Standard & Regulation Updates

New Testing Standards to Apply Under China RoHS from 1 March 2024

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EU REACH – Commission Updates EN 1811:2023 as Harmonised Method

On 20 December 2023, the European Union (EU) published the official Journal C/2023/1604, officially adopting the EN 1811:2023 as the harmonized standard for nickel release testing. This adoption applies to entry 27 of Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006.

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The 30th SVHC Substances were Released and Candidate List of SVHC was Updated to 240 Entries

Helsinki, 23 January 2024 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added five new chemicals to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), becoming the 30th SVHC substances. The Candidate List of SVHC now contains 240 entries for chemicals.

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Japan Passed Restriction on PFHxS, to take effect 1 February 2024

The Ministries of Japan published Cabinet Order No. 343 of 2023, which amends the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacturer etc., on 1 December 2023. The proposed order restricts the utilization of PFHxS, its salts, and their isomers in the following products. This order will go into force on 1 February 2024.

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Revised Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963-23

On 13 October 2023, ASTM International has published a revised ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety ASTMF963-23 which will replace ASTM F963-17.

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US EPA Finalizes PFAS Reporting Rule Under the Toxic Substances Control Act

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its reporting and recordkeeping rule for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  

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ASTM Publishes Revised Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety –ASTM F963-23

On October 13, 2023, ASTM International published Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety ASTM F963-23. 

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REACH (Amendment) Regulations 2023

On July 19, 2023, the REACH (Amendment) Regulations 2023, SI 772 entered into force amend Article 41, which is regarding Compliance check of registrations, of the retained Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (the REACH regulation).

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European Union has issued the Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/1442 to amend Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011

European Union has issued the Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/1442 to amend Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 (on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food) on 12 July, 2023.

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Quality Testing of Adhesives 

Adhesive is a good adhesive properties of the supplies, often used in construction and decoration, woodworking and furniture, paper products, food packaging, industrial assembly, etc., covering many different industries and fields.

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ECHA adds 2 Hazardous Chemicals to Candidate List

14 June 2023 - ECHA has added two new chemicals to the Candidate List. One is toxic for reproduction and the other has very persistent and very bioaccumulative hazardous properties. 

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ECHA adds 9 Hazardous Chemicals to Candidate List

17 January 2023 - ECHA has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties. They are used for example in flame retardants, paints and coatings, inks and toners, coating products, plasticisers and in the manufacture of pulp and paper. 

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CPSC Approves New Magnet Safety Standard for Certain Non-Toy Products 16 CFR 1262

October 3, 2022 , The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously approved a final rule for the 16 CFR 1262 safety standard for magnets, including loose or separable magnets used in non-toy products, including those used for entertainment or stress relief, or jewelry. 

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ISO 8124-1:2022 Safety of toys — Part 1 has been published

ISO 8124-1:2022 revises the 2018 edition of the same standard for the safety of physical and mechanical properties of toys. It also incorporates the amendments made to the 2018 edition, ISO 8124-1:2018/Amd.1:2020 and ISO 8124-1:2018/Amd.2:2020.

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Children's Product Certificate (CPC) Testing Service for E-commerce platform Selling

Children's Product Certificate (CPC) is applicable to the consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. 

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The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 223 entries 

17 January 2022, ECHA published four new substances has been added to the Candidate List and now it contains 223 entries.

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Four Proposed SVHCs on Public Consultation

ECHA has published proposals to identify 4 substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for consultation on 03 Sep 2021.

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Eight New Substances Added to SVHCs Candidate List

On 8 Jul 2021, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added 8 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. Therefore, there are total 219 SVHCs in candidate list.

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出口日本食品用具和容器包装正面清单制度 (Chinese Version Only)

2020年4月28日厚生劳动省告示第195,196号发布,根据其《食品卫生法》等部分修订内容,日本食品接触产品的管理将引入正面清单制度,只允许将经过安全评估的物质用于食品器具、容器和包装。

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What is Nylon ?

Consumer Council has conducted tests on the nylon wok spatula on the market recently. The test results showed some products failed regulation standards in terms of impurity migration. Some products were even deformed after being heated. What kind of material is nylon? 

