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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Europe 

Proposal to Restrict C9-C14 Perfluorocarboxylic Acids (PFCAs), their Salts and Related Substances

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI ) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) a proposal to restrict C9-C14 PFCAs (PFNA, PFDA, PFUnDA, PFDoDA, PFTrDA, PFTeDA), their salts and precursors.
 
These substances, due to their repellent properties (water, grease, dirt), are used in many products such as food packaging, kitchenware, textiles, detergents and cosmetics. However, their hazard profile is well known and they are very likely to cause severe and irreversible adverse effects to the environment and to human health if their releases are not minimized
 
ECHA’s public consultation on Annex XV report started on 20 December 2017 and final deadline for comments on this restriction report will be 20 June 2018.


ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) are expected to start discussions on the proposal in March 2018.
 

Substance name

Acronym

CAS number

Perfluorononanoic acid

PFNA

375-95-1

Perfluorodecanoic acid

PFDA

335-76-2

Perfluoroundecanoic acid

PFUnDA

2058-94-8

Perfluorododecanoic acid

PFDoDA

307-55-1

Perfluorotridecanoic acid

PFTrDA

72629-94-8

Perfluorotetradecanoic acid

PFTeDA

376-06-7

 
Note:  The scope of this restriction proposal:

  • Shall not be manufactured, used or placed on the market
    • as substances,
    • as constituents of other substances,
    • in a mixture
  • Articles or any parts thereof containing one of the substances shall not be placed on the market.”


Click here to go to KEMI website.
Click here to go to ECHA website (Submitted restrictions under consideration)

 

Europe - Consumer Goods

Position of the European Parliament about Regulation Proposals

On December 2017, the position of the European Parliament regarding the following Regulation Proposals was published in the Official Journal of the European Union:

European Parliament legislative resolution of 15 April 2014 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of consumer products and repealing Council Directive 87/357/EEC and Directive 2001/95/EC (COM (2013)) ) 0078 - C7-0042 / 2013 - 2013/0049 (COD)) 
P7_TC1-COD (2013) 0049

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 15 April 2014 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) No ... / 2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of consumer products and repealing Directive 87/357 / EEC of Council and Directive 2001/95 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council - 2017 / C 443/62

 

European Parliament legislative resolution of 16 April 2014 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags with handles (COM (2013) 0761 - C7-0392 / 2013 - 2013/0371 (COD))P7_TC1-COD (2013) 0371


Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 16 April 2014 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2014 / ... / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags with handles - 2017 / C 443/90

US - Consumer Goods

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (January, 2018)

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 to carcinogenic and toxic for reproduction chemicals by reformulating consumer products containing such chemicals.

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, highlights of some recent consent agreements are summarized as below:

 

Product

Chemical

Limit

Case No

Plastic charging kit

DINP

1000ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court
 

Hose coupling nut

Lead

90ppm
1.0 μg
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court
 

 

US

California Prop 65- Amendment of Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings Approved

In our October 2017 News Flash Edition, we informed about the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) publishing a proposal to amend sections of Article 6 of Title 27 of the California Code Regulations.

On 20 November 2017, the proposed amendments were finally approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will become operative on 30 August 2018

Below the main points:

 

Section

Main amendments (non-exhaustive)

25600

1. Definitions:  subsections (b), (i), (j), and (m)

2. Responsibility to Provide Consumer Product Exposure Warnings: subsections (b), (b)(4), (c), and (c)(1)

25601

Safe Harbor Clear and Reasonable Warnings – Methods and Content: subsection (c)

25602

Consumer Product Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission: subsections (a)(3), (a)(4), (b), (c), and (d)

25603

Consumer Product Exposure Warnings – Content: subsections (a)(2)(E), (b), (b)(2)(A-C), and (c)

25607

Specific Product, Chemical and Area Exposure Warnings: subsections (a) and (b)

12. Furniture Product Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission: subsections (a)(1) and (a)(1)(A-B)

13. Furniture Product Exposure Warnings – Content: subsections (a)(1), (a)(2) and (a)(2)(B)

 

Click here for more information.

 

Canada

Canada Proposed Regulations Prohibiting Asbestos

On January 6, 2018, Canada published a proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations and proposed amendments to the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I.


