Consumer Products Insight Bulletins

As part of our commitment to support and add value to our customers, Intertek regularly publishes and distributes important information about the consumer products industry in the form of our Insight (formerly known as Sparkle) technical bulletins. Insight provides updates on quality and safety requirements of consumer products for each and every country across the globe. Each Insight includes a detailed synopsis on continually changing standards and how they affect your business, to supply you with the knowledge and potential solutions to stay competitive in today's global marketplace.

 

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2019
Vol. 1081 | 15 May 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in April 2019

In April, the Xinjiang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and More…

Canada – Corded Window Coverings Regulations SOR/2019-97 Approved
Vol. 1080 | 07 May 2019

Canada – Corded Window Coverings Regulations SOR/2019-97 Approved

Health Canada has approved Corded Window Coverings (CWCs) Regulations SOR/2019-97, which will enter into force on May 1, 2021. This also repeals the current Corded Window Covering Products Regulation (CWCPR) SOR/2016-172. Corded windows coverings must meet the physical, chemical and More…

EU – Updated Version of EN 71-3:2019 Published
Vol. 1079 | 06 May 2019

EU – Updated Version of EN 71-3:2019 Published

Although EN 71-3 was only amended less than a year ago and EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018 became the harmonised standard in February this year, a new version of the standard has recently been published. However, the reference to this new standard has not yet been More…

UK – Proposed British Standard for Footwear Sizing Available for Public Consultation
Vol. 1078 | 02 May 2019

UK – Proposed British Standard for Footwear Sizing Available for Public Consultation

A proposal for a new British Standard for a UK footwear size marking system was published on the 18th April 2019, for consultation by footwear industry stakeholders and members of the public, with the option to vote to approve it as a necessary standard. More…

U.S. – March 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1077 | 30 April 2019

U.S. – March 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest. More…

U.S. – CPSC Request for Information about Possible Exemption of Spandex from the Testing Requirements of 16 CFR 1610 – the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles
Vol. 1076 | 24 April 2019

U.S. – CPSC Request for Information about Possible Exemption of Spandex from the Testing Requirements of 16 CFR 1610 – the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting information for possible exemption of spandex from the testing requirements of the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles – 16 CFR 1610. More…

Australia – Announces Repeal of Consolidated Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019
Vol. 1075 | 17 April 2019

Australia – Announces Repeal of Consolidated Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019

The Australia Government has repealed the previously announced Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019, effective 10 April 2019. The Government has instead issued a compilation of the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018, which More…

Australia – Safety Warning Notice for Button Batteries Published
Vol. 1074 | 15 April 2019

Australia – Safety Warning Notice for Button Batteries Published

On 29 March, 2019, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) published a safety warning notice to communicate the possible risks involved with button batteries and their use in products. There are constantly product recalls for products containing button batteries More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2019
Vol. 1073 | 11 April 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in March 2019

In March, the Zhejiang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019
Vol. 1072 | 10 April 2019

Australia – Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019

The Australia Government has published Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019, which amends the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018. The Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018 shall be effective until 16 July 2021. A self-balancing scooter shall comply More…

Hong Kong – Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424) Updated
Vol. 1071 | 08 April 2019

Hong Kong – Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424) Updated

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) of Hong Kong has updated the versions of some of the safety standards for toys and children’s products listed in Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424). It will be effective from 1 October 2019. More…

Korea – Amendments Approved to Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages
Vol. 1070 | 08 April 2019

Korea – Amendments Approved to Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages

The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has issued Notice No. 2019-2 to approve the amendments to the Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages. The highlights of the amendments are listed below More…

U.S. – Maine Proposes Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products
Vol. 1069 | 05 April 2019

U.S. – Maine Proposes Reporting Rule for PFOS in Certain Children’s Products

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has proposed to designate perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as priority chemicals under its Safer Chemicals in Children's Products rules. More…

U.S. – February 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1068 | 03 April 2019

U.S. – February 2019 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General's office... More…

France – Update Published to Decree No. 91-1292 on Safety of Child Care Articles
Vol. 1067 | 27 March 2019

France – Update Published to Decree No. 91-1292 on Safety of Child Care Articles

The Ministry of Economy and Finance of France has published a notice updating the list of reference standards for child care articles for the Regulation “Decree 91-1292.” The following standards are newly added: More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019 Approved
Vol. 1066 | 22 March 2019

