On September 11, 2018, the Oregon Health Authority approved orders PH 252-2018 and PH 253-2018, to amend the Toxic Free Kids Rule by updating the list of High Priority Chemicals of Concern (HPCCCH) for children’s products and the notification requirement (See Regulatory Recap: September 2018).View Story Read More
According to the approved order, the list of HPCCCH is updated to include 5 new chemicals while removing 3 existing chemicals. The list of HPCCCH will contain 68 chemicals in total as of January 1, 2019.
5 new chemicals to be included
|Chemical Name||CAS Number|
|Short-chain chlorinated paraffins||85535-84-8|
|Chemical Name||CAS Number|
|Molybdenum and molybdenum compounds||7439-98-7|
Furthermore, the order also updated the notification requirements, which were effective as of October 1, 2018, as below:
On June 21, 2018, the Regulation to Adopt Standards and Process for Establishments to Apply for Petition, SFE-18-01-FR, was approved by the Director of the Department of the Environment (DoE). The regulation provides guidelines to the signed Ordinance, No. 211-17 regarding the prohibition of flame retardants in upholstered furniture and juvenile products (See Regulatory Recap: December 2017).View Story Read More
In the newly approved regulation, the below guidelines were provided for the ordinance:
On September 29, 2018, Assembly Bill, AB 2998, Bloom. Consumer Products: Flame Retardant Materials, was approved by the governor. The bill introduced a new article to Chapter 3 of Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code to prohibit flame retardants in juvenile products, mattresses, reupholstered furniture and upholstered furniture.View Story Read More
The requirements of the approved bill are summarized below:
The above prohibition does not apply to the following:
Covered flame retardant chemicals are defined by the below criteria:
The prohibition becomes effective January 1, 2020.
On September 24, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register 83 FR 48216 regarding the safety standard adoption for portable hook-on chairs. The rule amended 16 CFR 1233 to adopt the most recent version of the ASTM F1235-18 standard.View Story Read More
On July 19, 2018, ASTM officially notified the CPSC that it had published the updated ASTM F1235-18, which includes one safety related revision:
The rule will be effective January 15, 2019 unless significant adverse comments were received by October 24, 2018.
On October 3, 2018, Health Canada published a new playpen regulation SOR/2018-186 to strengthen the safety and performance requirements of playpens in Canada.View Story Read More
In 2017, Health Canada proposed a revision of the Playpen Regulation to address the safety concerns of playpens in the market. This revision intends to align the current Canada regulation for Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets (SOR/2016-152) and applicable US requirements (16 CFR 1221).
Under the new regulation, a playpen is defined as a stand-alone product providing an enclosed area with sides, at least one of which is made of textile or other pliable materials, that are attached to its floor. The playpen should not have any structural components that are inflatable, and it is intended for children with a height of 90 cm or less.
Below is a summary of the key revisions in the new Playpen regulation:
The new playpen regulation will be effective April 3, 2019 and the current Playpen Regulation, SOR/2016-189, will be repealed.
On October 10, 2018, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) published Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 to add Entry 72 Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Certain chemicals will be added in Annex XVII as restricted substances in textiles and footwear.View Story Read More
The following chemicals shall not be placed in clothing or related accessories, textiles products (defined as items that come into contact with skin to an extent similar to clothing) and footwear:
|Substances||CAS No.||Limit (mg/kg)|
|Cadmium and its compounds||-||1|
|Chromium VI compounds||-||1|
|Lead and its compounds||-||1|
|α, α,α,4-tetrachlorotoluene; pchlorobenzotrichloride||5216-25-1||1|
|α, α, α-trichlorotoluene; benzotrichloride||98-07-7||1|
|α-chlorotoluene; benzyl chloride||100-44-7||1|
300 (only for jackets, coats or upholstery from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2023)
|1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid; di-C 6-8-branched alkylesters, C 7-rich||71888-89-6||1000|
|Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPP)||131-18-0||1000|
|Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP)||84-75-3||1000|
|N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone; 1- methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)||872-50-4||3000|
|N, N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC)||127-19-5||3000|
|N,N-dimethylformamide; dimethyl formamide (DMF)||68-12-2||3000|
|1,4,5,8- tetraaminoanthraquinone; C.I. Disperse Blue 1||2475-45-8||50|
|Benzenamine, 4,4'-(4- iminocyclohexa-2,5- dienylidenemethylene)dianiline hydrochloride; C.I. Basic Red 9||569-61-9||50|
|[4-[4,4'- bis(dimethylamino)benzhydryli dene]cyclohexa-2,5-dien-1- ylidene]dimethylammonium chloride; C.I. Basic Violet 3 with ≥ 0,1 % of Michler's ketone (EC no. 202-027-5)||548-62-9||50|
|4-methoxy-m-phenylene diammonium sulphate; 2,4- diaminoanisole sulphate||39156-41-7||30|
The restriction does not apply to:
On August 24, 2018, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published the Technical Regulation of Textile Products (M.A. 164-18-05-02) in the official gazette.View Story Read More
The technical regulation aims to lay out the basic requirements for textile products and the conformity assessment procedures that suppliers must comply with when they aim to make their products available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia markets.