Asbestos has been historically used in insulating buildings, homes and fireproofing. Additionally, asbestos has also been used in cement, insulation, textiles and filters.


The Canadian proposed Regulations would prohibit the import, sale and use of asbestos, as well as the manufacture, import, sale and use of products containing asbestos, with limited exceptions.


The current Asbestos Products Regulations (SOR/2016-164) would be repealed as the proposed Regulations would be more stringent.
Comments can be received by March 22, 2018 and significant comments will be considered in the final regulations, which are intended to be published by fall of 2018.


Click here for more information.

 

Australia - Consumer Goods

New Standard for Swimming and Flotation Aids

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission ACCC published new mandatory standard for swimming and flotation aids (“Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017”) which provides a transitional period until 20 December 2019.


The mandatory standard is based on requirements of the voluntary Australian standard AS/NZS 1900:2014 Flotation aids for water familiarization and swimming tuition.


During transitional period, before 20 December 2019, flotation aids may comply with either with:

From 20 Dec 2019, Consumer Protection Notice No.3 of 2009 will be repealed and only the new standard will be in effect.


Click here to get the official publication.

 

China - Textile

Updates in Chinese National Standards

  • On Dec 29, 2017, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China and Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China approved 1,090 national standards (32nd  national standards announcements in 2017). Some examples are as follows (non-exhaustive list):

 

No.

Standard No.

Standard Name

Replaced Standard

Effective date

1

GB/T 2664-2017

Men's suits and coats

GB/T 2664-2009

2018-07-01

2

GB/T 2665-2017

Women's suits and coats

GB/T 2665-2009

2018-07-01

3

GB/T 2666-2017

Trousers

GB/T 2666-2009

2018-07-01

4

GB/T 2668-2017

Sizes for coats and suits

GB/T 2668-2008

2018-07-01

5

GB/T 2703-2017

Footwear – Vocabulary

GB/T 2703-2008

2018-07-01

 

 The complete list can be found here (in Chinese).

 

  • On Dec 4, 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released announcement No. 48 of 2017, publishing the updates to various standards. Below a summary of some important updated product standards (non-exhaustive list):

 

Textile – Product Standards

No.

Standard No.

Standard Name

Replaced Standard

Effective date

1

FZ/T 43018-2017

Silk velvet

FZ/T 43018-2007

Apr. 1, 2018

2

FZ/T 61004-2017

Raschel blanket

FZ/T 61004-2006

Apr. 1, 2018

3

FZ/T 73012-2017

Brassiere

FZ/T 73012-2008

Apr. 1, 2018

4

FZ/T 73013-2017

Knitted swimming suits

FZ/T 73013-2010

Apr. 1, 2018

5

FZ/T 73019.1-2017

Knitted constrictive in-wear-Elastic-style

FZ/T 73019.1-2010

Apr. 1, 2018

6

FZ/T 73028-2017

Knitted artificial leather garment

FZ/T 73028-2009

Apr. 1, 2018

7

FZ/T 73032-2017

Knitted jeanswear

FZ/T 73032-2009

Apr. 1, 2018

8

FZ/T 73057-2017

Freelance cutting knitted garments

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

9

FZ/T 73058-2017

Knitted coats

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

10

FZ/T 73059-2017

Reversible garments

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

11

FZ/T 74006-2017

Cycling clothes

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

Footwear – Product Standards

No.

Standard No.

Standard Name

Replaced Standard

Effective date

1

QB/T 2955-2017

Casual shoes

QB/T 2955-2008

Apr. 1, 2018

2

QB/T 2956-2017

Footwear outsole

QB/T 2956-2008

Apr. 1, 2018

3

QB/T 5190-2017

Plaiting shoes

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

4

QB/T 5191-2017

Insock

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

Footwear – Test Method Standards

No.

Standard No.

Standard Name

Replaced Standard

Effective date

1

QB/T 5196-2017

Shoes - Chemical test for the preparation of sample

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

2

QB/T 5212-2017

Test method for impact crocking of the upper material

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

3

QB/T 5213-2017

Test method for compression of combined sole

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

4

QB/T 5214-2017

Test method for flexing of outsole welt and foxing

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

5

QB/T 5215-2017

Test method for repetitive compressibility of shoes heel

 -

Apr. 1, 2018

 

The complete list can be found here (in Chinese).

 

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