Australia – Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019 Approved

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019. This safety standard set out specified requirements for disposable cigarette lighters and will be effective on 13 February 2019. The previous safety regulation Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Regulations More…

U.S. – CPSC Requires Clothing Storage Units to Comply with ASTM F2057
Vol. 1065 | 15 March 2019

U.S. – CPSC Requires Clothing Storage Units to Comply with ASTM F2057

On February 27, 2019, Acting U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Buerkle spoke at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Annual Training & Symposium informing that effective immediately clothing storage units not meeting the requirements in ASTM F2057-17 will More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019
Vol. 1064 | 14 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in February 2019

In February, the Shanxi AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22797 “Sheet” and GB/T 22844-2009 “Matched bedding.” More…

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE
Vol. 1063 | 11 March 2019

EU – Guidance on Requirements for UV Protective Clothing Category 1 PPE

UV Protective clothing is considered as Category 1 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under the scope of the EU Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment 2016/425. This requires that the manufacturer or EU distributor should prepare a technical file, which should contain More…

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides
Vol. 1062 | 07 March 2019

U.S. – FTC Seeks Public Comments on whether to Repeal, Amend or Retain Leather Guides

As part of the systemic review of all the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comments on whether to repeal, amend or retain the Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products, 16 CFR 24 (Leather Guides). More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019
Vol. 1061 | 07 March 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2019

In January, the Jiangsu AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” GB/T 22796-2009 “Quilts and quilt cover,” More…

U.S. – ANSI/ BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units Standard Updated
Vol. 1060 | 04 March 2019

U.S. – ANSI/ BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units Standard Updated

On February 1, 2019, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) released a new version of the industry standard for storage units, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9-2019. The following are the revisions to the amendment as compared to ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9-2012 version: More…

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I
Vol. 1059 | 01 March 2019

EU – PPE Update: Sun-safe Clothing now Classified as PPE Category I

Clothing designed and marketed as offering solar ultraviolet (UV) protection could be tested according to a variety of existing UV transmission test methods. This type of clothing previously wasn’t mentioned under the PPE directive 89/686/EEC. The new European PPE Regulation 2016/425 was listed in More…

Australia – Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019 Approved
Vol. 1058 | 22 February 2019

Australia – Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019 Approved

The Commonwealth of Australia has published Consumer Goods (Prams and Strollers) Amendment Safety Standard 2019. The amendment entered into force on 14 February 2019. This safety standard amends the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Prams and Strollers (Consumer Protection Notice No. 8 of 2007) More…

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing
Vol. 1057 | 19 February 2019

U.S. – CPSC Saferproducts.gov Database: Request for Comment and Public Hearing

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering improvements to www.SaferProducts.gov, the organization’s publicly available consumer product safety information database, to make the portal easier to understand, navigate, and interact with, as well as more useful for submitting and obtaining desired information. More…

U.S. – Vermont Proposes Amendments to the Children’s Products Reporting Rule
Vol. 1056 | 06 February 2019

U.S. – Vermont Proposes Amendments to the Children’s Products Reporting Rule

The Vermont Department of Health has proposed various amendments to the Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule to better align this rule with the other state reporting rules such as those for Washington and Oregon. Under this rule, “child” or “children” means an individual or More…

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Tents Regulations and Consequently to the Toys Regulations
Vol. 1055 | 05 February 2019

Canada Proposes Amendments to the Tents Regulations and Consequently to the Toys Regulations

On January 22, 2019 Health Canada published a notice proposing amendments to the Tents Regulations, SOR/2016-185, to replace the flammability and labeling requirements. Consequently, the notice also proposes removing indoor play tents from the scope of the Tents Regulations and bringing them within the Toys Regulations, but More…

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation
Vol. 1054 | 29 January 2019

Canada – Manitoba Revokes Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation

On January 24, 2019, the Government of Manitoba announced the repeal of the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, 78/2004. The regulation will be revoked effective January 1, 2020. Due to the revocation of this regulation, starting January 1, 2020, upholstered and stuffed articles offered More…

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018
Vol. 1053 | 24 January 2019

Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2018

In December, the Beijing AMR and Zhejiang AMR announced the results of the special product quality supervision for bedding articles. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 “National general safety technical code for textile products,” GB/T 29862-2013 “Textiles – Identification of fiber content,” More…

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List
Vol. 1052 | 16 January 2019

EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 6 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. Four of the substances in list are polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which may be used in polymer production. More…