Under section 104(b)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the CPSC adopts a mandatory rule for infant swings, codified in 16 CFR 1223. This rule updates the mandatory standard for infant swings to incorporate by reference ASTM F2088-20. The final rule is effective on April 3, 2021.View Story Read More
The consumer safety specification ASTM F2088 establishes safety performance requirements, test methods, and labelling requirements to minimize the risk of injuries to infants resulting from normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse or abuse of infant swings.
Key updates of ASTM F2088-20:
|Always secure infant in the restraint system provided
|ALWAYS use restraints. Adjust to fit snugly
|Never leave infant unattended in swing
|Stay near and watch infant during use
On January 1, 2021, the Massachusetts legislature passed bill H4900 to ban 11 flame retardants in certain consumer goods, effective from December 31, 2021.View Story Read More
The sale or manufacture of bedding, carpeting, children's products, residential upholstered furniture and window treatments containing more than 1,000 ppm each of the following flame retardants (FR) in any component part of the covered product will be banned.
It is notable that a manufacturer of a covered product needs to inform retailers and other persons who sell the FR-containing products on or before July 1, 2021.
|Flame Retardant (FR)
|≤ 1,000 ppm
|December 31, 2021
In the US, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recent Recalls on the CPSC website, which is updated daily. The US recalls from September 17, 2020 to February 9, 2021 are summarized below:View Story Read More
*Other Hazards include Crash Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Laceration Hazard, Electric Shock Hazard, Explosion Hazard and Poisoning Hazard with a frequency of less than 6.
|Sporting Goods / Equipment
|Home Electrical Appliances
|Tools and Hardware
|Toys and Childcare Articles
*Other Categories include Bodycare / Cosmetics, Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories, Candles & Burning Items and Accessories, Chemicals, Food Contact Materials, Footwear, Kitchenware and Personal Protective Equipment with a frequency of less than 5.
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On November 24,2020, Australia published the new legislative instrument, Consumer Good (Cosmetics) Information Standard 2020. The new standard includes the definition of hand sanitizer and the new additional requirements for hand sanitizers. The standard is effective from May 24, 2021.View Story Read More
The new standard includes the amendments as noted below:
Additional requirement for hand sanitizer
For hand sanitizer that contains alcohol as the primary active ingredient:
The following warnings must be shown on the container (as the words set out below, or as other words, or pictograms, that could reasonably be regarded as having the same meaning):
The new standard repeals the existing standard - Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991.
A transition period given to cosmetic products manufactured before the end of 180 days after the commencement of this instrument must comply with either the new standard or the existing standard, and from May 24, 2021, all cosmetic products must comply with the new standard for Australia market.
A new version of EN 71-4 was published in December 2020 and shall be given status of national standard by June 2021. The conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by December 2021. It is expected to be harmonized under the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) 2009/48/EC upon official acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).View Story Read More
EN 71-4:2020 is a revision of EN 71-4:2013 specifying the requirements for the maximum amount of certain substances and mixtures used in experimental sets for chemistry and related activities including crystal growing sets, carbon dioxide generating experimental sets and supplementary sets. The standard defines experimental sets as chemical toys where the experimental and explorative character in playing with single chemical substances and mixtures dominates over the creative ideas of the user.
The 2020 version has brought in several changes when compared to the 2013 version. The key changes are mainly for clarification on scope, permissible inclusion of non-hazardous food additives, maximum amounts and concentrations for defined substances and requirement for eye protection. The detailed significant changes are summarized in Table 1. Although EN 71-4:2013 currently is still the harmonized standard under the TSD and the designated standard under the UK Toy Safety Regulations, stakeholders and manufacturers of toys should take the new requirements into account when reviewing and designing their products.
Table 1 Significant modification of EN 71-4:2020
|Clause 1 Scope
|It has been clarified that the standard does not apply to combined sets, e.g., a combination of a chemistry set and a crystal growing set.
|Clause 4 Chemical substances in experimental sets
|Chemistry sets may now be supplied with food additives and their mixtures according to Regulation (EC) 1333/2008, if pure food additives are not classified as hazardous substances or mixtures are not classified as hazardous mixtures.
|Table 1-5 in Clause 4
|Tables 1 to 5 have been revised regarding GHS pictograms and signal words.
|Clause 5.2.4 Packaging and closures
|The requirements on closures for child-resistant containers have been revised by permitting only closures in compliance with EN ISO 8317:2015.
|Clause 5.5 Eye protection
|Eye protection now must be provided for carbon dioxide generating experimental sets containing substances which are required to be marked with the GHS pictogram GHS05 according to Table 5 in Clause 4 (Maximum amounts of chemical substances for carbon dioxide generating experimental sets and labelling).
|Clause 6.3 Marking of the primary packaging
|The requirements on marking of the primary packaging have been revised.
|Clause 8.3 Safety rules
|The safety rule “Always wear eye protection” has been added in 8.3.3 for carbon dioxide generating experimental sets which contain substances which are required to be marked with GHS pictogram GHS05 according to Table 5 in Clause 4 (Maximum amounts of chemical substances for carbon dioxide generating experimental sets and labelling).
|Annex A to EN 71-4:2013 - Test methods for closures of reagent containers
|The former Annex A has been deleted.
|Annex A Rationale
|With deletion of Annex A in the former version, the current Annex A is replaced by the former Annex B. The content is also broadened to include the rationales for “Combined sets”, “Use of substances/mixtures not provided with a chemistry set” and “Markings, labelling and warnings”.
NOTE: This table is not an exhaustive list of all modifications from the previous version, but a highlight of significant changes.
On January 25, 2021, the European Commission approved Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/57 which amends entry 63 (lead and its components) of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Effective dates relative to the amendment are outlined below.View Story Read More
This amendment introduces new restrictions for lead contained in gunshot in or around wetlands:
Discharging gunshot containing a concentration of lead (expressed as metal) equal to or greater than 1 % by weight or carrying any such gunshot where this occurs while out wetland shooting or as part of going wetland shooting is prohibited in or within 100 meters of wetlands after February 15, 2023.
If at least 20 % in total of the territory, excluding the territorial waters, of a Member State are wetlands, that Member State may, in place of the restriction, prohibit the following acts throughout the whole of its territory from February 15, 2024.
Two Taiwan standards, CNS 15290 “Textile Safety Regulations (General Requirements)” and CNS 15291 “Safety of Children’s Clothing – Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing – Specifications” have been revised recently, and textiles and related goods must be in compliance with these standards on the market.
The new updates will be implemented from February 1, 2021.
Main changes include the following:
For more details, please refer to CNS Standards.
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