SafeGuards – Regulatory Updates
SafeGuardS is our technical bulletin highlighting new product standards, regulations and test methods, written by SGS experts.
The complete library of technical bulletins is available here. You can search for specific topics or filter by market segment or region.
Subscribers receive weekly email alerts on new SafeGuardS. They also receive our Product Recalls publication twice per month, compiling consumer product recalls notified in the EU, US and Australia.
US CPSC Publishes Final Rule & Method for Labs to Comply with CPSIA Phthalates
Feb 06, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a new method for phthalates and a final rule to allow accredited laboratories two years to update their scope of accreditation. The final rule will become effective on April 25, 2018.
US CPSC Expands Exemption of Seven Plastics from Phthalates Testing in Toys & Childcare Articles
Feb 05, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food
The US CPSC has published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) to revise the exemption of seven types of plastic from third party testing for regulated phthalates in toys and childcare articles.
Europe Restricts the Use of D4 and D5 in Wash-off Cosmetic Products
Jan 25, 2018 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The European Commission has published Regulation (EC) 2018/35 to restrict the use of Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in “wash-off cosmetic products” as defined in Article 2(1)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.
China Issued a Notice to Include Playmats in the Scope of China Compulsory Certification
Jan 25, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products
On December 8, 2017 CNCA issued a notice (No. 41 of 2017) to include playmats in the scope of CCC. From December 1, 2018, only playmats with a CCC certificate can be imported, or placed on the Chinese market.
Canada Proposes Blanket Ban on Asbestos
Jan 25, 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical Medical Devices, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household, Electrical and Electronics
Canada has recently published two sets of proposed regulations on asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The prohibitions are expected to become effective in early 2019.
Singapore Strengthens Hazardous Chemical Controls
Jan 23, 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Food, Electrical and Electronics
Singapore has implemented measures to expand its list of controlled hazardous substances under the Environmental Protection and Management Act. The new amendments will become effective on June 30, 2018.
EU – ECHA Adds Seven New SVHCs to the Candidate List and Updates the BPA Entry
Jan 23, 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics
On January 15, 2018, ECHA added seven new SVHCs to the Candidate List that expands the total number to 181 entries. The BPA entry is also updated to include its endocrine disrupting properties for the environment.