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California Proposition 65 Reformulation of DEHP in Consumer Products
11. Dec 2017 Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
A number of Prop 65 settlements involving DEHP have been reached for a wide variety of products. The parties in these settlements agreed to reformulate DEHP to less than or equal to 0.1%. Some of the settlements also allow the use of a Prop 65 warning as an alternative.
Vietnam Issues New Regulations on Formaldehyde and Azo Dyes Requirements in Textile Products
08. Dec 2017 Softlines
New regulations in Vietnam on the requirements of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile products has been recently released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) on 23 October 2017. The new regulations were announced in Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT and will come into effect on 1 May 2018.
US CPSC to Accept ASTM F963-2017 as Mandatory Standard with Certain Conditions
07. Dec 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products
The US CPSC has recently published a direct final rule (DFR) mandating ASTM F963-2017 for toys with one exception. If no adverse comments are received, the new standard will become effective on February 28, 2018.
Interpretation on Updated Requirements in GB50016-2014 <Code for Fire Protection Design of Buildings>
05. Dec 2017 Labor Standards
GB50016-2014 < Code for fire protection design of buildings > came into force on May 1, 2015, with 12 sections and 3 appendices. As the law relates to the design of buildings, the impacts are now beginning to be felt in audits on new facilities designed since May 2015.
REACH - Enforcement Project to Improve Compliance with the Obligations of Substances in Articles
04. Dec 2017 Hardgoods, Electrical and Electronics
On November 2, 2017 ECHA presented a pilot project, which aims to determine the reasons and levels of non-compliance with the notification and communication obligations of substances in articles under REACH.
EU Introduces New Fire Safety Classifications for Electrical Cables Used in Construction
30. Nov 2017 Electrical and Electronics
European Regulation No. 305/2011, known as the Construction Product Regulation (CPR), became operational in 2016 with the aim of ensuring the provision of reliable performance information on construction products. This is achieved by providing a “common technical language" and offering uniform methods for assessing the performance of construction products.
Canada Implements MRLs for Spirotetramat in Crops
27. Nov 2017 Food
Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has notified the WTO that proposed Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for Spirotetramat in crops such as stone fruits, tree nuts, carrot roots, sugar beet roots and asparagus are to be implemented. Submitting comments from WTO members are due within 75 days of publication, November 2, 2017.