The following products, excluding products designed for medical purposes or health claims, are under the scope of the technical regulation:
All textile products under the scope of the technical regulation are required to comply with the applicable SASO, GSO, international or regional standards listed in annex 1. The technical regulation also sets out the required certification scheme for issuing a Certificate of Conformity depending on the type of products:
The technical regulation was released in the official gazette and will be enforced on February 24, 2019.
On October 3, 2018, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and American National Association of Electric Equipment Manufacturers (NEMA) signed a joint technical cooperation program regarding standards review and adoption.View Story Read More
The cooperation is based on the review of NEMA’s standard by SASO and its use, re-issuance and adoption. Information will also be exchanged on technical specifications and safety, especially on electrical and other products used in hazardous sites such as petrochemical and industrial sites.
On June 8, 2018, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published SASO 2902:2018, Standard for Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products Part 2, in the official gazette, and published a new version of SASO 2870, Standard for Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products Part 1.View Story Read More
Below is a table on products covered by SASO 2870 and SASO 2902
|Product||Luminous flux||SASO 2870:2018||SASO 2902:2018|
|Compact Florescent Lamps with Integrated Ballast (CFLi)||60-12000||x||--|
|LED lamps (Incandescent retrofit types)||60-12000||x||--|
|LED lamps (Halogen Retrofit type)||60-12000||x||--|
|Other LEDs not covered by SASO 2870||≥60||--||X|
|Compact Fluorescent Lamps without Integrated Ballast (CFLni)||≥60||--||X|
|Fluorescent Lamps (all types)||≥60||--||X|
|High Intensity Discharge Lamps, such as Mercury Vapor Lamps, High/Low Pressure Sodium Lamps, Quartz / Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps||≥60||--||X|
|Control Gears for products under the scope of the standard||-||--||X|
|Lighting Products with a non-replaceable light source||≥60||--||x|
In the two standards, the following requirements are covered:
Meanwhile, the only change in the new version of SASO 2870:2018 is the energy efficiency label being updated with a new design.
Currently, both SASO 2870:2018 and SASO 2902:2018 are voluntary, and SASO 2870:2015 is compulsory.
On September 16, 2018, the Saudi Arabia Minister of Commerce and Investment announced the confiscation of 30,000 used and expired tires for violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.View Story Read More
The confiscation is the result of an inspection campaign on auto tire shops and warehouses across all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, launched by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. 30,000 used and expired tires and related tools for the illegal acts were confiscated, and 25 warehouses, which were in violation, were being shut down.
Three items were being recalled by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce recently, 1) Samsung air conditioner unit, 2) Ikea Ceiling Lamps and 3) Motor Vehicles.View Story Read More
Details about the recall cases are as follows:
1. Samsung air conditioner unit
Model recalled: BORACAY (model number AR24MQFHRWKN) with serial number 0EZVPDBJ300001 to 0EZVPDCK100804
Reason for recall: Did not comply with the SASO standard and doesn’t meet the minimum energy efficiency requirement
2. Ikea ceiling lamps
Model recalled: CALYPSO with date stamps 1625 to 1744
Date of recall: September 26, 2018,
Reason for recall: Possibility of glass cover falling off the ceiling lamp
3. Motor Vehicles
Models recalled: YUKON, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, SILVERAD, ESCALADE, SIERRA of model year 2015
Reason for recall: Defect found in the electric power steering system, which may lead to difficulty in steering the vehicle
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