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如何选择合适的口罩及酒精洗手液?(Chinese Version Only)

为应对新型传染病的变化,有效的抗疫措施,个人防护和消毒用品是十分重要。

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SCIP - Database to Track Harmful Chemicals in Products 

Helsinki, 17 February 2020 – The prototype allows companies to get familiar with the database and test how to submit their SCIP notifications.

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FOUR New Substances Added to SVHCs Candidate List

On 16 Jan 2020, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added 4 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. Therefore, there are total 205 SVHCs in candidate list.

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China RoHS - Conformity Assessment for the Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products under “The Standard Management Catalogue” Officially Released

Suppliers of any electrical appliances and electronic products listed in "The Management measures of Limiting the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” (first batch) manufactured / imported after 1 November 2019 have the obligation to complete a conformity assessment.

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FOUR New Substances Added to SVHCs Candidate List

On 16 July 2019, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added 4 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. Therefore, there are total 201 SVHCs in candidate list.

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New Phthalate Restriction under REACH Annex XVII 

European Union has published commission regulation 2018/2005 to amend Annex XVII entry 51 by imposing an extra phthalate restriction (Diisobutyl phthalate). 

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THREE Proposed SVHCs on Public Consultation 

On 13 March 2019, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) published proposals to identify 3 substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and is now under public consultation which will be ended on 29 April 2019. 

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Six Substances Newly Added On SVHCs Candidate List

On 15 Jan 2019, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added 6 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. Therefore, there are total 197 SVHCs in candidate list.

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2019 REGULATION UPDATE SUMMARY

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European Union strengthen the Limitation of Chromium VI in Scraped-off Toy Materials

European Commission published a revised Toy Safety Directive (EU) 2018/725 related to adopt lower limit value for chromium VI in category III (scraped-off toy material) and the amendment will come to effective on 18 November 2019.

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NEW Warning Label Requirement under ST 2016 Standard

On 3 Oct 2018, Japan Toy Association issued an update on warning label requirement for ST2016 standard. The update is applicable to playdough which is made of wheat. 

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New EU Limits of Phenol in Toys

On 3 May 2017, European Commission (EC) newly added a migration limit as well as a content limit for phenol in specific toys by amending the Appendix C of Annex II, which lists requirements for toys used by children under 36 months or toys intended to be placed in the mouth, to Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC...

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New Restriction of 33 Chemicals on EU REACH Directive

In February 2018, the European Commission (EC) proposed to amend Annex XVII of REACH directive by adding new entry to restrict the presence of 33 chemicals in clothing, footwear and textile products...

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Canada launched new regulations for Children’s Jewellery & Consumer Products Containing Lead

Health Canada launched the Children’s Jewellery Regulations (SOR/2018-82) on 2 May 2018. It will repeal SOR/2016-168 and become effective on 2 November 2018...

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Revision of Japan Toy Safety Standard - ST 2016 (2nd Edition)

Description for the key changes in ST 2016 (2nd Edition)...

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10 SVHCs Newly Added On Candidate List 

On 27 Jun 2018, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added 8 new substances as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List while another 2 substances, TMA and DCHP, are identified as SVHCs due to respiratory sensitising properties and toxic for reproduction and endocrine-disrupting properties respectively...

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Updated Toy Standard ISO 8124-1:2018

ISO standard 8124-1 “Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties” has been updated and published in March 2018, so as to align with European EN71 and US ASTM F963 amendments...

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Total 174 SVHCs on Candidate List Now

On 10 July 2017, one new substance PFHxS was added as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and properties of BPA and 4 phthalates were updated...

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Important Note to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU

Starting from 13 June 2016, all European member states shall adopt the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) which replaces Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive 1999/5/EC and all radio equipment imported to EU shall comply the new RED from 13 June 2017. 

One important note has to be reminded is that some items which are not included in the scope of R&TTE directive are newly added to that of RED.

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Mandatory Survey for Your Canadian Clients

On January 14, 2017, the Government of Canada published a Notice under Section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999) and two mandatory surveys are required...

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New EU Standards for Aromatic Amines Determination from Azo Colorants 

A new 2017 version of European standard methods ENISO 14362:2017 part 1 and part 3 for determining the restricted aromatic amines derived from reductive cleavage of azo colorants in textiles was published...

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