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Eurofins | May 2019 regulatory Newsflash compilation | Consumer products

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Consumer Products

 

Europe

 

New requirements for detergents EU Ecolabel

 

On 15th March 2019, the European Commission published Decision (EU) 2019/418 of 13 March 2019 amending Decisions (EU) 2017/1214, (EU) 2017/1215, (EU) 2017/1216, (EU) 2017/1217, (EU) 2017 / 1218 and (EU) 2017/1219 (C (2019) 1851).

 

This text concerns the EU Ecolabel and defines the award criteria and related assessment and verification requirements for hand dishwashing detergents, industrial and community dishwashing detergents, dishwashing detergents, cleaning products, respectively for hard surfaces, textile detergents and textile detergents for industrial or community use.

 

No more single-use plastics in the oceans

 

On 27th March 2019, the European Parliament approved the ban of single-use plastics by 2021. The aim of this measure is to reduce the plastic marine litter.

 

The following products will be banned in the EU by 2021:

 

  • Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Plastic straws
  • Cotton bud sticks made of plastic
  • Plastic balloon sticks
  • Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups

Other requirements included in this ban, within others, are:

 

  • Increasing recycling targets and responsibility for producers.
  • Labelling plastic products indicating to consumers how to safely dispose such items after use and to avoid littering.
  • Ensuring that fishing gear and related components are safely disposed and not dumped into the sea.

For further information about this matter click here.

 

Belgium

 

Substitution of Bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal papers

 

On 26th March 2019,  a workshop about the substitution of Bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal papers took place in Belgium organized by the Belgian public authorities (Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy and FPS Health, food chain safety and environment), together with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

 

Alternatives to BPA were discussed during this workshop since, from 2nd January 2020, BPA will be banned in thermal papers. The Product Policy and Chemical Substances Division is currently completing the hazard assessment of bisphenol S (alternative to BPA) for human health. It has also committed to evaluate two other alternatives to bisphenol A in thermal papers in 2020 and 2021.

 

For more information click here.

 

Europe/International

 

Standards Updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal and/or availability (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 ISO 787-25:2019

General methods of test for pigments and extenders - Part 25: Comparison of the colour, in full-shade systems, of white, black and coloured pigments - Colorimetric method (ISO 787-25:2019). 2019-09-30 EN ISO 787-25:2006

EN ISO 787-14:2019

General methods of test for pigments and extenders - Part 14: Determination of resistivity of aqueous extract (ISO 787-14:2019).

2019-09-30

EN ISO 787-14:2002

EN ISO 787-9:2019

General methods of test for pigments and extenders - Part 9: Determination of pH value of an aqueous suspension (ISO 787-9:2019).

2019-09-30

EN ISO 787-9:1995

 

US

 

Clarifications for window covering standards

 

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) published clarification about the application of the ANSI/WCMA A 100.1-2018 standard. At the moment the WCMA is working to specify better the scope.

 

For more information click here.

 

US | California

 

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (April, 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 some recent consent agreements are summarized as below:

 

Product

Chemical

Limit

Case No

Napkin rings

Lead

90 ppm

1.0 ug

Warning label is not allowed

San Francisco Superior Court CGC-18-570910

Rulers and keyrings

Lead

90 ppm

1.0 ug

Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court

 

US | Maine

 

Proposal to designate PFOS as Priority Chemical in children’s products

 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has recently proposed a draft rule (“Chapter 890: designation of PFOS as priority chemical”). This chapter would designate perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (“PFOS”) as a priority chemical and would require reporting for certain children’s products containing PFOS.

 

No later than 180 days after the effective date of this chapter, or within 30 days of the sale of the children’s product within the State of Maine, manufacturers and distributors would be required to report to the Department if the regulated chemical is intentionally added to the following product categories and exceeds the practical quantification limit (PQL), pursuant to section 4(B) of this chapter with some exemptions:

 

  • Childcare article
  • Children’s clothing
  • Children’s footwear
  • Children’s sleepwear
  • Children’s toy
  • Cookware, tableware, reusable food and beverage containers
  • Cosmetics and personal care products
  • Craft supplies
  • Electronic device
  • Household furniture and furnishings

The following information would have to be reported to the Department:

 

  • Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor.
  • Name, address, and phone number of a contact person for the manufacturer or distributor.
  • A description of product that contain PFOS.
  • Amount of PFOS in each unit of the product reported.
  • Function of PFOS in the product reported.
  • Number of product units sold or distributed in Maine.
  • Any other relevant information.

Comments can be submitted by May 6, 2019. For more information, click here.

 

US | New Jersey

 

New Jersey Passes Asbestos Ban

 

On 25th March 2019, New Jersey passed Assembly Bill A4416 on a 76-0 vote to prohibit the sale, offering for sale, or distribution of products containing asbestos in this State. This ban would come into effect on the first day of the fourth month after the bill is enacted into law.

 

Asbestos have been widely used in building, friction, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings because of its fiber strength and heat resistance. While exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing harmful health effects such as lung cancer. Most of the uses of asbestos are currently banned by federal regulation.

 

Click here for more information.

 

US/Canada/Mexico

 

Collaboration to develop consensus recommendations to improve voluntary safety standards for chargers

 

Technical staff of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) have collaborated together to develop recommendations to improve the safety of chargers.

 

Specifically, they request that standards development organizations include, in applicable standards, their recommendations about test methods that they consider important to prevent hazards caused by USB chargers and alternating current (AC) chargers.

 

For more information click here.

 

Australia

 

Safety standards update for Self-balancing scooters

 

On 9th April 2019, the Australian Government registered the “Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Amendment Safety Standard 2019”.

 

Click here for getting the official publication from Federal Register of Legislation website.

 

Amendment for the importation and exportation of asbestos

 

On 25th March 2019, the Australian authorities registered the Customs Legislation Amendment (Asbestos) Regulations 2019 in the Federal Register of Legislation.

 

These regulations amend the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and Customs Regulation 2015, and have the effect of capturing automatically asbestiform varieties of asbestos banned under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, making the document production requirement process more efficient and flexible, and further deterring the unlawful exportation and importation of such goods.

 

Click here for getting the official publication.