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Consumer Products | Monthly bulletin | November 2019

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Regulatory news




Update of harmonised standards list under General Product Safety 


On 10th October 2019, the European Commission published:


Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/1698 of 9 October 2019 on European standards for products drafted in support of Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety.


Which includes the official list of titles and references of published and withdrawn harmonized standards under General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC.


In this decision, Annex I includes the list of current harmonised standards under GPSD and Annex II includes the list of withdrawn standards.


Within this list of withdrawn standards, some of them (non-exhaustive):


  • EN 15649 series for floating leisure articles for use on and in the water
    • However, it is important to highlight that EN 71-1 on toy safety still contains a reference to EN 15649
  • EN 957 series (some parts) for Stationary training equipment (other parts still remain in the list of current harmonized standards)

Click here for getting the official publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.


Standards Updates


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(*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn.




Date of Withdrawal (*)


EN 927-3:2019

Paints and varnishes - Coating materials and coating systems for exterior wood - Part 3: Natural weathering test


EN 927-3:2012

EN 927-13:2019

Paints and varnishes - Coating materials and coating systems for exterior wood - Part 13: Assessment of resistance to impact of a coating on a wooden substrate


CEN/TS 16700:2014

EN ISO 2808:2019

Paints and varnishes - Determination of film thickness (ISO 2808:2019)


EN ISO 2808:2007

EN 12697-53:2019

Bituminous mixtures - Test methods - Part 53: Cohesion increase by spreadability-meter method



EN 12697-54:2019

Bituminous mixtures - Test methods - Part 54: Curing of specimen for test of mixtures with bitumen emulsion



EN 12697-55:2019

Bituminous mixtures - Test methods - Part 55: Organoleptic assessment of mixtures with bitumen emulsion



EN 12697-56:2019

Bituminous mixtures - Test methods - Part 56: Specimen preparation by static compaction



EN 13108-31:2019

Bituminous mixtures - Material specifications - Part 31: Asphalt Concrete with Bituminous Emulsion



EN 14257:2019

Adhesives - Wood adhesives - Determination of tensile strength of lap joints at elevated temperature (WATT '91)


EN 14257:2006

EN 14960-2:2019

Inflatable play equipment - Part 2: Additional safety requirements for inflatable bouncing pillows intended for permanent installation


EN 14960:2013

EN 16074:2019

Paints and varnishes - Determination of non-volatile-matter content and spreading rate of coil coating materials


EN 16074:2011


US | California


California Passes Metal-Containing Jewelry Law Amendment


On 27th September 2019, California’s governor signed SB 647 into law which revises California’s Metal-Containing Jewelry law with following main changes:


  • Adopting federal standards for lead content in children’s jewelry;
  • New definition of age limit for children’s jewelry to be similar (but not identical) to the Canadian Children’s Jewelry Regulations (SOR/2018-82);
  • Establishing soluble cadmium for surface coatings on children’s jewelry;
  • Strengthening the lead content limit for certain materials to align with those under entry 63 to Annex XVII of REACH in the European Union;
  • The three categories of materials, Classes 1, 2 and 3 have been deleted and the specifications for body piercing jewelry remain unchanged. 

This amendment will become operative on 1st June 2020.


For more details please click here.




Upcoming dates of application


As a reminder, below you will a summary of the standards and legislations that will start applying within the next six months:


  • Legislations:

Manufacturers and importers should carefully consider these coming dates of application and confirm that their products comply with these restrictions:


Brief description:


The provision of plastic carryout bags at any point of sale to customers is prohibited. This prohibition does not apply to:


  • A reusable bag that is not made of film plastic or a compostable bag;
  • A plastic bag used solely to contain or wrap uncooked meat, fish, or poultry;
  • A plastic bag used by a customer solely to package bulk items, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • A plastic bag used solely to contain food sliced to order;
  • A plastic bag used solely to contain a newspaper for delivery to a subscriber;
  • A plastic bags sold in bulk;
  • A plastic bag prepackaged for sale to a customer including, but not limited to, a trash bag and a food storage bag;
  • A plastic garment bag;
  • A plastic bag provided by a restaurant, tavern or similar establishment to carry out or deliver food; or
  • Any other bag exempted by the department in regulations

It will start applying on 1st March 2020.


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