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EU Safety Gate RAPEX Annual Report 2020 Published
06. Apr 2021. Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
This annual report details notifications of dangerous non-food products from across the EU and summarizes the actions taken by the authorities.
EU Battery Regulation Proposal released to Replace the Battery Directive (2006/66/EC)
06. Apr 2021. Electrical and Electronics
The EU has released legislative proposals to create a legal framework on the sustainability, traceability and circularity of battery production throughout a product’s life cycle. The draft is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2022.
U.S. EPA Requests Comments for PBT Chemicals
29. Mar 2021. Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics
The U.S. EPA has published a notice to seek additional public comments on five final rules for five hazardous chemicals that were recently issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Comments will be accepted until May 17, 2021.
State of Oregon, USA, Revises Toxic-Free Kids Act
29. Mar 2021. Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The state of Oregon, USA, has published a Permanent Administrative Order to revise its Toxic-Free Kids Act. The latest revisions became effective on March 1, 2021.
ASTM Publishes New Safety Specification for Child Safety Locks and Latches for Use with Cabinet Doors and Drawers
25. Mar 2021. Toys and Juvenile Products
On February 11, 2021, ASTM published new Standard (ASTM F3492-21) a consumer safety specification that covers child safety locks and latches for use with cabinet doors and drawers.
Health Canada Revises Industry Guide for Food Contact Glazed Ceramics and Glassware
23. Mar 2021. Hardgoods, Food
Health Canada has revised its industry guide to the Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations (GCGR). The detailed guide provides illustrative examples of products that fall under the GCGR and design features or permanent warnings for products that are for ornamental use only.
Significant Changes to the Signage for Packaging and Recyclable Products
23. Mar 2021. Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household, Personal and Protective Equipment
As part of its anti-wastage and circular economy law (AGEC Law), the French government wishes to reform the multiple affixed logos on packaging and on products to simplify sorting habits. Primary changes include the removal of the ‘Green Dot’ (‘Le Point Vert’) and the harmonization of the ‘Triman’ and ‘Sorting Info’ (‘Info-Tri’).
South Korea Proposes to Strengthen Phthalates Under its Safety Standard for Children’s Products
23. Mar 2021. Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines
South Korea is consulting over its proposed revision to the Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products. The amendment is proposed to be adopted and enter into force in June 2021 or later.