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Consumer Products | Monthly bulletin | January 2020

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Eurofins newsflash Consumer Products

 

Europe

 

Hazardous substances in articles database

 

In 2021, all companies (EU producers, assemblers, importers, distributors, etc …) who are placing products on the EU market need to provide information to Substance of Concern in Products (SCIP) database about any hazardous substances. The database has been created by European Chemical Agency (ECHA) with the sole purpose of gathering information that is necessary for achieving the objectives of the Waste Framework Directive - Article 9 in accordance with the European Chemicals Agency (REACH) Regulation - Article 33.

 

For more information about SCIP workshop, please click here.

 

Standards updates

 

See below a table summarising recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal (non-exhaustive):

 

(*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn.

 

Reference

Title

Date of Withdrawal (*)

Supersedes

EN 15494:2019

Candles - Product safety labels

2020-05-31

EN 15494:2007

EN ISO 24550:2019

Ergonomics - Accessible design - Indicator lights on consumer products (ISO 24550:2019)

2020-05-31

EN ISO 24500:2010

EN ISO 24551:2019

Ergonomics - Accessible design - Spoken instructions of consumer products (ISO 24551:2019)

2020-05-31

EN ISO 24500:2010

EN ISO 8504-1:2019

Preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products - Surface preparation methods - Part 1: General principles (ISO 8504-1:2019)

2020-05-31

EN ISO 8504-1:2001

EN ISO 8504-2:2019

Preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products - Surface preparation methods - Part 2: Abrasive blast-cleaning (ISO 8504-2:2019)

2020-05-31

EN ISO 8504-2:2001

 

Regulatory updates

 

Please find below a table summarising recent regulation proposals notified to the European Commission (Non-exhaustive):

 

Notification number

Countries

Title

 2019/9019/N

 Norway

Draft regulations relating to tobacco and nicotine products, electronic cigarettes and refill containers

 

Norway has not yet implemented the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (the TPD), but Norway is currently working on finalizing the regulations connected to the implementation of the TPD, and hereby notifies the regulations that go beyond the TPD

2019/627/S

Sweden

Act (2020:000) on tax on plastic carrier bags

 

Introduction of an excess tax on plastic carrier bags. This tax covers plastic carrier bags, with or without handles, intended to be provided to consumers so that they can pack goods at a location where goods are supplied or carry goods therefrom, and which are not intended for long-term use

 

France

 

Update of standards for ladders

 

On 10th November 2019, the notice JORF nº 0262 was published in the French Official Journal. Its aim is to update the standards for ladders of Decree nº 96-333 of 10th April, 1996.

 

The updated standards are:

 

Appendix I - Standards mentioned in 1o of article 3 of decree no 96-333.

 

Standard Index

Tittle of the Standard

NF EN 131-1 + A1 (September 2019)

Ladders - Part 1: Terminology, types, functional dimensions

NF EN 131-2 + A2 (March 2017)

Ladders - Part 2: Requirements, tests, marking

NF EN 131-4 (August 2007)

Ladders - Part 4: Hinged ladders with single or multiple articulation

NF EN 131-6 (February 2019)

Ladders - Part 6: Telescopic ladders

NF EN 14183 (June 2004)

Stepladders

 

Appendix II - Standards for meeting 3 of article 4 of decree no 96-333.

 

Standard Index

Tittle of the Standard

NF EN 131-3 (January 2018)

Ladders - Part 3: Marking and instructions for the user

NF EN 131-4 (August 2007)

Ladders - Part 4: Hinged ladders with single or multiple articulation

NF EN 131-6 (February 2019)

Ladders - Part 6: Telescopic ladders

NF EN 14183 (June 2004)

Stepladders

 

US

 

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (December, 2019)

 

California Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, which has been effective for almost 30 years. Due to the implement of California Proposition 65, more and more court cases are settled to reduce the exposure of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals by reformulating the consumer products containing such chemicals.

 

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, the highlights of the consent agreement are summarized as below:

 

Product

Chemical

Limit

Case No

Bath Tissue/Toilet Paper

PCBs

ND

Out of court