new safety requirements for consumer laser products

The European Commission (EC) has enacted a new Decision establishing safety requirements to be met by European standards for consumer laser products, pursuant to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). The Decision applies to “consumer […]

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Washington State considers restrictions on TDCPP & TCEP in children’s products & upholstered furniture

The Washington State Senate is considering a bill, SB 6540, to restrict the sale, offer or distribution of children’s products or residential upholstered furniture containing tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) or tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP) in excess of 100 ppm […]

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Indonesia amends its requirements for toys

The National Standardization Agency, Indonesia (BSN) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of an amendment to its mandatory national standard for toys. Regulation of Minister of Industry No. 55/M-IND/PER/11/2013 concerning Revision of Regulation of […]

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CEH reports on products & brands removing TDCPP, TCEP & TDBPP from their products

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has reported on its “landmark legal agreements” to remove flame retardants from foam furniture and children’s products, as per California Proposition 65. The report references the recent Prop 65 […]

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Maryland PIRG releases the 28th annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report

Maryland Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released its 28th annual survey of toy safety, the 2013 Trouble in Toyland report. In this report, Maryland PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small […]

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Maine proposes four new priority chemicals for children’s products

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed four new rules designating priority chemicals for children’s products. The four rules listed will designate cadmium, formaldehyde, mercury, and arsenic as priority chemicals, allowing the Department to […]

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Health Canada considers a risk assessment framework under CCPSA

Health Canada is considering establishing a risk assessment framework, as per the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The purpose of the framework is to provide clarity and guidance to internal and external stakeh olders on the […]

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CA revises TB 117 on upholstered furniture flammability

California’s Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) has revised Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117), on upholstered furniture flammability. The intent of the mandatory standard is to produce upholstered furniture […]

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CEH reports on flame retardants in children’s furniture

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has issued a report on harmful flame retardant chemicals in children’s furniture. The report found that chairs, couches and other kids’ furniture, purchased from Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys R […]

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CPSC issues final rule on safety of bassinets & cradles

The United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule establishing mandatory safety standards for bassinets and cradles. CPSC is required to establish such standards as per Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act […]

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WA amends its CSPA Reporting Rule

Washington State Department of Ecology has amended its Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA) Reporting Rule, to add tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) to the list of chemicals of high concern to children (CHCCs), and and to remove n-butanol […]

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‘ECHA Newsletter’ features a documentary on chemicals in household products

The October 2013 issue of the ECHA Newsletter featured an interview with Dana Nachman, one of the directors of the new documentary, The Human Experiment, which focuses on chemicals in everyday household products and their […]

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FTC announces settlement for false country of origin claims

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that a marketer of outdoor accessories has agreed to settle charges that it falsely claimed certain of its products were “Made in the U.S.A,” or […]

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ACCC issues product safety guides

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued two new product safety guides: “The State of Product Safety—Jurisdiction Comparisons” provides a comparative outline of the product safety framework across 11 countries, including Australia, Brazil, […]

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AAFA publishes 13th edition of its RSL

The United States (US) American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has revised its Restricted Substances List (RSL) to the 13th edition, in conjunction with the International Product Safety & Restricted Substances Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. […]

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TIA surveys members about proposed expansion of lead restrictions in Canada

The United States (US) Toy Industry Association (TIA) has issued a survey to its members, seeking feedback on a proposed expansion of Canada’s restrictions on lead in toys. Under the proposal, the 90 ppm limit […]

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California DTSC briefing on the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) posted a briefing, authored by its Director, Debbie Raphael, regarding its newly-enacted Safer Consumer Products Regulations, which take effect on 1 October 2013. The Regulations, which are five […]

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Walmart announces policy on sustainable chemistry in consumables

On Thursday, 12 September 2013, Walmart announced its new “Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.” With the Policy, Walmart aims to help ensure that household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products sold in its […]

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California OAL approves Safer Consumer Products Regulations; to take effect 1 October 2013

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced, the Safer Consumer Products Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on 28 August 2013. The Regulations specify the process for identifying and prioritizing […]

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Washington extends August reporting deadline, considers addition of TDCPP, to Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule

Washington State’s Department of Ecology has extended the August 2013 reporting deadline of the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule. The third reporting cycle applies to the “largest” manufacturers of Tier 3 products, the “larger” manufacturers of Tier […]

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California DTSC issues revisions to the proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has revised the text of its Safer Consumer Products proposed rule, which will establish the process for identifying and prioritizing consumer products and their chemicals of concern, evaluating […]

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CPSC amends its mandatory play yard standard

The United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule, amending the play yard mandatory standard, codified at 16 CFR 1221. Currently, the standard incorporates ASTM F406:2012a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for […]

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CPSC proposes extension of SaferProducts.gov

On 15 August 2013, the United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Federal Register Notice regarding its extending collection of publicly-available consumer product safety information in its online database, SaferProducts.gov. The original […]

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CHEJ issues annual guide to PVC-free school supplies

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) issued its annual guide to PVC-free school supplies. Per the guide, CHEJ-commissioned testing in 2012 found high levels of phthalates in common school supplies, such as backpacks, […]

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California Legislature resolves to preserve state laws on restricted substances

California’s Legislature issued an Assembly Joint Resolution to memorialize the federal Congress and the President of the United States (US) to respect the rights of states to protect the health of their citizens. AJR 30 […]

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US FDA issues draft guidance on safety of toy laser products

The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance document on safety of toy laser products. The draft guidance is intended to inform manufacturers of laser products, FDA headquarters and field […]

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Details on the proposed US ‘Decrease Unsafe Toxins Act’

The United States (US) House of Representatives has made the text of H.R. 2934 available. The bill, titled “Decrease Unsafe Toxins Act,” aims to ban flame retardant chemicals in children’s products, to reduce unnecessary health […]

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US FTC approves settlement against retailers marketing real fur products as fake fur

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final orders settling charges that three retailers sold products containing real fur which were advertised as containing “faux” fur and that they didn’t identify the […]

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Stakeholders to testify at Senate hearing on TSCA reform

The United States (US) Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee will host a hearing today, 31 July 2013, at 930 AM EDT, to consider possible reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing, […]

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