In August 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health issued an educational handout to raise consumers’ awareness of children’s personal care products that contain formaldehyde.View Story Read More
The use of formaldehyde has been prohibited in children’s products since 2013. The Minnesota Department of Health published an educational handout to educate consumers on the possible health hazards that may be posed when using children’s creams, lotions, and similar personal care products that contain high levels of formaldehyde.
In the educational handout, the below possible health hazards have been identified.
On July 14, 2018, the Oregon Health Authority proposed to amend Toxic Free Kids Act by updating the list of high priority chemicals of concern (HPCC) for children’s products and the notification requirement.View Story Read More
According to the proposed amendment, the list of HPCC is updated to include 5 new chemicals while removing 3 existing chemicals simultaneously. The list of HPCC will contain 68 chemicals in total once the amendment is approved.
5 new chemicals to be included
|Chemical Name||CAS Number|
|Short-chain chlorinated paraffins||85535-84-8|
3 previous chemicals to be removed
|Chemical Name||CAS Number|
|Molybdenum and molybdenum compounds||7439-98-7|
Furthermore, the proposed amendment intended to clarify the notification requirements as below:
On August 10, 2018, the Mayor of San Francisco approved Ordinance 201-18 in amending the existing Environmental Code on Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance, and became the first city in the US to prohibit perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in single-use food service ware used for prepared, takeout and leftover food.View Story Read More
PFAS are synthetic chemicals commonly used in single-use service ware products to repel water and grease. They are extremely persistent in the environment and believed to pose adverse health effects to people.
“Food service ware” is defined as any food contact products designed for a single use for prepared foods, such as food containers, utensils, napkins and other similar items. “Food service ware accessories” are also mentioned and covered under the “Food service ware” category for all types of single-use items usually provided alongside prepared food for single usage, such as condiment packets, chopsticks, cup sleeves, stirrers and toothpicks. Items made of completely of aluminum or polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests are not included in the scope of this change.
Starting from January 1, 2020, restaurants, food retailers and vendors in San Francisco are not allowed to use single use food services wares containing PFAS.
On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued an informational letter related to possible safety hazards of teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age. Manufacturers, importers and retailers of teething necklaces are responsible for properly addressing the safety concerns and ensuring their products comply with the requirements in the letter.View Story Read More
Health Canada has identified strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards as posed by teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child.
Therefore, by considering current international safety standards and available Canadian regulations, four requirements have been published to determine the safety of teething necklaces.
|Strangulation||1. ASTM F2923-14 Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry Section 13.1 - Breakaway Tension Test (apply a 22.2 N force instead of the 66.6 N (15 lb) force)
2. ASTM F963-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety Section 18.104.22.168 - Cords, Straps, and Elastics Containing a Breakaway Feature
|Choking and Aspiration||3. Toys Regulations1 (SOR/2011-17) Section 7 - Small parts|
|Labelling||4. The following warning or its equivalent must appear on the product or its packaging in English and French:
WARNING! Strangulation hazard. Adult supervision required at all times. Always remove for sleep.
MISE EN GARDE! Risque d’étranglement. La supervision d’un adulte est requise en tout temps. Toujours retirer pour dormir.
An evaluation of teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age from the local market is scheduled by Health Canada. Importers, manufacturers or retailers of such products are required to ensure their products meet the performance criteria listed above. Failure to demonstrate compliance may lead to further enforcement, including seizure, orders to take corrective action, a mandatory recall of products, administrative monetary penalties and criminal prosecution.
On August 10, 2018, the European Union published Commission Communication C2018 282/02 in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The journal lists the updated new harmonised standard under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.View Story Read More
The 5 harmonised standards are summarized below:
|Standard (Updated)||Standard (Superseded)||Titles|
|EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018||EN 71-1:2014||Safety of toys — Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties|
|EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018||EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014||Safety of toys — Part 3: Migration of certain elements|
|EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018||EN 71-7:2014||Safety of toys — Part 7: Finger paints — Requirements and test methods|
|EN 71-8:2018||EN 71-8:2011||Safety of toys — Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use|
|EN 71-14:2014+A1:2017||EN 71-14:2014||Safety of toys — Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use|
Starting March 1, 2019, the updated standards are required to show conformity to the toy safety directive.
In Australia, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Product Safety Australia, which is updated daily. The Australia recalls from February to July 2018 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Electric Shock Hazard||5|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||27|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other Electronics & Accessories||11|
|Home Electrical Appliances (Hair Dryer, Iron, etc.)||5|
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On July 24, 2018, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea issued Notice 2018-151 in amending Safety Standards for Children’s Products Subject to Safety Confirmation. The amendment relates to heavy metals.View Story Read More
In South Korea, children’s products are defined as a product or its component that are intended to be used by children under 13 years of age. According to the Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products, children’s products shall be tested and certified before entering the market.
In the latest amendment, 8 new heavy metals are introduced with the existing 11 heavy metals in the Harmful Substance Release requirement. A list of the new regulated heavy metals is shown as below.
This amendment will come into force on February 1, 2019 and a transition period is in place until February, 1 2022.
On September 2, 2018, conformity assessment bodies were informed by SASO that the implementation of phase 2 of the SASO Degradable Plastic Products Regulation has been postponed until February 1, 2019.View Story Read More
SASO Technical Regulation M.A-156-16-03-03 aims at determining the specific environmental requirements of certain degradable plastic products and requiring affixation of the SASO degradable logo on licensed products.
Plastic products under phase 2 include the following:
The summary of the change in the implementation schedule is as follows:
|Phase||Origin implementation date||New implementation date|
|Phase 1||April 14, 2017||(no change)|
|Phase 2||February 1, 2018||February 1, 2019|
|Phase 3||August 1, 2019||(no change)|
On July 20, 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published Notification (G/TBT/N/SAU/1078) regarding the draft Technical Regulation for the General Safety of Electric Batteries by Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).View Story Read More
The draft Technical Regulation applies to all batteries and accumulators regardless of size, weight and components. Batteries used in military, national defense, and space equipment are excluded from the scope of the regulation.
The draft set forth provisions for the following:
|General batteries, either independent or built into device or into vehicle||Button cell batteries used in alarm systems, medical devices and wireless equipment|
|Mercury||0.0005% by weight||2% by weight|
|Cadmium||0.002% by weight||0.002% by weight|
Upon approval, the requirement will be adopted and enter into force 1 year from the date of publication in the KSA official gazette.
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