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REACH
ECHA consults on two SVHC intentions
On 9 March 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) opened a stakeholder consultation for two substances of very high concern (SVHC) intentions (BPA, Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts). The consultation period ends on 24 April 2017.
ECHA recommends seven substances under REACH Authorisation List
Helsinki, 2 March 2017 – ECHA considers recommending the Commission to include seven substances to the Authorisation List as listed in the Annex. The public consultation ends on 2 June 2017.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Sweden to levy taxes on electronic products with certain toxic substances
Sweden passed a new regulation to levy taxes on electrical and electronic products containing specific toxic substances. Applicable on 1 Apr. 2017, the regulation specifies that Sweden will begin to levy taxes accessing Sweden market since 1 July 2017 and fewer taxes will be required on compliant products.
Sony SS-00259 (the 15th edition) takes into effect on 1 April
On 1 March 2017, Sony Management Regulations for the Environment-related Substances to be Controlled which are included in Parts and Materials -SS-00259 was updated to the 15th-edition. The parts, materials, and other goods that are procured by the Sony group, or by third parties to which the Sony group outsources the design and manufacture of its electronics products shall fulfill the regulatory requirements since 1 Apr. 2017.
Textile, Footwear and Luggage
AAFA releases 18th edition of Restricted Substances List (RSL)
Washington 16 March 2017, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released the 18th edition of the Restricted Substance List (RSL), the industry's chemical management resource for banned or restricted chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products around the world.
ISO updates test standard ISO 17075 for chromium(VI) content in leather
In February 2017, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released ISO17075-1:2017 and ISO17075-2:2017 to update the test standard ISO 17075, superseding the previous standard ISO 17075:2007.
Food Contact Materials
EFSA confirms the mixture of methyl-branched and linear C14–C18 alkanamides safe in FCMs
On 22 February 2017, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released safety assessment report on the mixture of methyl-branched and linear C14–C18 alkanamides. The CEF Panel that the substance is not of safety concern for consumers if it is used in the manufacture of polyolefin articles intended for contact with all foodstuffs other than fatty foods and the migration does not exceed 5 mg/kg food. The 5 mg/kg food migration should not apply to n-stearamide.
Other
Export to China? Regulatory compliance always comes first!
Do you export or intend to export your products to China? It is seen to all that great numbers of businesses are exporting their products to China as they see the growing purchasing capability and huge market potential in recent years. However, China strengthens its quality surveillance on its market in pursuit of quality and safe products. Random inspections are common to ensure China regulatory compliance. The inspections usually take place at entry banks, circulation fields and manufacturing companies when competent authorities take potential hazards into consideration.
Chinese standards on electrical self-balancing scooters are on the way
Electrical self-balancing scooters enjoy growing popularity among customers, especially commuters. It is a fashion and also green way of lifestyle. However, frequent accidents give rise to a widely concern for such products. On 21 March 2017, two Chinese standards for electrical self-balancing scooters (“Safety requirements and test methods on electrical self-balancing scooters”, “General technical requirements on electrical self-balancing scooters”) were open for opinions. The consultation period ends on 20 Apr. 2017.
Administrative measures to control industrial goods for import & export since April
On 6 March 2016, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) released The Administrative Measures on Risk Management on Industrial Goods for Import & Export (“Measures”) that to apply on 1 April 2017. AQSIQ will make evaluations on the risks of products intended for import or export, and if necessary, will also take measures to re-dispatch, destroy, or recall products of high concern, or stop the intended import & export, sale or use of such products, or seal or detach such products in accordance with stipulations of laws and regulations.
Prop 65’s settlement agreement on BPA in polycarbonate cooking equipment
The first settlement agreement of California Proposition 65 has been reached on 9 Feb. 2017. The concentration of Bisphenol A (BPA) present in polycarbonate cooking equipment shall not be equaling to or more than 1,000ppm.
Recall Notifications
Overview of RAPEX notifications in February 2017
In accordance with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) and Regulation 765/2008, in February 2017 the European Commission validated 181 notifications on dangerous products and transmitted them to the Member States (EU Member States and EEA-EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Compared to the total number of notifications on dangerous products submitted during the month of February 2016 the number of notifications was 10% higher in February 2017.
Overview of RASFF FCM notifications in February 2017
The European Commission validated 243 RASFF notifications this month, including 214 notifications on food, accounting for 88.07%; 22 notifications on feed, accounting for 9.05%; 7 notifications on food contact materials (FCMs), accounting for 2.88%.
Overview of CPSC notifications on recalls in February 2017
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls 18 batches of products in February 2017. There are 11 batches of Chinese products, accounting for 61.11%.
Monthly overview report of AQSIQ notifications on imported goods in January 2017
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) validated notifications on 70 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 re-dispatched or destroyed instead according to laws.
Company Profile
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