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Maine, USA, Revises Proposal For Designating PFOS as a Priority Chemical For Reporting
Oct 22, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
The US state of Maine is reposting a revised proposal to designate PFOS as a priority chemical for reporting requirements. If approved, intentionally added PFOS is required to be reported within 180 days after the effective date of the final rule.
EU References EN 71-3:2019 for Presumption of Conformity with Toy Safety Directive
Oct 21, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products
The EU cites the EN 71-3:2019 standard for presumption of conformity with the Toy Safety Directive. The latest list of toy safety standards becomes effective on October 16, 2019.
EU Raises Restriction Proposal under REACH on Skin Sensitising Substances in Textile and Leather Articles
Oct 18, 2019 Softlines
The authorities of France and Sweden have jointly submitted a restriction proposal for skin sensitising substances under the European Chemicals Regulation (REACH), with the intent to restrict skin allergens in articles made of textiles, leather, fur and hides.
US CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Fibers from Testing
Oct 17, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products
The CPSC proposes to exempt several unfinished manufactured fibers in toys and childcare articles from undergoing third party testing. If approved, these will become effective 30 days after publication of the final rule.
Stakeholder Consultation on Four Substances Under EU RoHS 2
Oct 15, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical Medical Devices, Electrical and Electronics
The Oeko-Institut has launched a stakeholder consultation into four substances as part of its study to review and amend the EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) Annex II list of restricted substances.
Denmark to Prohibit PFAS Chemicals in Food Contact Paper and Paperboard
Oct 14, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
Denmark has completed a consultation on its draft Ordinance on, among other things, the prohibition of PFAS chemicals in food contact paper and paperboard materials and articles. The provisions are proposed to become effective on July 1, 2020.
Taiwan Releases Updated Safety Standard CNS 15291 for Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing
Oct 11, 2019 Softlines
The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) revised CNS 15291Safety of Children’s Clothing – Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing – Specifications on July 12th, 2019, with reference to the latest BS EN 14682:2014 standard.
EU Commission Publishes a Guidance Document on Soother Holders
Oct 08, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products
On September 23, 2019, the EU Commission published a guidance document to clarify when soother holders are double use products: intended to fasten the soother to a child’s garment and intended as a toy to play with.