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Eurofins | Newsflash - December 2018 | Textile & Leather

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

China

 

Eurofins-china-laboratories

Eurofins China laboratories expand their capabilities for China Market

Eurofins´ labs continue expanding their capabilities to offer a one-stop-service solution to their customers by recently including additional services to complement their offers for Consumer Products entering the Chinese Market.

The Eurofins laboratories located in Hangzhou and Shanghai are now CNAS and CMA accredited for more than 200 Chinese standards in order to ensure that our clients´ products addressed to the Chinese market are in full compliance with the applicable standards.

 

The families of products in the scope include:

  • Textiles and related
  • Food contact materials
  • Toys and children’s products
  • And others

The service portfolio covers:

  • Consultancy
  • Testing
  • Certification
  • Packaging and Labelling Check

Should you have any question, please feel free to contact with GB-Testing-CN@eurofins.com.

 

 

Europe

 

Explanatory guide on Regulation (EU) 1513/201

 

Last month, we already informed about the publication of Regulation (EU) 1513/2018. It modifies Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 by including a new entry (Entry 72) that apply  to textile products and all products that under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use come into contact with human skin to an extent similar to clothing.

According to this scope definition, this means that textile toys such as Plush toys, Stuffed and Textile toys/dolls that, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use can be in contact with the skin of children to an extent similar to clothing (during play or even sleeping), are considered to be under the scope of this new regulation.

However, for these products, if any other legislation applicable to toys, such as the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, establishes lower limits for any of the substances covered in this restriction, those lower limits would apply.

The European Commission has published an explanatory guide on the restriction on CMRs 1A and 1B in textiles and clothing with the purpose of clarifying the scope of this regulation.

Click here for getting the guide from European Commission website.

 

 

Europe

 

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

Reference Title Date of Withdrawal (*)

EN ISO 15487:2018

Textiles - Method for assessing appearance of apparel and other textile end products after domestic washing and drying (ISO 15487:2018).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17705:2018

Footwear - Test methods for uppers, lining and insocks - Thermal insulation (ISO 17705:2003).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17706:2018

Footwear - Test methods for uppers - Tensile strength and elongation (ISO 17706:2003).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17696:2018

Footwear - Test methods for uppers, linings and insocks - Tear strength (ISO 17696:2004).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17702:2018

Footwear - Test methods for uppers - Water resistance (ISO 17702:2003).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17703:2018

Footwear - Test methods for uppers - High temperature behaviour (ISO 17703:2003).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 17709:2018

Footwear - Sampling location, preparation and duration of conditioning of samples and test pieces (ISO 17709:2004).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 18895:2018

Footwear - Test methods for shanks - Fatigue resistance (ISO 18895:2006).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 22653:2018

Footwear - Test methods for lining and insocks - Static friction (ISO 22653:2003).

2019-04-30

EN 14215:2018

Textile floor coverings - Classification of machine-made rugs and runners.

2019-04-30

EN 13832-1:2018

Footwear protecting against chemicals - Part 1: Terminology and test methods.

2019-04-30

EN 16523-1:2015+A1:2018

Determination of material resistance to permeation by chemicals - Part 1: Permeation by potentially hazardous liquid chemicals under conditions of continuous contact.

2019-04-30

EN ISO 11393-1:2018

Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws - Part 1: Test rig for testing resistance to cutting by a chainsaw (ISO 11393-1:2018).

2019-04-30

EN ISO 11393-3:2018

Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws - Part 3: Test methods for footwear (ISO 11393-3:2018).

2019-04-30

 

 

Turkey

 

Wool-woven-fabrics

New draft standard for textile-wool woven fabrics

On 15th November 2018, the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology notified the “Communiqué on TS 2793 Textile-Wool Woven Fabrics for Apparel Use” to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This standard covers the sample description, characteristics, sampling, inspection and tests, placing on the market procedures of textile -wool woven fabrics used for apparel. This standard does not apply to fabrics used in clothing accessories (necktie etc.) and fabrics for decoration (upholstery, drapery, drape etc.)

Click here for getting the notification published in the European Commission website with reference G/TBT/N/TUR/133.

 

US

 

Standards updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:

Reference Title

ASTM D5052 - 18

Standard Test Method for Permeability of Leather to Water Vapor

 

Canada

 

Cotton-recycled

Exemption of recycled down and other feather products as stuffing

On 25th September 2018, the exemption of Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation 218/01 was published by Minister of Government and Consumer Services (Ontario). This exemption allows the use of recycled down and other feather products that the regulation 2018/01 did not previously allow.

This exemption is effective from 25th September 2018.

Click here for getting the official publication.

 

 

Canada

 

Carcinogenicity potential from 7 colorant ingredients

 

On 3rd November, the Government of Canada published a draft screening assessment of seven Anthraquinones substances with carcinogenicity potential.
 
Theses 7 substances are:
 

  • Solvent violet 13
  • Pigment blue 60
  • Solvent violet 59
  • Solvent blue 36
  • Disperse red 60
  • Acid blue 239
  • "9,10-Anthracenedione, 1,4-diamino-, N,N'-mixed 2-ethylhexyl", including methyl- and pentyl- derivatives

 
Click here for getting the Draft screening assessment Anthraquinones group.

 

 

Product recalls/Alerts

 

Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”).

Europe

RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).

The following 15 alerts regarding textile & leather products have been reported, from week 43 until week 46.

 

Type of Risk Number of alerts Notes

Chemical

3

Chromium (VI)

Choking

1

Children’s clothing – Chocking hazard mainly due to small parts being detached from the article

Strangulation

11

Children’s clothing – Risk of strangulation due to cords and drawstrings not complying with applicable standard.

 

US

 

CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls: 1 recall regarding textile & leather products.

 

Type of Risk Number of alerts Notes

Chemical

1

Girl’s clothing sets with pendant necklace
The metal pendant on the necklace contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban.

 

 

Chem-MAP

 

Chem-MAP Chemical
Verification Systems

ZDHC Approved Chemical Verification Systems for the Textile and Leather Supply Chain

 

The responsible management of chemical inputs into consumer product supply chains is a key priority for many brands and retailers. There are many advantages to controlling input chemistry, yet, global supply chains are often complex with multiple tiers of stakeholders and positive change requires action from the entire value chain.

The Chem-MAP family developed by Eurofins | BLC, consists of c-MAP, b-MAP and m-MAP. These products provide specific chemical management services for the entire supply chain, from chemical supplier through manufacturing facility to brands and retailers, supporting best practice in terms of end to end supply chain chemical management systems.

Visit the Chem-MAP Site to Find Out More About How Chem-MAP Works here.