EU proposes a restriction of tattoo inks under REACH XVII
The composition of permanent make-ups (PMU) and tattoo inks raises numerous concerns for public health. (e.g. allergies caused by substances used in inks and possible carcinogenicity). In June, a PMU ink is notified on the RAPEX as it violates against the Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008)1.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Final recommendations on 29 exemption renewal requests under RoHS 2.0
On 27 June 2016, a final report related to exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (Pack 9) has been published. The report evaluates 29 exemption renewal requests for existing exemptions approaching their expiry dates.
Final recommendations for three lead exemptions
Oeko-Institut has submitted a final evaluation report (Pack 8) concerning three lead exemptions, which has been published on CIRCABC. But the European Commission has not adopted any recommendations yet.
Toys & Children’s Products
EU proposes to lower the BPA limit in toys again
On 18 July 2016, the European Commission has submitted Notification No. G/TBT/N/EU/396 to World Trade Organisation (WTO) to lower the migration limit of Bisphenol A (BPA) in toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth. The proposal is expected to be adopted in the fourth quarter of 2016 and enter into force on the second quarter of 2018.
US recalls children's chairs due to excessive lead
On 9 June 2016, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls children’s chairs and swings imported from China as the screen-printing on the fabric of the chairs and swings contains excessive levels of lead.
Textiles/ Footwear/Leather Articles
Commission advances plan to restrict CMRs in textiles
The European Commission plans to draft its proposed fast-track restriction of 286 carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic (CMR) substances in consumer textiles in two phases.
Nike and Li-Ning fail to meet detox commitments
The third edition of the Detox Catwalk has been released to assess the steps taken by fashion brands to fulfil their commitments. The report shows some fashion giants like Inditex, H&M and Benetton are ahead of the curve and on track to meet their commitments. However, Li-Ning, Nike, Esprit and some other brands fail to do so.
Recalls of toddler leisure shoes for excessive concentrations of phthalates
Combi (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has submitted a recall scheme dated from 18 July 2016 to 17 January 2017 to the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision as per Administrative Measures for Recalls of Defective Consumer Products. The recalls cover 420 pairs of toddler leisure boots (model No./ specification: BD301E, manufacture date: 10 September 2015).
Food /Food Contact Materials
Japan formulates food contact PEN materials and articles
On 8 June 2016, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published Notification No. 245 of 2016 to regulate the use of food contact polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) materials and articles, or food contact materials and articles manufactured with PEN as the principle ingredient. The new law mandates requirements for evaporation residues and migration for germanium. The new legislation will take into force on 8 December 2016 which is six months since its publication.
French DGCCRF updates food contact material standards
The French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) published new documents DM/4B/COM/002, DM/4B/COM/003, DM/4B/COM/004 for food contact materials (FCMs) made from inorganic materials (except metals), organic materials made from synthetic fibers and organic materials made from plant fibers in June 2016. The documents replace the specification in scope of Information Notice No. 2004-64 of 6 May 2004.
Germany drafts an ordinance on printing inks
On 5 July 2016, Germany has notified a draft of its ordinance on printing inks to the European Commission by amending Germany's Consumer Goods.
China intensifies inspection on stainless steel food contact products
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) has issued a notification to launch a campaign targeting at crashing down on counterfeit stainless steel products that come into food contact since July.
Notifications on Imported Products
China destroys plastic spoons imported from Japan
On 30 June 2016, Zhejiang Hangzhou Quarantine and Inspection Bureau (in China) has destroyed a batch of food contact materials imported from Japan. The products are kitchen polypropylene (PP) plastic spoons (480 boxes, 1,920 units).
Recalls of imported multikettles for acrylonitrile monomer
Beijia Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has submitted a recall scheme to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ). The recall covers some multikettles (model VP360.LGC and VP360.BTQ, manufacture batch: 50000138) which were manufactured during May to June 2015 under the brand of Royal vkb. Based on the company’s statistics, there are 66 units of such products affected in mainland China.
EU amends the preservative MI provisions in cosmetics regulation
On 23 July 2016, the Official Journal of the European Union published Regulation (EU) 2016/1198 to make amendments to Annex V to the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, which officially banned the use of the preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MI, or MIT) in leave-on products. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. So it will apply since 12 February 2017.
TFDA bans cosmetics containing ainthistamine
Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Ministry of Health and Welfare has published B.S.S. Notification No. 1051604972 to formulate that “the use of antihistamine is prohibited in cosmetics” on 30 June 2016 in accordance with Administrative Regulation on Cosmetics Hygiene. The ban on entry and manufacture of antihistamine-containing cosmetics is effective immediately, while the ban on such cosmetics for sale or intended for sale, supply or displayed for supply is effective on 1 January 2017.
Chinese standards on glass and bamboo furniture applies on 1 July
GB/T 32446-2015 General technical requirements for glass furniture and GB/T 32444-2015 General technical requirements for bamboo furniture published by Standardisation Administration of the People's Republic of China shall apply since 1 July 2016.
Turkey places import control over consumer products
On 30 April 2016, Turkey Ministry of Economy had issued Communiqué No. 29699 to announce the list of products to be randomly checked through GTIB-IRIS (risk based import control) system during custom process. The Communiqué takes in to force on 2 May 2016.
New listing of six triazines under Prop 65
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will add the listing of six triazines (Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine, DEA, DIA and DACT) under Proposition 65 effective on 15 July 2016.
New Zealand bans import of almost all asbestos-containing products
The importation of asbestos-containing products is to be banned, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced on 15 June 2016. The ban is currently being drafted and will take into force on 1 October 2016.
California issues DINP safe use determination in vinyl flooring products
On 24 June 2016, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) for the use of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in vinyl flooring products.
Recall Notifications
Overview of RAPEX notifications in June 2016
In accordance with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) and Regulation 765/2008, in June 2016 the European Commission validated 170 notifications on dangerous products and transmitted them to the Member States and EEA-countries. Most of these concerned products presenting serious risk: 135 notifications (79%). 8 notifications (5%) concerned products presenting less than serious risk and 27 notifications (16%) were circulated for information.
Overview of RASFF FCM notifications in June 2016
The European Commission validated 254 RASFF notifications this month, including 221 notifications on food, accounting for 87.01%; 16 notifications on feed, accounting for 6.30%; 17 notifications on food contact materials (FCMs), accounting for 6.69%.
Overview of CPSC notifications on recalls in June 2016
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls 26 batches of products in June 2016. There are 18 batches of Chinese products, accounting for 69.23%, increased by 6.27%.
Monthly overview report of AQSIQ notifications on imported goods in June 2016
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) validated notifications on 39 batches of imported industrial goods, which were found non-compliant during inspection and quarantine process at the entry ports of China. They have not been offered for sale on the China market yet and are returned or destroyed instead according to laws.
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